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>> we begin with the latest on the national debate over race, policing and the use of force. it has been a week since significance baltimore police officers were charged in the death of a black man who was in their custody. today u.s. attorney general loretta lynch opened a federal civil rights investigation in baltimore. let's bring in lisa stark in washington for us. lisa, is any surprised by today's developments? >> well, what is surprise something just how quickly the justice department decided to move. as you said they've opened an investigation. it's called a pattern or practice investigation. they'll be looking taking a deep look at the police department in baltimore and all the officers there looking how they do their day-to-day jobs. do they violate the u.s.
constitution? do they violate the civil rights of those they're sworn to protect? just days after her visit to baltimore the attorney general made the call. the department of justice is launching a comprehensive investigation into the baltimore police. this. >> this investigation will begin immediately and will focus on allegations that baltimore police department officers use excessive force including deadly force, conduct unlawful searches seizures and arrests and engage in discriminatory policing. >> attorney general loretta lynch said that her discussions discussions in baltimore with police, community and elected leaders, the family of freddie gray and residents convinced her there is a serious erosion of public trust in the police. the justice department has been working cooperatively for six months but lynch decided that was not enough. >> as we look at the police
department itself in terms of the needs they have and the issues that the residents are raising they're much more serious and intense than when we began the collaborative review process. >> in the last five years the justice department has dramatically ramped up investigation noose police practices. it now has nine active investigations including one in ferguson missouri, gun after the police shooting death there of michael brown. and there are currently 16 departments nationwide from new orleans to detroit where justices is overseeing police reforms. public policy law professor said that it is wide for the federal government to take take a hard look at the baltimore police. >> i think its important that they get involved. people may trust the justice department more than local authorities. it means that there is a second entity looking over the same set
of facts, and so it provides a second bite at the apple, so to speak. >> i'm requesting the department of justice conduct a pattern of practice into the baltimore police department. >> they have asked for this probe although efforts in the city have reduced complaints against police. but she said, quote, boulder reforms are needed. it was one week ago that baltimore's prosecutor charged six police officers in the death of freddie gray, who suffered a severed spine while in police custody. they say they're gratified at the federal government's move. >> it gives us reason to believe that these problems can be solved. first they have to be identified honestly and fairly and impartially and then develop
ways to eliminate these problems problems. >> it's unknown how long the investigation will take, and no one believes that reforms will be easy. problems did not rise in a day and change will number come overnight. now the baltimore police commissioner today said that he welcomed with open arms the department of justice review and the police union also said it looks forward to working with doj as it put it, quote to heal the wounds of the city. it's clear there is still a lot of animosity. the police union suggested that the justice department investigate the mayor and her oversight of the police department. >> wow lisa stark for news washington. lisa, thank you. freed, a former federal prosecutor, he joins us from philadelphia. good to see you. look, the the baltimore sun found that since 2011 the city paid out $5.7 million in judgments, settlements and 102
civil suits alleging brutality and other misconduct. is this full investigation of the baltimore police department long overdue? >> well, it and it isn't. it is with respect to the fact that baltimore has already begun to take steps towards an internal reform, which were talked about earlier in the package. and complaints were down. i question the timing of this. they are he helpful. if there is a pattern or practice that exists, they will get weeded out, which is what they should do. ultimately it will be a win-win. it will be rough getting there but ultimately it will be the right thing to do. >> boy, a couple of things i want to ask you in response to your question. did philly enter into a consent decree with the doj?
>> there were a bunch of reforms recommended by the doj philadelphia got involved, and it is in the process of going through and exercising and instituting those reforms. in fact, we had a civil lawsuit filed last week where an attorney here in the city asked that the federal court system oversee and run these renorms which i think was premature and inappropriate. >> so you say--you said it was also helpful. explain helpful. >> well look, doj in pattern and practice is helpful because it does two things. the majority of police officers in these police departments are decent human beings who go in to do a job that you or i don't have the guts to go do, and
they're vindicated. if there are bad actors or problems, these vindications will find them. ultimately that increases the level of trust between the community and the police. studies have shown overand over again the pure brute force doesn't solve the criminal problems in this country in the inner cities. what it takes is collaborative effort between the community rand the police. we've seen it in new jersey. we've steen across the river-- >> let's trying is fred, is something, fred, is it time to treat minor offenses. i'm talking about littering turnstile jumping, like parking violations, not crimes--did you want to respond to that because i've got more. but if you want to take that off-- >> that's a mistake. i really really do, i bet if you asked the majority of law
abiding citizen who is live in these inner cities if they think that's a good idea, they would also tell you. >> are its strategies like that, the idea of quality of life policing, broken windows those kinds of strategyies that target minority communities and lead to kind of abuse of power that lead to the necessity of--tell me if i'm wrong. >> i was a fellow prosecutor. i walked the walk and i talked the talk. what you don't understand, and not you in particular, but what these people don't understand is that those quality of life crimes adversely effect the majority the large majority of people in these communities who are law-abiding cities. the people they alienate are not the people you worry about. i'm worried about people who live in the inner city, trying
to raise a family, trying to keep themselves alive and have these laws enforced by the police. >> would you agree with me that arresting more minorities because you're devoting more resources in minority communities does not mean that more communities are committing more crimes, you're just focusing more attention there. >> i'm not so naive to think that racism doesn't exist but when you go there that's a make. the arrest should be for people who have probable cause who broke the law. if a white man was seen robbing a liquor store and the police arrest ten black men. that's a serious problem. and vice versa. >> fred, good talking with you. that was fun. a former federal prosecutor joining us from philadelphia. i went back to my hometown
of baltimore to make a film on some of the most serious problems with baltimore's education system. at the time the city's schools had one of the highest drop out rates in the nation for african-american males. in that report i spoke to one mother who says she feels fear and hopelessness when she considers her son's future. >> i guess not my biggest fear, but i used to say i'm going to be standing in front of the judge telling him please don't give my son the death penalty. he's just a product of his environment. and he tried, and he--it's hard to think that one day your son is going to be in jail. that your son is going to be--but i'm realistic about things and with the way his education is going now and with the way his behavior is, and like you said, baltimore city.
>> you can watch "jade black boys" tomorrow here 9:00 on al jazeera america. british employment david cameron has won an outright victory. just because david cameron has a majority in parliament, governing is not going to be easy. is that fair to say? >> i think it's very fair. tony, in fact, it will be to the country. some of the political reporters who were covering this on a daily basis they say if he's smiling today give him a couple of months. one of the problems he has is the scottish national party swept scotland last night. they'll try to have a second referendum on separation from the united kingdom that scotland
will try to breakaway once again. prime minister cameron may find himself the last prime minister of an united kingdom and he referred to that vaguely today. >> as we conduct this vital work we must insure that we bring our country together, as i said in the small hours of this morning we'll governor as a party of one nation, one united kingdom. >> tony, there is more. cameron in his pre-election promises committed himself to holding a referendum on britain's membership in the european union within a two-year period. while he does that, that may cast a very big cloud over the economy here so it's a major challenge and it will be a very deep debate on the future of britain and it's participation in the european union to come. there are a lot of big challenges for him. >> what is next for rival parties? many of which i'm thinking
labor, did very poorly in yesterday's vote. >> big talent hunt i can tell you because all of the leaders of those three parties resigned today. you had ed miliban. he had to step down they performed so badly. the ukip leader also left. the head of the liberal democrats have left. there is a tremendous vacuum now. >> any word why predictions--some are telling me that the polling was within the margin of error. i'm not sure if that's all together true, but any word where the predictions about the outcome seemed to be so wrong? >> they're not even close to the margin of error. for the last few weeks you've had 11 polls that came out saying these polls were 1 percentage apart. they were far from that. there was a lot of soul searching and questioning of the
polling agencies today. what they say is that the political system has changed. the fragmentation of the political system away from two main parties. you have a lot of smaller parties that ran in this election, and that seems to have turned their numbers upside down. when they said have you figured it out they said no. it's a major challenge now in the u.k. political system, and people pay big money for those and not to mention the labour party relied on them. they thought they were on track to score equally with the conservatives and it wasn't even close to that. >> dana as you know that problem with monthling is not just in the u.k. out of london, dana, good to see you. saudi arabia has announced a five-day cease-fire in yemen not before telling rebels to leave the area. a saudi news agency said that it is believed to have contained
weapons, and there have been cross border attacks from the area. secretary of state john kerry said that the cease-fire tuesday night that it is desperately needed. >> they're running out of food. they're running out of medicine. they're running out of fuel. and clearly it is an important moment. >> the united nations says that more than 1400 people have been killed in the fighting and at least 300,000 people have fled their homes. there are new concerns about potential isil attacks on u.s. forces. that is why the military move today to raise the threat level at facilities in the united states. jamie mcintyre joins us. was there anything specific that prompted this action? >> no, not really, tony. let me explain what i think is going on here. this was an order issued by the u.s. northern command responsible for protecting the homeland. he essentially looked around at
what's going on around the world. what's going on in social media and decided it was time to up the security in all u.s. military installations just a notch to put people on their a-game. here's how a spokesman at the pentagon explained it today why this alert was raised from alfa to bravo. they told reporters the decision to do this now is in informed by a generally heightened threat level. he said we've seen what's happened in texas. we've seen other social media and internet-based discussions and threats so we've detected a general increase in the overall environment that has caused us to do this. they don't have a specific threat but they're seeing all of this chatter on social me. they saw what went on in texas. even though they don't believe that isil is directly directing people here in the united states, they say it is still something that has to be taken seriously. >> our understanding from the investigations are going on was
that these were inspired isil not directed by isil, which is an important distinction. >> the pentagon had something called the force protection levels. it's the level of security they have in place. it starts with no threat. then goes to alfa, which is an increased general threat, and then it goes to bravo, which is what they move to. this is a more predictable threat. this is based on all the things you're seeing going on in social media, the world if they were to go higher it would go to charlie, an that's incident or an attack is likely, and then delta, the highest level is that an attack has occur order is imminent. there is no specific intelligence they say or event that has sparked this increase. just an recognition that the world is an increasingly dangerous place and given what's going on they should have a higher level of security in all of the military installations, including, by the
way, this building the pentagon. >> jamie mcintyre. what about facilities overseas? any potential threat over them? >> of course there is always the potential threat for military facilities overseas. those--the threat level at those places are set by the individual commanders, and they can be anywhere on that scale that we decided based on the local intelligence. that doesn't change. this just effects bases in the united states. and the practical affect people who work on those bases can take longer to work through those security, you may see a few more people with imposing weapons hanging around at the entrances. >> gotcha. jamie mcintyre for us at the pentagon. coming up next on the program. >> i see the move. she cries. >> but that woman never got to see her baby again. the latest in the investigation into newborns stolen from their mothers and put up for adoption.
>> the carolinas are bracing for the first named storm for this year's atlantic hurricane system. the surf is already picking up as you can see here in north carolina. watches and warnings are in effect for charleston, myrtle beach and other parts of the outer banks. the latest now that al jazeera reported several days ago. african-american mothers in the st. louis area who were told that their newborns had died. but those babyies had been stolen and put up for adoption. many want answers so many that a hotline has been set up. diane estherbrook joins us. how many mothers have now come forward? >> well, i can tell you tony that the city said it has
received 70 calls so far. the attorney representing the original mother said he has gotten dozens upon dozens of calls from people. one from as far away as france, and all over the country. he said that about 70 of those calls are very similar to what price went through. one of the women we talked to was 67-year-old brenda stewart. she gave birth to a baby girl in june of 1964. she said she went in to the hospital. had what she thought was a normal delivery, and then moments after she delivered that baby she was told that her daughter had died. >> she cried. they held her up at the end of the bed--at the end of me so i could see her. i seen her then they took her over to the table and they started suctioning her out. they wrapped her in a blanket. once they wrapped her in a
blanket they went out the door. >> steward said that she never received a birth certificate. she never received a death certificate. and all of these 50 years she's been convinced that that daughter is still i life. >> what is the city doing about this? >> the city did set up a hotline that people can call and request hospital records. if they want to get a birth certificate or death certificate they have to go through jefferson city. >> that was my question, how long before women can get their hospital records. >> keep in mind that this hospital closed in 1979, so they don't have digital records so those records are in storage. so the earliest would be 45 days. >> diane estherbrook for us. you know, thousands of police officers gather today to pay their final respects to a fallen new york city police
department brian moore died two days after he was shot in the head. his death is a reminder of the dangers facing law enforcement as police officers are under scrutiny for misconduct. we have reports from new york. >> a final salute to officer brian moore. the 25-year-old killed in the line of dutiy was the only son of the retired nypd officer. >> just like--snap--out like that. for what? for nothing. people don't realize what we do. >> prosecutors say that this man, demetrius blackwell shot moore in the face when they approached him for questioning. last year it's been tough for the nypd. >> we've not had a police officer death for four years. then we had louis ramos, who was assassinated and then officer moore was killed tragically in the line of duty doing what we ask officers to do.
>> his death comes after months of demonstrations at a time when police and their behavior nationwide are being analyzed closely. >> go back to 9/11, especially in new york, every cop is a hero. this is completely changed. we have new york, ferguson chicago, baltimore incidents everywhere across the country. it's become apparent to the country that there has been a lot of bad stuff that's gone on. >> the change in public standing is not lost on police officers present and past. >> throughout the whole nation as police it's terrible. why would you want to be a cop in this day. >> still neighborhood residents brought flowers expressing their sadness and appreciation for the tough job officers have. >> when anything wrong somebody is hurt, or you need assistance, they are the first ones you think about calling.
they're the first ones there. >> and coworkers recall the dedicated young officer. >> brian always helped people. always. >> with less than five years on the force his death is a reminder of the risk that all officers face and how hard heroes can fall. kristen saloomey. new york. >> four people were killed today when a small plane plummeted and crashed on to a busy enter tate in atlanta. authorities say that the piper pa 32 ran into trouble shortly after it took off from a small airport in atlanta. the crash started a huge fire around interstate 285. they had to break quickly to avoid the plane. federal investigators are trying to figure out what caused the crash. the unemployment rate is at nearly seven-year low and many areas are now finally to see an economic boost. plus he thought he was ebola
>> boy, a big close in the week over wan streets. stocks rally behind good but not great april's job report. the dow up 267 points. patricia sagba breaks down the numbers. >> the economy cleared a major bar in april. the u.s. labor market bounced back adding 223,000 jobs. anything less than 200,000 would have been anxiety inducing after the dismal march job reports. the unemployment rate ticked down to the lowest reading since may 2008, and it ticked down for the right reasons because the number of people working or actively looking for a job edged up slightly.
45,000 new construction jobs were created last month after shedding 9,000 in march. meanwhile, 15,000 mining jobs were lost, another sign of low oil prices forcing drillers to cut back on production. a modest gain to clock in a $23.83 roughly 2% rise year over year enough to keep people's heads above water but not the rise that would signal the economy as quicking into high gear. >> thank you. tara sinclair the chief economist for the job's search site "indeed," i think i got that correct. and she joins us from washington. they're calling this the goldilocks report. what does that mean? >> i think what it means is that it's the just right report. it has good news for most groups without great news that the feds was going to swiftly take action
in june. >> what concerns you about the report? >> the first is labor force participation. if we're seeing strong job creation month after month at some point we think that some people might want to come back in the labor force because it's still remarkably low. but at this point its staying low. the second piece that people are focused on is wages. wage growth is moderate. 2.2% it does not sound like a great raise. >> let's talk about wages for a minute. it has improved a bit but not great. do i understand that correctly. you're not totally displeased with that? you want a slow and steady wage growth? >> well, that's right. i think there are a couple of reasons why we want the slow wage growth. on one side it means there is
still the possibility that the shadow labor force the people during the recession people who gave up looking for work may come back and start looking again. that would be a good sign for the over all health of our economy, and that would make it easier for employers to fill positions before having to raise wages. in addition higher wages may mean that the feds will raise rates sooner than later. and they hope to hold off on that to keep the economy chugging along. >> what happened to that march report. was it an outlier? >> i would definitely describe it as an outlier. but there were some weather factors involved, and you know, also we saw that the first thing that happened in response to the drop in oil prices seem to be a loss of jobs in that sector. and then it's going to take some time before the extra spending
that people will have from the lower gas prices for that to create jobs in other areas. i think that's another reason why the march number was low. >> you're a chief economist for your company give me a forecast. what does the next three months the next quarter look for you? >> well, i think we're really watching the data very closely because it can go really i'm see two different key scenarios taking place. one, people coming back to the labor force and the unemployment may not drop very quickly but there will be strong job creation and moderate wage growth. the other option is that we're as good as it gets in terms of getting people back in the labor force in which case we'll see companies having to battle each other for existing labor and that will push wages up faster. >> which of those scenarios dubaido you buy into this?
>> i'm leaning towards people coming back in the labor force and slow drop in the unemployment rate for this year. >> tara sinclair joining us from washington. president obama said that the u.s. economy is strong and now is the time to map out new international trade agreements. the president made the statement at the oregon headquarters of sporting goods giant nike. he said new deals are necessary to help american workers. >> if we don't write the rules for trade around the world guess what? china will. and they'll write those rules that give chinese works and chinese businesses the upper hand. >> there are some parts of the country that are still waiting for the jobs market to bounce back. one of them is las vegas. in nevada the unemployment rate is still at 7%.
andy gallagher has a look at why so many people there are still out of work. >> at the height of the recession north las vegas could barely cope for the number of people looking for work. things have improved, but this city was one of the hardest hit during the financial price and for many it's recovery continues to be painfully slow. jessica hoyt still hears heartbreaking stories every day. >> we have a lot of people who come in and say i needed a job yesterday. i'm this close to losing my house. i'm homeless, i'm trying to get back on my feet. we have a lot of people coming in like that, but we do have people who are having some success. >> for some options are quickly running out. she has been unemployed since december, her life savings are gone and in a job market full of young people she's beginning to lose hope. >> i've been applying, a hundred times, probably.
if they call you as soon as they see you they say mm-hmm, so it's hard. >> las vegas is a place that's almost entirely dependent on tourism dollars. it is, after all the entertainment capitol of the u.s. that's what made it so vulnerable in the first place but there are some indications of a recovery. >> there are encouraging signs. construction is on its way back and for the first time people are moving to the city to take up work. and economists say important lessons have been learned for the future. >> las vegas economist said that the place known as sin city is now heading in the right direction. >> i'm optimistic that we need to do something different. we need to grow up. we can't depend on gaming, hospitality and tourism. we need to get serious on our
education system and how we diversify the economy. >> will have saw record numbers of visitors and the population once again is beginning to grow. but the underlying unemployment rate is still high, and this city is set for a long road to recovery. andy gallagher las vegas nevada. >> well, weeks after what is believed to be the worst migrant disaster in the mediterranean the italian navy has locateed that sunkel vessel the boat was found 85 miles off the coast of libya. and italian prosecutors say hundreds of bodies were found in the vessel. 800 people are pleased believed to have drowned. only 28 survived. tens of thousands of migrants have reached italy by europe by sea. many of them come by way of
italy. we investigate what happens once they land. >> i remember the first time i came. in sicily an even across the sea migrants known as the voice of the mediterranean. her phone number in their pockets as they begin that perilous crossing their lifeline to the italian coast guard. >> last august there were 17 boats at sea and eight were calling my mobile. eight boats and each of them were calling 30 times until they were all rescued. >> an arabic-speaking italian born in more morocco. she dedicates her life to help those who cross the mediterranean each year. >> it's not easy. many times i don't sleep for days. but my life compared to the lives of thousands of people is simply nothing. it is something that i have to
keep doing. i cannot stop. >> and she's there to greet them when they arrive at the local train station intercepting refugees before they're preyed on again by human traffickers. >> each one of these refugees has paid thousands of dollars just to make it this far. the going rate is about $2,000 a head regarding regardless of age. there are smugglers lurking here now, looking for more refugee money. >> the syrians including so many small children they have gathered at the train station were rescued the same day as a deadliest ship wrecked in the
mediterranean. hundreds drowned. >> what we're trying to do is keep give the help that public constitutions are not surviving. all you need is your hand, your feet and a big heart. >> what nawal is doing is pushing the boundaries of the law. she has been investigated by the police. accused of aiding and abetting illegal i immigrants. charges that were later di missed. >> they understand that i'm a human rights activist not a human trafficker. >> for would be asylum seekers the mediterranean cross something just one stage of the journey. for those who made the journey there is no question that crossing the mediterranean is
the most perilous part of the strip. but by no means is this the end of the voyage. what many want is to get out of italy and get to northern europe where they have family and friends. in order to do that, they have to leave italy undocumented. without having fingerprints taken. and that sets off a game of cat and mouse. >> you can watch the serious premier of "campus" with sheila mcvicar. >> china's armed police restore a highway linking their country to the nepal highway that was completely shut down for two weeks. that prevented aid supplies meant for earthquake survivers getting to the northeast in china. devastated infrastructure is slowing relief deliveries all over nepal and the u.n. said that more donations are desperately need: more reports on how people are trying to
cope. >> right now it's the essentials that are needed most. >> there was an inflation of prices well. >> with so many left homeless makeshift open camps have sprung up around the capital. people whose houses are still standing are often too afraid to return to them. shelter is a prime minister priority. >> we as a group decided to take the initiative to produce tents as fast as we can and to provide to the relief groups to distribute to the villages. >> with the shortage of tarp in nepal these partners had to get creative. this material called flex roll is typically used for advertising signs. they're buying it on credit, selling some of the finished
tents at the cost to manufacturer and donating the rest. >> this is only a temporary solution why. >> yes it is. >> that's because the tents will last only 20 days which is not long enough to be of help during monsoon season, which is rapidly approaching. still with volunteers come together workshop every day they've been able to produce more than 1300 tents. keeping dry is one worry. killing germs, quite another. >> the importance where water is rare. so we are providing hand sanitizers in places where there is less water and so the water can be used for drinking purpose primarily. >> but far more difficult is getting it delivered to the hardest-hit areas where there is a lack of adequate sanitation. >> literally villages have been
leveled, and you can see the roofs of the house and people are staying in tents, and open defecation is massively practiced and hygiene is not practiced. >> prevention of disease citizen important enough. but of even more concern is nourishment. here members of this community center have banded together to prepare much-needed food. peeling, chopping, stirring, cooking, this is a huge collective effort. volunteers here tell us they're making enough food to feed thousands of people every day. that their teams are delivering this food, and they're also giving food to the military to distribute. with nepal under such enormous strain the pressure here won't end any time soon. those suffering need the very basics at a time like this when the flow of aid is clogged and the delivery of necessities is
slow every little bit helps. mohammed al jazeera, kathmandu nepal. >> doctors studying one of the americans survived the ebola made a discovery that the virus was alive and well inside one of his eyes. jacob ward explains how that's even possible. >> reporter: when doctor ian was released from emory hospital after fighting off ebola in october, it was clear that he had been very lucky. he contracted the disease while working in a treatment ward in sierra leone, and after return together u.s. for treatment he nearly died. but he managed to be in the lucky 50% of people who survived the disease. but he went back in a couple of months later complaining that his vision had faded. he was in pain and he had strange increasing pressure in his left eye. even stranger than that the eye had turned from blue to green.
and he told "the new york times" it had taken on a doughy consistency to the touch like dead skin. ebola had survived inside his eye. doctors decided to administer an experimental anti-viral pill and steroid. within a week his vision began to clear up, and now his sight is back. but there is no sense whether it worked or gave the doctor's immune system a fighting chance. the eye is partitioned off from the body's immune system that might otherwise cause inflammation inside the eye. that may be why ebola lingers there. now his eye surface and tears those all tested negative for ebola so he's not really contagious. you would have to crack open his eye to be contagious. but that means that ebola survived in his body for months
after he was considered no longer contagious. so we're seeing good news about ebola in africa right now. this is important to understand. as of saturday may ninth liberia, one of three countries most affected by the disease is now ebola free according to the "world health organization." it's the biggest turn arounder ising that it had the greatest number of cases and greatest number of deaths and the poorest of the countries. but it's the number of survivors who have lost their vision, and they're complaining of joint pain. and now it's this discovery that ebola can lurk for weeks. in a part of the world with limited ability to follow up with thousands of survivors there may be many people who are not necessarily contagious, but they're still suffering, and they may still have the virus in some parts of their body. >> jake ward for us. today marks 70 years since the ally victory over nazi
germany, surviving world war ii vets gather to mark e. day and thousands come to the mall to show their appreciation. the ceremony included fly overs from vintage world war ii aircraft. coming up on the program more trouble for blue bell. one of the biggest ice cream companies new about contamination years ago. plus stay connected while taxiing. good news for airline passengers.
factories. erica is here with us with more on this. >> let's put this in per perfective. blue bell is sold in 23 states and it's really like an institution in texas, it's been in business for 108 years and it's first recall was this year for a this listeria problem which we are now learning dates back two years to one of its facilities. the fda insists it was not aware of the problem untiles own inspection this year. tainted ice cream has forced blue bell to shut down three of its plants as it works to thoroughly sanitize them. authorities investigated blue bell plants and blue bell new of issues years ago saying you failed to demonstrate your cleaning and sanitizing program is effective. the report lists more than a dozen areas within the oklahoma facility where listeria
contamination was found. as recently as january of 2015 and dating as far back as march of 2013. listeria is a bacteria that causes food poisoning and can be especially dangerous for children, the elderly and pregnant women. the fda said that blue bell continued to ship out ice cream made at that oklahoma plant even after it found inadequate cleaning methods last year the deaths of three people in kansas were linked to blue bell ice cream that came from the plant. as for alabama investigators did not find signs of listeria but found conditions of. >> we had surfaces on floors, walls, and machinery. no food contact surfaces tested
positive. >> in a statement sent to al jazeera blue bell admits that it did several swab tests that showed the presence of listeria on non-food surfaces. per protocol it cleaned the surfaces and added we thought our cleaning processes took care of problems but in hindsight it is not adequate which is why we're conducting a comprehensive reevaluation of all of our operations. they say we don't have a time line when blue bell will be back in tours but we believe it will be several months at a minimum. >> so far some 8 million gallons of ice cream were pulled from the market as blue bell tries to clean up its act. and it continues to work with the company to insure its practices comply with food safety laws. >> the folks at blue bell needs to get this together. an institution as you mentioned
about erica good to see you. thank you. a legal victory for airline passenger who is want to use their digital devices on flight. a federal appeals court has ruled the faa was within its right to ease rules back in 2013. we have a look at what's coming up at the top of the hour. >> a story we've been following this year. newborns allegedly stolen in st. louis. the anguish and anger as more women come forward. plus one man's battle against the u.s. state department. a yemeni american not able to visit his family after his passport was taken away. >> the legal battle could take years. and tonight oscar winner and good will ambassador susan
sarandon talks about last night's deadly quake. >> i think it's going to be a long haul. i don't think there are many people buried in that area, but even trying to get in at the airport i believe there were reports that there was damage at the airport. so you know, trying to even get in to help or to bring supplies has been very difficult. >> we'll hear a lot more were susan sarandon and the rest of the news coming up in four minutes. >> thank you. as the lead singer of the sex pistols punk rock idol, he used to sing "god save the queen" but now he's singing president obama's praises. i sat down with him for this sunday's episode. >> i'd been aware and glad obama won the election because it's bringing all the racial attention that's riddled in this country to the forefront. i've watched the republican
party absolutely make a mockery of themselves of the hatred and hidden raisessism that is now absolutely bubbling over. i just recently become an american citizen myself, and this is a very fine introduction to the future. let's hope that there is no future but a future. but transparency in all of these issues there is obviously a police problem here. whenever the situation like that is developed, it's coming from way up top. that's not ground roots stuff. somebody has been manipulating that. >> do you believe that? >> oh, yes. >> watch the rest of my interview with john liddn aka johnny rotten this sunday at 6:30 eastern and 3:30 pacific. >> this giant flag here which local media says is the eighth
>> hi everyone, this is al jazeera america. i'm john siegenthaler. seeking the truth. mothers told their babies had died. did the hospital give the babies up for adoption? new details from st. louis. federal investigation into baltimore police after the death of freddy gray. the new u.s. attorney general steps in. warning signs accusations of a cover up behind the deadly ice cream listeria outbreak.