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>> hi everyone, this is al jazeera america. i'm john seigenthaler. >> the active short, multiple people down. >> massacre in charleston. the shooting rampage at an historic black church. >> these people were in church. they were in church! and there is violence in the sanctity of that? >> tonight, what one official calls a hate crime. >> this is unfathomable, unspeakable act. somebody filled with hate.
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>> the victims gunned down during bible study. who they were and what they leave behind. the suspect. >> we do know once again innocent people were called in part because someone who wanted to inflict harm had no trouble getting their hands on a gun. >> and the question about guns and race in america. >> we begin in charleston, south carolina, with the latest on the mass shooting at an historic black church. an act of evil that has shocked that city and the nation. you're looking at a picture, a live picture of downtown
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charleston where last night a man open fired in at the emmanuel ame church. thousands crowd to mourn together. this is the suspect dillon storm roof. just moments ago the police released this mug shot. many expressed charge at the tragedyshock at the tragedy. tonight there is grief pain and prayers and also questions that have yet to be answered. robert ray is in charleston with more. >> the silence in front of the church where the murders took place last night is deafening. throughout the day a lot of people doing pop-up vigils and now more people comeing to pay
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homage to the people who lost their lives last night. i can tell you that the fbi transported dylann roof here. we're told that he is in custody of authorities here. you have seen his mug shot with his deranged look. he's awaiting a bail bond. we're not sure when that is going to happen. it is pending and the city is trying to get through this evening. >> i'm very, very pleased to announce that we've made an arrest in this case. we've arrested dylann roof from south carolina. >> it took authorities 14 hours to track down the 21-year-old man suspected. opening fire inside the historic emmanuel ame church. officers picked him up in shelby, north carolina, about 200 miles north of charleston. >> that terrible human being who
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would go into a place of worship where people were praying and kill them is now in custody. where he will always remain. >> police identified roof as the man caught by surveillance cameras entering and leaving the church. according to police he spent about one hour inside a night-time prayer meeting before opening fire, killing people including the reffent clementa pinckney. he said you have to go. the department of justice and the fbi have opened a hate crime investigation into the attack. >> and so i want to personally thank the law enforcement community because you have now allowed us to start healing. we can now tell our children that that person is in custody.
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>> the place of worship is known locally as emmanuel and is one of the oldest black churches in the south. in a statement president of the naps naacp stated: >> john, the crowds are gathering this evening and we have learned that the suspect who is in custody now has waived his right to an attorney, which means that he's either going to represent himself or he'll have to hire one. the situation here tonight i very sad very somber. one other note. the center who tracks people who are in hate groups, white supremacy groups, they never had him show up on the radar and so the motives for these horrible murders will be seen in the coming days from authorities.
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>> all right, robert ray, thank you. the suspected gunman is in police custody. he's now back in south carolina. tonight we're learning more about who he is. >> that's right, john, a portrait of dylann roof is starting to emerge and it's a troubling one. his records show that he changed schools multiple times and dropped out entirely in ninth grade. he has a charge for felony drug use. this man now suspected of a hate crime. in his facebook photo dylann storm roof is standing in a swarm. his jacket has two flags on it. one from apart side era south africa and another from white-ruled rodicha what would become zimbabwe. he's sitting on a car the same
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car seen outside of the church. his uncle describes his nephew as quiet and soft-spoken although he worried that his nephew was too introverted. at 19 years old he still didn't have a job, a drivers license or anything like that. and he just stayed in his room a lot of the time. he had purchased a pistol, it's not clear if that's the weapon that he used wednesday night. i spoke to him on the phone briefly, he said, he said i'm outside target practicing with my new begun. he added nobody had seen anything like this coming. according to court records roof has been in trouble with the law before. he was convicted of misdemeanor trespassing charges and in march he was charged with a felony drug charge. that case is still pending. the lawyer representing roof tells mother jones while he had limited dealings with him he has known roof's family for
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years and saw no signs that he would carry out the kind of crime he's now suspected of committing. there are also reports that roof had a reputation for making racist remarks and jokes. one of his high school classmates told the daily beast at the time that no one took those jokes seriously, but now they're seen in an entirey different light. >> president obama has condemned the attacks as senseless and heartbreaking. he spoke about the role of this historic church, and what it has played in the long on going fight for civil rights. and he talked about america and guns. >> at some point we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries. it doesn't happen in other places with this kind of frequency. and it is in our power to do something about it.
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>> the president acknowledged his own failure in inacting gun control measures in the wake of previous mass shootings. he also said that the politics in washington too often gets in the way. mike viqueira is at the white house with more on that. >> you're absolutely right. president obama appeared in the white house briefing room and gave a statement that was at times solemn, sometimes angry but many times showed his exasperation over his inability to move gun legislation through congress. >> the senate will come to order. >> inside the capital, an opening prayer. >> lord, comfort the families and loved ones of the victims of the charleston, south carolina, church shooting. >> outside on the lawn a vigil. and at the white house president obama says he and first lady michelle obama knew several of
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the victims including the pastor. and this time thoughts and prayers don't say enough to express his anger. >> i've had to make statements like this too many times. communities like this have had to endure tragedies like this too many times. >> and the number of those tragedies is rising. according to the fbi between between 2000 and 2006, 120 people were killed in mass shootings in the u.s. but the next seven years saw a dramatic increase. 366 were killed between '07 and '07 and 2013. he called his greatest frustration: gun control. >> we don't have all the facts but we know once again innocent people were killed in part because someone who wanted to inflict harm had no trouble getting their hands on the gun. >> but the president also conceded for now that it's a lost cause. the assault weapons ban expired
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11 years ago. even in the wake of the shooting in new town, congress has refused to renew it or pass any other gun law. at the department of justice attorney general loretta lynch announced an investigation into whether the charleston shooting was a hate crime. >> now that we have someone in custody we'll be exploring all the motives at play there. incidents of hate crime remain high. in 2013 the most recent year for available statistics nearly half of the roughly 6,000 reported hate crimes were related to race. thursday, the president invoked what he called america's dark history. >> this is not the first time that black churches have been attacked, and we know that hatred towards faiths pose a particular threat to our democracy and our ideals. >> president obama said that this tragedy particularly hit home. both he and first lady michelle obama knew reverend pastor
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pinckney as well as several parishioners. pastor pinckney was a supporter early on in president obama's presidential bid. >> the presiding elder affidavit the methodist episcopal church, reverend, our condolences. can you tell us how the community is doing? >> the community is coping there is a great deal of grief. there is a great deal of sorrow, a great deal of anger. i think it's e extremely helpful that they have apprehended the perpetrator, that helps. >> talk a little bit about the anger, the conflict in the community right now and what people are saying. >> the attitude in the community, people felt given the
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current political climate that is very divisive in our nation and in our state in particular something like this was inevitable. it's sad, it's tragic, but there are a lot of people who feel like it was just a matter of time. >> as ahead of the naacp in this chapter can you give us a sense of why the people of that community felt like something like this was going to happen? >> well, you've got a very polar polarized america right now. because it's polarized some people try to make political play to manage those who have fears about race and personal consciousness. those with intellectual might react to that at the polls on election day. those who are dangerous and don't think clearly do things like what this young man just did. that's unfortunate. >> what do you think could be done--first of all what needs
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to be done, in your opinion, to try to resolve these problems? >> well, i think what needs to be done in charleston, and i any what needs to be done as well beyond charleston is to start a real dialogue. people are rallying across the country about the horror of what's happening and it's bringing people together. the challenge is that we have to stay together, have honest conversations about how diversity about our culture and make it so that the kind of thing that causes this is no longer in separate conversation. >> reverend, i know that you've been across the street and you've taken a look at this makeshift vigil, can you talk to me about what you're hearing from people? obviously there is a large group of people gathered behind you. >> well, there is a lot of pain. there is a lot of empathy. i think it cuts across various lines when people see something like this happen, when those who
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are clearly innocent are slaughtered. when they're slaughtered in god's house that makes it doubly bad. >> the confederate flag in the state of south carolina has been a divisive symbol. do you relate any of this to what that con succeed rate flag means? >> i certainly do. there is a legitimate portion of south carolina who sees it as a symbol of heritage even though it's not my heritage. there is another part of south carolina is the same part that would have carried that when they were burning school buses churches things like that. the flag is inextricably linked to a terrible part of the
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american history. it really needs to be relocateed to a place of historical context context. >> is it a long line to draw between what happened at that church and that flag? >> i don't think it's a very long line at all if you look at those who are supporters of that flag, there are some who engage in some of the venomous rhetoric that creates a climate for something like this tragedy to take place. >> reverend joseph derby, it's good to have you on the abraham. thank you very much. they came from all walks of life drawn together by their faith and love of their church. we have a look at the faces of the victims of the lives cut short. >> reverend clenta pinckney was a father of two. he was elected to south
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carolina's house of representatives at age 23. in 2000 he was elected to the state senate. reverend ty fywanza sanders only 26-year-old. a 2013 graduate of allen university division of business administration in columbia. he was described as a warm and helpful entered. maya thompson was the wife of anthony much thompson. she was 59. ethyl lance. 70 her grandson described her as the heart of the family. sined i can't hurd,family. cynthia hurd, 54.
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reverend depayne middleton-doctor was 49. susie jackson u she was 87 years old. >> we'll continue with the history of the emmanuel ame church and it's role in african-american history. more after this.
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>> there are new developments and controversy on last week' drone strike that left al-qaeda senior leader dead. jamie mcintyre has more on that. >> pentagon officials have not confirmed the report and it has all the earmarks of a signature
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strike where the u.s. uses patterns of activity to identity targets where they believe al-qaeda or other potential enemy forces have gathered in one place. the practice is somewhat controversial because the u.s. often does not find out who was killed until after the death sentence. you may recall two months ago the white house announced back in january two hostages held by al-qaeda were accidently killed in a so-called signature strike. the president apologized, and they said that the protocol was followed to a t but resulted in tragic consequences. back then the drone strike hit a suspected compound unaware that two aid workers were being held captive there. the protocols require not only that there are legitimate targets but near certainty that no innocent civilians will be
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killed. back in january those protocols failed to protect warren weinstein and this time there were no reports of unintended casualties and it was al-qaeda itself who announced the death of its leader in yemen. a spokesperson would not acknowledge that the cia carried out the strike but cited it was evidence. >> the justice department said that 243 people have been arrested in a nationwide sweep over medicare and medicaid fraud that includes dozens of doctors nurses and other medical professionals. they're charged with submitting false billings worth $712 million. u.s. attorney general loretta lynch called it the largest criminal healthcare fraud takedown in u.s. history. the house of representatives voted to revive the trade agenda today. the bill would grant him fast track authority to in the
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pacific trade deal. >> republicans tried a different tact today after watching their trade legislation go up in spoke last week. now this latest vote was successful. but it still has to get through the senate, and democrats are voicing concerns about the security of american jobs. >> the president and republicans on one side with the block of democrats on the other. >> i'm going to describe most of what's going on over the last eight weeks as close to bizarre. i don't think i learned anything from it. >> speaker john boehner supporting president obama's fast track authority on trade deals. most stuck to their stands opposed to trade promotion authority or tpa. and it would enable the president to send trade deals to congress for simple yes or no
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rote. hanging in the balance a major deal with pacific rim nations. >> they'll use tricks to pass the tpa. >> the president has spent weeks trying to convince democrats to support his trade agenda working the phones and meeting with persons on the hill to no avail. >> this has nothing to do with the president of the united states. and everything to do with our bosses the constituents that we work for. >> but despite democratic objects the fast track trade bill goes to the senate. 1 senate democrats supported the trade agenda but it was paired with a bill to trade and assist american workers. now fast track is standing on its own and it's fate is uncertain. >> senate democrats will likely get on board in big enough numbers as long as they get
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guarantee that they'll get a vote on in bill to help workers displaced by globalization. now tonight it sound like that could happen in the senate next week before the fourth of july holiday, which would help president obama as he looks to secure his trade. >> libby casey, thank you. the supreme court ruled that license plates constitute government speech. texas was justified in rejecting the license plate design featuring the confederate flag. the sons of confederate veteran said that it was protected by the first amendment. nine states have allowed the confederate battle flag on specialty separate how charleston is mourning nine murder victims. and the sacred ground in the fight against slavery and the fight for civil rights.
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>> hi everyone this is al jazeera america. i'm john seigenthaler. >> an active shooting. multiple people down. >> the master in south carolina, the shooting rampage at an historic church. >> these people were in church. and they weren't violating the sanctity of that. >> officials call a hate crime. >> this is unphat unfathomable, and unspeakable. somebody filled with hate. >> the victims gunned down during bible study. who they were, what they leave behind. the suspect, 21-year-old dylann roof, what we know about him. the mourning in the city across the country overwhelming grief. >> we do know that once again innocent people were killed in part because someone who wanted to inflict harm had no trouble
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getting their hands on a gun. >> and the questions about guns and race in america. >> the man suspected of killing nine people inside of a charleston church is now back in south carolina. dylann roof waived extradition when he was arrested in north carolina. a short time ago he was in shackles as he boarded a plane back to charleston where he's expected is to face murder charges. the victims all black were at a bible study class as emmanuel ame, an historical african-american church. >> the fact that this took place in a black church obviously also raises questions about a dark part of our history. this is not the first time that black churches have been attacked. we know that hatred across races and faiths pose a particular threat to our democracy andless.
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>> the president and first lady knew one of the victims reverend clementa pinckney and jonathan martin has that story in charleston. jonathan? >> good even to you, john. the crowd continues to gather in front of the church. you can see a lot of people this crowd has grown throughout the evening. no official vigil but people just coming buy. so many people that the police have put up barricades to give them space. some are angry. others are confused and frustrated. but more often than not people said they wanted to come by and pray for peace. [♪ singing ♪] >> it was an hour to honor the victims and seek healing and understanding. >> i pray dear god that you would speak peace to them. >> mourners gathered thursday for a prayer vigil in charleston joined by religious
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leaders, applications and some who lost loved ones. >> we have faith. we have strength, grace and we love each other. and so when hate happens we come together. >> the mass shooting inside the city's historical emmanuel ame church has shattered the peace of peace for so san francisco many. >> a place of worship that's the many thing that my people held on to especially during slavery. it was the main thing we had to fight against the evil. now we don't even have our church. >> in decision to senior pastor and state senator reverend clementa pinckney they also lost reverend sharonda singleton. tywanza sanders was a graduate from allen university, a historically black university in
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south carolina. >> we have to work, and ledge late and process because enough is enough. >> for a church with a rich legacy, one that survived fires earthquakes and racism it's building remains closed for now as a crime scene but members say what happened here won't stop them from rising again. >> we'll walk together! we'll live together. we'll pray together. we'll stand tall for those who are with us. we'll make it! >> and again back here live outside of the church, the emen weemmanuel ame church, we've spoken to a lot of people who have come to pay their respects and really to just pray and find healing. we heard from several leaders who said that what happened should start conversations about gun control in the country.
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>> thank you very much. mr. sellers, first of all how did you hear about this? you were only a few blocks away. >> well, i was--i was actually filled with joy and hope as i was spending an even with secretary clinton as she came in town campaigning to be the next president of the united states. we were pulling out of the city, and i hadn't made it too far before my phone started blowing up and the new 24-hour news cycle known as twitter began to educate the world on what was going on in charleston. it was devastating. i was literally two blocks away from where it occurred. a night that began with joy happiness and hope ended with so much despair and devastation. >> can you talk about how you
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believe politics plays into all of this? >> well, that's a pretty loaded question john, but i will tell you this, our verbiage does matter. this was racism at its worse. that was an act of domestic terrorism. but more importantly today is a day that we grief. today is a day that we heal again. today is a tough battle that we have in front of us, but the church behind me has been knocked down before. this community has been through so much. the blood--the soil of my migrate state is stained red with so many heroes and sheroes. and senator clementa pinckney is among those. and including the nine who gave their lives yesterday will be able to look down upon us and say job well done. >> we've heard this rally cry through ferguson and many other
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cities black lives matter. now we're hearing the battle cry black churches matter. you're talking about how words matter. can you describe what is going on in south korea when--south carolina when it comes to the way people talk to each other? >> well, i can give you a better description by simply telling you that today at our state capital the flag of the united states of america flies at half staff. the flag of the great state of south carolina flags at half-staff. but the flag of the con federationy flies at high. to a month ago where walter scott was slain down like a deer to yesterday we're not going to
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give up hope. the progress that we've made in this state is very fragile. one thing that we will not do is allow anybody to tear that apart. >> why is that flag still there and what does it tell you? >> well, that flag is stella there are because we've not had the political will or the political courage, we haven't had the pressure of the world looking down on south carolina to ask that question. we have not had the conversation that has to be had. the conversation of race is not one that is just going to go away, but stay, there are daughters who will not be able to fix their fathers a brunch on sunday. i look at the people across the street. and i see them with their children what do we tell the
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children? >> i'm not sure that i know the answer to that today john. i think that what we tell them is that we can do better. we must be do do better. we will do better. this is the time to come together. those nine lives depend upon it. >> it is great to have you on the program. a very difficult night for the community of charleston. thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. >> thank you. >> emmanuel ame is the oldest black congregation of its south and has a long storied history in the fight against slavey "r" in the civil war and the civil rights movement. over the years it has seen more than it's share of violence and hate. morgan radford is here. >> you can see just how special this church was, in fact, this church has been a focal point of black religion and political life since before the civil war.
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we hear moore about the man who died while leading his church and making huge contributions to his community. >> beyond the tragedy of emmanuel ame stands a church with deep historical roots. >> where you are is a very special place in charleston. it's a very special place because this church and this site thissor has been tied to the history of life of african-americans singles about the early 1800s. >> often called mother emmanuel, co-founder richard allen was born into slavery in 1760 and paid $2,000 to buy his own freedom. he became a methodist preacher, but because he was black he was only allowed to participate in certain activities in one church in philadelphia he was told he could pray only after white members finished. after that he decided that blacks needed their own place of worship and he helped morris
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brown establish the africa methodist church in the early 1800s. >> the church has proud history and stood for the spirit of african-americans and i would say the spirit of american charleston since 1818. a spirit of defiance standing up for what is right and what is true. by saying that i mean morris brown the founder believed that african-americans ought to be able to assemble and worship freely as richard allen thought in philadelphia. >> mother emmanuel has had its share of difficulties. it was burned down a further set back in 1886 when the church was hit by an earthquake. >> one section of the country. >> mother emmanuel bounced back and became a focal point for the civil rights movement and a safe haven for people suffering from jim crow legislation laws.
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>> when the law banned all-black church gatherings, the people would gather in secret. some of our brightest leaders spoke and led marchs from this church's steps. >> in 1962 martin luther king jr. spoke from the pulpit about the american dream. and just a few years later his wife coretta scott king, led a march to organize for hospital workers. >> the mother emmanuel since 1818 has stood for freedom and worship for african-americans in south carolina. and so it's an humbling privilege i have to serve as pastor. >> pinckney had met with the obama helping the president to campaign in south carolina. there are even reports that he was going to work with hillary
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clinton. >> the president of naacp chapter in north charleston. welcome, edward, it's good to have you on the program. thank you for being here. can you talk a little bit i know you've been talking with parishioners. what are they saying to you? >> i've been talking to quite a few parishioners and people in the community and i get reactions of anger and the persons that are interested in what is going to happen foam. >> what do you think needs to happen tomorrow? >> i think what needs to be done is an overhaul in the state of south carolina affairs in particular with the racial problems in the state. it's been a long-time issue.
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i think it needs addressing i think this this is a proper fitting to address it now. >> we were talking a little bit about racial divide in many cities in the united states, about how ferguson seemed to spark a new debate in this country. and now this shooting, how does this shooting fit into what we've been talking about as an enormous racial divide that suddenly we seemed to have discovered at least white america may have seemed to discovered it in recent months. >> it has taken place in the heart where we haven't had shootings at all. there have been a few things that have happened around the country but this is one of the oldest black churches in the city of charleston. it has been around for many
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years. it hasto bring a gun into this sanctuary needs to be stopped. >> what has been the reaction in south carolina, especially at churches, black churches? >> well, first of all the thing that they have continually made clear that they want to express their appreciation and dedication to the families of the persons who were killed. that's the first over all issue in south carolina. the other thing going on in south carolina particularly is how did we let this thing happen in this day and time. there are other things going on in view of that that reflect on things that are going to happen tomorrow and the day after that. >> many of those people behind me have been praying. others have been praying for the victims and their loved ones.
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at what point does prayer turn into action? what sort of action should they take? >> praying for the families of those who were shot, but at some point in time we'll have to get up off our knees and stop praying and putting things in action. that action begins with the state level. if we have our governor with us in the midst of us talking about what has happened, and this tragedy. let us go to the governor and remove the confederate flag from the state house grounds and respect all persons of the state of south carolina. >> are you one of those people who have been described as angry tonight about what is going on in this community? >> no, i'm a person of mixed emotions. i see both the tragedy and the need for prayer. i see the need for the concerns of the citizens who live here, but i also see greater view, and
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that view is what is going to happen tomorrow. and those are the things we need to pray on. get up off our knees stand up and take it on stride, and we need to attack this race problem. everybody has been talking about race problems and how they affect us, but we haven't done anything about it. >> and can you give us a few specifics what needs to be done? >> well, one of the things that needs to be done specifically is the fact that our representation on boards and commissions in the state are lacking. if you look at boards and commissions in the state not only there but the education system the judicial system, the policies of the education system in the state of south carolina, those conditions are deplorable. not only will we be talking about praying and getting down on our knees but let's make a gallant effort to change it and we have the resources to do that. >> do you think there is the political will to do it now result of what has just happened
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at this church? >> i don't know exactly what the testing the water remains in regards to the political will of the constituents but i know it needs to be part of the discussion. i know it needs to be part of the discussion. i know that the judicial system needs to be part of the discussion, and i know that the tragedy in regards to hate crimes that are going on in this state and with regard to the citizens need to be addressed and put on the front burner. >> president obama addressed gun control and said that he was concerned about the failure being able to enact new gun control legislation after some of these mass shootings. is there some legislation that needs to be passed in your opinion in the state of south carolina when it comes to guns, and how feasible would that be? >> i think its feasible that there needs to be something done in particular with gun legislation in south carolina.
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our police departments are militarizing guns. that's overkill. as far as the regular seasons are concerned. the police have used .9mm guns for the longest period of time. they were effective safe, but now you go into a police department and if you're going to look at something to get to transparency with regard to guns in south carolina, then let's take the guns out of the hands of the ones that are killing people including the police officers and not only that but we can cut down the flow of guns coming into the state. >> edward, it's good to have you on the program. we look at the crowd still standing outside of the church tonight. when we come back, more on today's striking images from charleston in a city of mourning.
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warming is mainly caused by human activity. in the 184-page document published in eight languages he talks about lifestyle production and consumption to prevent what he called the unprecedented distraction of the ecosystem and accusing governments not doing enough to tackle the problem. the popes' unprecedented stance is announc an answer to prayers of environmentalists. >> we agree climate change is an issue because it effects the poor. the pope's call for action will have an impact on the 1.2 billion catholics around the world, but they hope to push politicians to act. >> while pope francis bases his concludes of global warning on the findings of the national scientific community the vatican claims it was among the first institutions to believe
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that global warming is caused by human activities. built in 1603 the vatican's academy of scientists was the first exclusive academy in the world among its first students was galileo later tried for her are acy, but now they have full faith in science. >> they say we follow what the american scientists are saying but it was us through our academy members what first claimed in the 1990s that the disproportionate use of fossil fuel caused climate change and global warming. >> they're trying to set an example by aiming at becoming oner the world's first car carbon neutral state. iconly it pollutes the most on the day a new pope is elected.
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>> it has become a blockbuster for environmental groups around the world and non-profit organization to relief release the trailer. in it the pope fights gas. >> now to on a unusual battle in oregon involving a 40-year-old man fighting deportation and trying to prove that he's american even though he's lived in the u.s. nearly his whole life. here is dallen allen schauffler. >> it's another day of stress for adam hoping he can find answers about his future in federal immigration court. >> how is the uncertainty? >> it's terrifying. i know i look like i have it together right now. but as soon as i get home i'll
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an mess. >> he was 40 years old and brought to this country at age three from his native korea. a string of failed adaptive and foster family placement left him traumatized and vulnerable. >> thenowhere along the line were you made an u.s. citizen. >> no. >> a criminal record that includes robbery and assault now makes him a target for deportation. since his late teens he's served several prison terms. he has a wife, a growing family, and no connection with korea. he doesn't speak the language and has never been back and feels the system is failing him. >> i don't know how else to prove to america that i'm an american. i made mistakes and i paid for them. >> this hearing turns out to be one more step in what could be a very long process with resolution and stability still nowhere in sight. >> my hopes for the future right now is just to be able to stay healthy for my family.
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to be able to stay healthy, and to be able to get through this in one piece, and that there will be some form of affair and reasonable and practical solution. >> he's scheduled to be back here at immigration court in october, and in the meantime the judge is telling him and his attorney to try everything they can think of in and outside the federal system to get answers about his status in this country. they say that they'll look into getting a pardon from oregon's governor and continue with the application for asylum. >> in the dominican republic, hundreds of thousands of people mostly haitians are facing possible deportation. it's starting to rip families apart. antonio mora is here with that. >> almost half a million haitians are briefed to live in the dominican republic. many of them, as you said, are facing deportation. starting today immigration officials are patrolling area
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with large haitian migrants. those without proper papers could be sent back to haiti. that could include children whose parents are qualified to stay. and even people of haitian descent born in the dominican republic. coming up in our next hour we'll have a report on the status of the program and it's possible consequences. >> that's coming up at nine. thank you. back to our top story. the healing process beginning in charleston, south carolina. people gathering at churches, parks and personals to remember the victims the sign that this tragedy has not just divided the town but it has brought it closer together. ♪ >> we woke up today and the heart and soul of south carolina is broken.
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>> i do believe this was a hate crime. >> it is the most dastardly act that could possibly be imagined. ♪ >> we pray, father, that charleston would never be the same because of the love, the commitment of the communities. >> parents need to explain to their kids how they can go to church and feel safe. ♪ is
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>> massacre in charles top. >> at some point we as a country will have to reconcile the fact that this doesn't happen in other advanced country. >> president obama gets emotional talking about charles tonne and guns in america threology. >> the pope will have an impact over millions of catholics around the world. a wake up call from pop