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stolen goods were destroyed in public for the world to see. ♪ this is al jazeera america live from new york city i'm tony harris. the white man suspected of carrying out a massacre inside a charleston south carolina black church is due in court in about a half hour's time. the 21-year-old dylann roof shot and killed people during a prayer meeting, the youngest victim posted this video on snap chat. it shows roof sitting among the group just moments before he opened fire on those around him. okay. we clearly don't have that. community members have draped the front of the church with flowers to honor the oldest and one of the most influential african american congregations
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in the south. jonathan martin is live for us in charleston. and the suspect is due in court in about half hour or so? >> reporter: that's right, tony and this will be dylann roof's initial court appearance. technically a bond hearing, obviously because of the circumstances surrounding the shooting highly highly unlikely there will be any bond for him. likely nine counts of murder and at this point it's too early to know whether or not prosecutors will be thinking the death penalty in this case. any governor here has said this morning that that is what needs to happen without a daut daut -- doubt, that the death penalty needs to be sought in this case. but the court hearing scheduled for 2:00 here in charleston. >> the community just inside the hour heard from the president of naacp, in really moving words. what did he have to say? >> reporter: yeah he was very
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passionate. and very inclusive. that's one of the things a lot of people noticed. yes, this is a black church. yes, we're talking about nine black members who were killed but he said this is a moment that should really impact everyone, and everyone should feel and he talked about taking this moment this climate of caring that a lot of people have right now, and moving it forward. >> of every hew and every origin when church opens on sunday morning, you'll find us there, filled with more determination, more courage, more commitment, we will attend our churches mosques, and synagogues because we will not be turned around by the religion of hatred bigotry and bias. >> reporter: and he mentioned this is not simply an issue of mass gun violence he said this is a racial hate crime and needs
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to be treated as such. in that has been a big discussion here in charleston. charleston is one of five states in our country that does not have specific hate crime legislation and many lawmakers are hoping that discussion will be renewed. it has come up year after year in the legislature, but has not passed. many people the laws that they have, and also that the death penalty is legal, many lawmakers feel that is sufficient but some are hoping perhaps new conversations can be coming up with that. >> okay. jonathan martin for us in charleston south carolina. michelle obama talked about the charleston shooting this morning. the first lady is in italy with her mother and daughters. she said that saying her thoughts and prayers with people in charleston does not convey how she really feels. >> my heart goes out to the people of emmanuel and the people of charleston i pray for
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a community i know is in pain and with the hope that tragedies like these will one day come to an end. >> reporter: the first lady said she was particularly pained by the fact that the shooting happened in a house of worship, president obama made similar comments yesterday. emmanuel ame is the oldest black congregation in the south. as morgan radford tells us now, it has seen more than its share of violence and upheaval. >> reporter: beyond the tragedy at emmanuel ame standings a church with deep historical roots. >> where you are is a very special place in charleston and it's a very special place, because this church and this site this area has been tied to the history and life of african americans since about the early 1800s. >> reporter: often called mother emmanuel, the church was founded
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by worshippers fleeing slavery. the founder paid $2,000 to buy his own freedom. because he was black he was only allowed to participate in certain activities. and in one church near philadelphia he was told he could pray only after white members were finished. after that he decided black people needed their own ministry. >> the church has a very proud history, and has really stood for the spirit of african americans and i would say the spirit of american charleston since 1818, spirit of defiance and standing up for what is right and what is true. and when i say that i mean that morris brown, the founder, believed that african americans ought to be able to assemble and worship freely.
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>> reporter: mother emmanuel has had its share of difficulties. in 1820s, it was associated with a slave revolt and was burn down, and in 1886 the church was hit by a earthquake but it bounced back and became a safe haven from people suffering from jim crow discrimination laws. >> they conducted services in secret. when there is a non-violent movement to bring our country closer in line with your highest ideals some of our brightest leaders spoke and lead marches from this church's steps. >> reporter: in 1962, martin luther king, jr. spoke about the american dream and just a few years later, his wife lead a march trying to organize a union for charleston's hospital workers. the reverend was the current pastor of mother emmanuel.
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he was killed in wednesday's shooting. >> mother emmanuel since 1818 has stood for freedom and worship for african americans in south carolina, so it's an humbling privilege i have to serve as the pastor. and earlier our stephanie sy spoke with edward bryant the head of the north charleston chapter of the naacp, and she began by asking how the community is reacting to the shooting. >> the feelings is both mixed. mixed feelings. there's some degree of anger, and there is still praise and looks to the lord for answers for tomorrow. >> reporter: i was a reporter in south carolina when the confederate flag was lowered from the state house dome but i understand it still flies on the state house grounds and it is this morning. the alleged shooter had a confederate flag vanity plate on
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his car. do you view that flag as a special affront on this day? >> i think so. it holds to the point of dignifying what going on in south carolina on a day-to-day basis. not only that but it's a hate symbol. it should be retired and put in a museum and put in its respectful place in history. >> a friend of ruths said he was complaining that quote blacks were taking over the world. is this an attitude that you are encountering a lot? >> that is kind of an answer we have here in south carolina. because of the fact it's over 100 years since the naacp has been around. the confederate flag has represented many things for various people. one of the things it represents is the fact that it is a symbol of hate. and one of two states that still flies the confederate flag. it dignifyies the racial
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relations in america. there are more questions than answers this morning about the suspect. >> reporter: in his facebook photo, dylann roof is standing in a swamp. his jacket has two flags on it. one from apartheid era south africa the other from white-ruled rhodesia the country that would later become zimbabwe. in another photo he sits on the roof of a car, apparently the same car seen outside of the church. roof's uncle describes his nephew as quiet and soft-spoken, though he worried that his nephew was too introverted. he said: he also said that for his 21st birthday in april, roof's father
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gave him a 45 caliber pistol. i talked to him on the briefly for a few moments and he said: according to court records roof has been in trouble with the law before. he was convicted of misdemeanor trespassing charges in march. the lawyer representing roof tells "mother jones" that he has known roof's family for years and saw no signs he was capable of committing the crime he is suspected of committing. the state department just released a major report on what the u.s. government defined as terrorism in 2014. the main focus of the report is
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isil. weak governance in the middle east has enabled the group to make unprecedented advances. >> reporter: the report takes a look look at how the spread of terrorism is affecting not only the u.s.'s national security interests, but also the national security interests of its allies and enemies. isil perhaps has been responsible for the most attacks and the most inspired copy cat attacks around the world in 2014, but it also says that groups such as al-qaeda and the taliban cannot be discounted as potential threats either to the u.s. or itself allies. the organizations also highlighted in this report have either been looking to isil for inspiration or are finding a way of actually recruiting new members because of isil's stated
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goal of trying to establish a caliphate in the middle east. it notes that a number of countries have been dealing with their own organizations that have been carrying out attacks, that don't have anything to do with isil such as boko haram in nigeria, al-shabab in ethiopia and somalia, as well as looking at the efforts of groups such as al-nusra, which took up arms against bashar al-assad but which is considered to be a foreign terrorist organization. all of these groups present their own complications according to ambassador tina kate. and she says what the u.s. and its allies have to do is find solutions to basically neutralize these groups. there's not just one size fits all solution. thousands who fled haiti
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could be forced to return. up next deportation to a nation still struggling to rebound from widespread devastation and starvation. and a passionate call for justice in canada. ivory tusks taken from poachers. today wildlife officials make a statement. stolen goods destroyed in public. ♪
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well today in time square a ton of elephant ivory has just been crushed. it was a display to remind thousands of visitors to the cross roads of the world that 96 elephants a day are being killed for their tusks, and at that rate they could soon be extinct. john tell us more. >> isn't it amazing 96 a day, one every 15 minutes is killed for its ivory.
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why time square? once upon a time new york was the center of ivory trade in this country, and lots of it still passes through here. let's take a look at what we witnessed. those are your little buddhas, your tiny birds and small animals all made in ivory, on their way to ivory heaven in time square. they are being destroyed right now. these were at one point to be sold by a man in philadelphia but he got caught. there were hundreds of people there to say that ivory trading is wrong. >> it is true that if this practice isn't brought to an end thattel facts can be instinct. >> the conservationists say absolutely. they reckon we have about ten to 15 years left.
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it's difficult to blame the poachers, but there is such pent-up demand in the u.s. and in china, in particular. john represents the wildlife conservation society, and he can tell you more about the staggering statistics out there. take a look. >> in 1980 there were approximately 1.2 million elephants, now there are less than 19,000. and every day 96el elephants are killed. and at this rate elephants will go extinct. we're at a crisis point. there is a massive, massive loophole in our laws and it is that you can trade legally in ancient ivory, but you can't tell the difference between the new stuff and the old.
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>> all right. john thank you. a stow away has been found dead after apparently falling from a jet at the end of an 8,000 mile journey. he was traveling from south africa to london england, and the victim survived the flight before falling from the plane on to a roof of a building. another stow away survived but his condition is listed as serious as a lobing -- local hospital. the dominican republic is considering exporting thousands of people back to haiti, some of them fled haiti after the devastating earthquake that happened five years ago. >> reporter: officials say they have not begun deportation operations in the first 24 hours since the deadline passed.
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despite the fact that hundreds of thousands of people are now at risk of being deported across the island to the haitian side. the government says about 300,000 people filed their paperwork, trying to prove their status by the deadline on wednesday, but only about 10,000 of those applications had all of the necessary documents. we spoke to a man who falls into that category he says he was there up until the deadline filed all of his paperwork, but was told it lacked some of the proper documentation. now he says he is worried he could become stateless or sent back to a country he knows very little about. the government is sending mixed messages. officials are saying they are going to be patrolling areas where people of haitian decent are known to live and work and they could be sent over the border. but we are not seeing that
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deportation, and that could be because they are worried about the scrutiny of these mass deportation. now we saw also a protest earlier on thursday here in the capitol outside of the haitian embassy. at that protest many people of haitian decent saying they feel dominican and should not be sent back. the numbers of refugees around the world are at an all time high. nearly 60 million people were forcibly displaced from their homes last year. u.n. officials say the situation will only get worse with the wars in syria, iraq and yemen. there is a call for justice in canada where hundreds of aboriginal girls or women have been gone missing or murdered in
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the past years. john hendren has our report. when tina was found in the red refer, canadians awoke to an epidemic. >> it had to take her to die to make a difference. it was like she opened the doors. for all of the women out there. >> reporter: the canadian government says nearly 1200 aboriginal women or girls have been murdered or gone missing from 1980 to 2012 but the prime minister has rebuffed calls for a national inquiry. >> we should view this as crime. >> reporter: aboriginal leaders insist it is a phenomenon and the legacy of centuries of mistreatment of their communities. >> indigenous people as a whole don't have equitable access to
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education, justice, reproductive health, food water, housing. it is all of those issues that create this sphere of violence against indigenous women and girls. >> reporter: this is where police found the body of tina wrapped in plastic, the horrific details of her case finally captured the nation's attention. but that was years in the making. 12 years earlier, the body of a 16-year-old girl was found in this same spot. felicia is one of four relatives of bernadette smith's who have gone missing or were murdered. >> they weren't someone who was disposable to just be thrown in a river like -- like they are garbage. if it was prime minister harper's daughter you know, i definitely think things would be different. >> reporter: so with the government treating the missing
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and murdered women each as an isolated crime, aboriginal people have taken it on themselves dragging the red river for bodies as police watch from a distance. on the streets, the bear clan is patrolling the streets where prostitutes and drugs are part of the scenery, they say the police show an indifference that would never be tolerated in other communities. >> we want people to know that driving through our community looking for sex is not going to be accepted. >> reporter: police declined our requests for interviews. as the calls to treat the murdered and missing as a systemic danger that disproportionately affects aboriginals grows louder the list of those who mourn the missing grows longer. up next the unforgettable moments from charleston, south carolina. [ sobbing ]
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>> wow, these are amazing... >> techknow, where technology meets humanity! only on al jazeera america ♪ okay. we want to give you a quick reminder here as we take a look
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at this shot from charleston south carolina. in that is the courtroom, but we believe that is the entrance that dylann roof will be walked through in just a couple of minutes here. he is scheduled in for his first court appearance. it's scheduled to take place in less than ten minute's time but, you know, these things are fluid. again, that's a live picture from inside the courthouse. stay with al jazeera for the latest on this. ♪ >> and last night outside of emmanuel ame church in charleston south carolina, a stirring tribute, a woman played amazing grace on the bagpipes. one of many vigils held in charleston and across the country. >> i was able to see him. i was able to get behind him. i was able to get his tag number. i was directly behind him at a
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stoplight. the only thing i could still see was those people in charleston with those prayer circles with their hands gathered praying that that prayer would be answered. >> she followed the car for 35 miles before police nabbed roof. she thinks there was some kind of divine intervention that put her in the right place at the right time. i'm tony harris. the news continues next live from london and for the very latest you can always go to our website, and we leave you now with some of the more poignant moments of that tragedy in charleston. ♪ >> we woke up today, and the heart and soul of south carolina was broken. ♪
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>> i do believe this was a hate crime. >> it is the most dastardly act that one can possibly imagine. ♪ >> and we pray father that charleston will never be the same because of the love the commitment of the communities. ♪ >> parents are having to explain to their kids how they can go to church and feel safe and that's not something we ever thought we would deal with. ♪
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| [music] | hello there. this is the news hour live from london. coming up, a man charged with killing nine people in a south carolina church faces a court herring. also ahead. >> i remain optimistic on this one. >> a ceasefire is still possible despite the geneva peace talks ending with no progress. greek banks are thrown