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she went for the money and found a greater calling... this is al jazeera america. i'm randall pinkston in new yorke. >> we have a path to victory bernie sanders is running the table today, but is it enough to catch hillary clinton. in belgium, confirmation of another american who died in tuesday's attacks. in the haig, a serbian leader
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convicted. tonight we take a deeper look at how war criminals are put on trial. in pakistan, a bill making it illegal to abuse is criticized by religious leaders we begin with bernie sanders trying for a trfecta today. the polls with the task of a warning 242 delegates. bernie sanders beat hillary clinton in washington and alaska. we're still waiting for results in hawaii. the next contest on tuesday april 5. he told supporters this is just the beginning of a push to over take hillary clinton. >> we knew things were going to
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improve as we headed west. we are making significant inroads in secretary clinton's lead and we have, with your support coming here, in wisconsin, we have a path toward victory al jazeera's catherine baret has been following the run. an exciting day for bernie sanders. >> reporter: it certainly was. teaing off the excitement last night at a rally that due 15,000 people. this urged people to come early. they good so. at least one eprecinct its over flowed its space and did the polling in the parking lot.
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the turn out may approach the record numbers from back in 2008. >> reporter: here in a south seattle elementary school gym dpras roots democracy starts with the pledge. -- grass roots. >> reporter: then precinct by precinct and neighbor to neighbor the voting began. passionate but respectful >> in 2008 we eradicated the notion that a black person could not be president. this year we're going toed road accident indicate the notion that a woman could not be president. >> bernie sanders has held my values all along, particularly around income inequality, so that was my vote. >> reporter: bernie sanders was expected to win washington, but his margin of victory on saturday surprised many. the state's most popular areas is the most progressive. the caucus progress itself
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favors the most fervent backers >> he is the obvious choice for change in this election >> reporter: in the days three caucuses, wash tonne has the most delegates at stake, 101. >> who else has been secretary of state? we're lucky to have her running. i like bernie too, but i feel like she is the best person for the job >> reporter: democrats here have never given clinton an outright win, not in 2008 and not for her husband in 1992. it is a multi step process. the delegate counts won't be final until may. the sanders campaign needed a win here to reener jiz supporters to keep pushing his agenda on the national stage. his performance in the west may put additional pressure on the clinton campaign to return its focus to winning its own party
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rather than play the national game with today's results, obviously, some momentum provided to bernie sanders, but with respect to the delegates not much of a dent, especially when you consider super delegates for hillary clinton. >> reporter: he certainly has a lopping way to go into have in the delegate count. they're hoping this momentum can turn california and big delegate states in their favor. as for the super delegates, though, a lot of them have pledged for her. they are free to change that pledge at any time between now and the start of the convention. depending on his momentum, if he starts lighting a fire under people, those super delegates could, in fact, change their pledges thank you for that. a look that the delegate count. she began the day with 1223, more than 300 ahead of bernie
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sanders. the senator has picked up 23 compared to hillary clinton's five t but that does not include super delegates which are heavily weighted at this point towards the former secretary of state. in the republican contest donald trump has 739 delegates. ted cruz a distant second with 465 and a very distant third is john kasich at 166. at this point donald trump would need about 55% of the remaining delegates to reach 91237 threshold which would allow him to avoid a contested convention-- 1237. democrat have 96 upper for grabs on tuls. hillary clinton not the only official who has private email in question. the secretary of defense ash
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carter has sent emails from his personal email accounts. it shows he used personal email to senld work messages for nearly a year. most of them were about scheduling and logistics, not classified intelligence. he apologised for the emails after the new york times first reported its misuse in december of last year. turning now to several new developments in the brussels suicide bombing. a memorial of flowers is growing by the hour. thousands of people are coming to the square to pay their respects to the victims of the airport and subway explosions. we are learning that an american couple was killed in the attack. 30 year old and his 29 year old wife were living in brussels. they had just dropped off her mother at the airport. also today belgian prosecutors charged three men with terror
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offences for the suicide attacks. one of them believed to be the third bomber at the brussels airport. the same network is believed to have carried out the paris attacks last november and this week's brussels bombings. our correspondent has the story. >> reporter: in the middle here is brahim el-bakraoui. on the left is najim laachraoui. it is man on the right who is fisel c. his device failed to explode. the media is naming him ficil c >> reporter: this is a man who may be the third airport bomber, a bomber whose photograph has been all over the media for the last three days. he was arrested here outside the federal prosecutor's officers. a place crawling with soldiers and police. >> reporter: there are new names and connections emerging every
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day. it is now clear that the brusselss attack were the work of one networking, not separate. jaj was connected by d.n.a. evidence to an address used by the paris bombers. salah abdeslam and others. najim laachraoui is a suspected bomb maker and his d.n.a. was found on explosive belts used in stade de france and bataclan. khalid el-bakraoui p rented the house that was used before the attacks and also the hide out where salah abdeslam fled after paris. several accomplices are still being hunted, including this man. abrini. 101 casualties are still being treated in hospital. four of those killed in tuesday's bomb attacks have yet to be positively identified.
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it is a difficult and forensic task. >> translation: you have to understand that a terrorist bomb contains small and larger metal pieces and these hit the victims at a high speed. out of the respect for the relatives bee won't release further details >> reporter: brussels remains tense. the minister and mayor urged the postponement of a big memorial rally on sunday. policing that would hamper the inquiries >> for these inquiries we need a lot of police capacity all over the country, and it is our main priority to let the police in the best circumstances possible do these inquiries. >> reporter: the organisers agreed. the rally is off. but the grieving goes on you may remember knows 200
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school girls who were kidnapped in nigeria a few months ago. one has resurfaced as an intended suicide bomber. she was amongst those missing. she is now 15 and surrendered to authorities saying she was supposed to set-off an explosive belt. investigators described her as tired, malnourished and psychologically tortured. she was with two other girls. one arrest and the other escaped. a bill passed in pakistan that give women recourse against domestic violence. supporters argue that holding perpetrators responsible will decrease cases of domestic abuse. but critics want the law revoke. >> reporter: this is a leading beauty salon that caters to the most privileged classes but also
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offers help to victims. most of the trainees here are victims of domestic violence. many still have the scars from acid attacks. this woman came up with the idea for the salon which is training 700 students who come from all over the country. >> any crime that takes place has to be taken into account and the perpetrators must be punished and the justice should be given to the victims. >> reporter: last month it was a bill that passed that criminalizes domestic abuse, including emotional, psychological and verbal abuse of women. it called on authorities to act on behalf of victims, but some religious leaders object to parts of the new law. >> translation: islam is a religion where women are as important as other women but there are some parts of the bill
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that need to be rectified. >> reporter: there could be backlash in this male-dominated society. >> reporter: it is a major victory, but it has sparked a heated debate with the religious rights. the most powerful religious parties say they were not consulted on the bill and have serious questions. >> translation: the women protection will is against lamb. it furthers the western agenda and should be withdrawn immediately. otherwise religious parties will move against the bill. >> reporter: the bill is now law it is said and will be implemented in letter and spirit >> we have to protect women. this bill will not be withdrawn. however, we can improve it, we
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can delete anything if there is something wrong with it. >> reporter: any legislation which goes against lamb it is said cannot become law. no-one knows if the government will back down or hold its ground on this contentious legislation. one thing it can't afford is opposition in the threat of street protests four people died at a firy car crash in iowa including two police officers. they were transporting a prisoner when another car driving the wrong way crashed into them. both cars burst into flames. all four people in both vehicles were killed. a former serbian leader has been convicted and sentenced to 40 years in prison this week.
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th that's coming up in a deeper look. a right of spring. the cherry blossoms in full ploo bloom in the nation's capital.
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a former serb leader was sentenced this week to 40 years in prison for his role in the bosnian war. we look at how war criminals are tried and convicted and whether
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international justice can truly be served. this also marked the 17th anniversary of nato's bombing against serb i can't. it is the only alliance taken without the approval of the u.n. security council. the bombing campaign lasted 78 days and killed an estimated 2500 people. it was meant to drive out the serb forces of milosevic. force forces killed hundreds of thousands. radovan karadzic was tried in the international tribunal court on the former set up by the u.n. some have questioned which tribunal courts which specific investigate specific issues are the most effective way to prosecutor war criminals. a number of obstacles have stood in the way of informing one court to deliver international justice. our correspondent reports.
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>> reporter: the chamber finds you radovan karadzic guilty of the following counts. count 2, genocide. >> reporter: the 40-year sentence for radovan karadzic, often called the butcher of bosnia, holds him accountable for the death of many from 1992 to 95. it is widely considered one of the most important trials of war crimes since those following world war ii. some were discalved with the verdict. the prosecution of the essential i can't bean president who worked alongside radovan karadzic. >> it is an important trial and the result is important, so the victims and for the people of bosnia, it is not as important a decision as it would be if it had tracked a wider responsibility and, in particular, the responsibility
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of serbia itself. >> hottage taking. >> reporter: he was prosecuted by the international criminal tribunal on the former yugoslavia set up by the united nations in 1993. the tribunal also handled milosecic's trial but he died in prison while it was still going on. tribunals are limited in whom they can prosecute and for what crimes. following the verdict, we spoke with the former ambassador to the u.n. >> we, in effect, have focused on an individual radovan karadzic, but he was not acting as an individual. he was acting as the head of a joint criminal enterprise. that joint criminal enterprise still exists. worse of all, it still continues to perpetuate the consequences of its crimes. >> reporter: the desire for a
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permanent body with a global remit saw the icc's creation. not every men of the u.n. are not in favor of the court. many countries have never joined along with the u.s. clinton signed a treat tea to join the ic but congress has never ratified it. the u.s. has also signed deals with other countries that protect u.s. service members from being handed over to the icc and has demanded immunity nor all u.s. military personnel involved in u.n. peace-keeping missions. >> bay scombing and moscow do not have a shining-- beijing and moscow have not had a good record. but u.s. speaks of the rule of law. i think this is a significant
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failure not on the international community but in terms of washington's own policies. >> reporter: the icc has heard 23 cases from ten countries since it was established. leaders from the democratic republic of the congo, uganda, yornlg i can't and other nations have been handed prison sentences for war crimes. whether the icc will ever deliver international justice remains to be seen joining me now in the studio is attorney-general rebecca hamilt hamilton and in san francisco former ambassador for war crimes issues, david sheffer. le led the delegation to establish the international criminal court and he is the author of all the missing souls, a personal history of war crime tribunals. before we talk about criticism
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of the international system of julys, can we first talk about how it has worked effectively to bring people like radovan karadzic to account. why was the international criminal tribunal for the former use goes slave i can't necessary? -- yugoslavia necessary? >> it was an essential step to come to grips with what was happening in the balkans. one of the issues that confronted us was how to establish some accountability for the atrocity crimes that were being committed at the time. the secure council set up an international criminal tribunal to achieve that purpose. it has taken more than 20 years to borek its way through 161 suspects to indictment. many have been sentenced and
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others have had their charge removed or they have died awaiting trial, et cetera. but i think in the end that objective which was established in 1993 in the creation of the tribunal essentially has been and is still being achieved by the tribunal. it has taken a long time and there are many reasons for that, but i think ultimately the final verdict about the tribunal itself is that it has been largely a successful venture which is part of the long game of international justice another tribunal was established specifically to deal with the rwanda situation. can you give us an example of some of the protocols, some of the methods that are going to be used or are being used as the international criminal court gets underway? >> reporter: that court has been
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underway now since 2002 and has learned a lot from both the successes and mistakes of the yugoslav and rwanda war crime criminals. it is important to understand that all work to a mandate vested in them by governments. it's when governments fail to properly cooperate with the tribunals, for example, in the apprehension of indicted fugitives or in obtaining evidence that is on their territory, that the tribunals, including the international criminal court, cannot achieve those mandates, cannot achieve custody of those who are indicted. that's an issue with respect to governments. it's not really an issue with respect to the court itself. the court is functioning in accordance with its mandate, but it does, they all require the cooperation of governments.
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in the case of the yugoslav tribunal, it was difficult to obtain for many years, first with croatia as well as with serb i can't. those cooperative steps took many, many years to achieve in order for even the ewe goes slav tribunal to really focus and achieve the mandate that was vested in it by the security council to the point of the government dealing with the individuals who are under investigation, who are indicted, as it were, could you first give us a prime imprer on who is subject to the-- primmer on who is subject to the iccs jurisdiction and to the tribunal's jurisdiction. >> is an international court which has global jurisdiction. the former tribunal is precursor to this icc.
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it has jurisdiction over alleged crimes against humanity, war crimes or genocide that have been committed on the territory of or by a national of a country that has signed up to the court. so by and large this court is a consent-based court and it will only prosecutor a case if the country in question doesn't undertake its own credible prosecution who is it or what body is it that decides this individual needs to be progression cuted and brought before either one of the tribunals or the icc? >> for the tribunals, their mandates are specific in relation to the atrocities. with the icc it has a broader geographic mandate. the way that an individual comes to be prosecutor courted there is following a very thorough investigation by the icc itself, and for the icc prosecutor to
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begin to pursue that investigation, he has to get or she in this case, has to get clearance from the pretrial chambers or set of international judges both the yugoslav and icc are on those. do you think that the tribunal is the more effective way to go after war crimes that are more and of such magnitude that they've come to the intention of the world or do you think that at some point these tribunals need to go away and everything needs to be done by the icc? >> reporter: the objective of creating the will international criminal court was essentially to have one permanent international court that would take on new situations of atrocities as they erupted on the world scene and provide an immediate mechanism for
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accountability for those crimes. that is the ideal world, but unfortunately we're not living in that particular world. we're living in one in which at this point 124 countries have become member states of the international criminal court. many are still not party to the court. you've mentioned that in the opening. you look at the example of syria. the capacity of the international criminal court to take on syria and the crimes that have occurred in syria, if there is a security council referral of syria to the international criminal court, that's provided for in the statute of the court. that has been attempted but russia has vetoed it let's assume that russia did not vee though it. would it require syrian government leaders to acquiesce to the jurisdiction of the icc?
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>> no. not at all. once the security council has acted, then the court has full jurisdiction over the officials of the syrian government and also of the rebel forces who have been accused of committing atrocity crime. the council provides that authority but it must be able to act without a veto being voted. so it is possible for the international criminal court to truly be the course you had enadvi enadvice visioned in your question as long as there's no veto and as long as there's a will to bring these to the court. where that does not exist, such as in syria today, we do have to look at other options. many of us have been doing this, looking at how to establish an ad hoc tribunal on syria, a treaty-based tribunal on syria
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that can nonetheless start to move ahead with accountable ultimately for the crimes that many have occurred in that region. that's a gamble, but we have to pursue it if the veto per cysts before we take on that point, could we talk about something else, and it was mentioned of the 24 nations that have signed on, the u.s., russia and china are not currently under the jurisdiction of the international criminal court which, of course, leads critics to wonder that if it is enough around the world, why not for the three major powers of the world >> that is a fair question. i think the u.s., in particular, given how strong its human rights rhetoric is and how it likes - it plays such a leadership role for the previous, it will be wonderful if it would sort of put its money where its mouth was, as it were, and join the international
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criminal court as well. this is, of course, the challenge of trying to do international criminal justice, is that you are still working against the backdrop of a global political order and power is not equally distributed among them with respect to russian, obviously, the ukrainians have made allegations and charges about war crimes and crimes against humanity, and some charges made by dissidents who have managed to escape from china. i'm wondering are those the points that stop those two nations. then we heard my colleague reference the charges that might be brought against american military if the u.s. were to acquiesce to the icc jurisdiction >> the important thing to remember about the icc is it is a court of last resort.
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it won't prosecute a case if there has been a credible criminal prosecution. i think. if the u.s. was able to prosecutor kult those cases, the icc only will step in as a court of last resort u.s. prosecution of american military, or the sanction dealing with the tragic bombing of the hospital in afghanistan, doctors without borders. there have been steps taken. back to you, you referenced an effort to deal with places like syria and other parts of the borld. what is the next step, do you think? >> i think the next step is to particularly with syria, i think we have to make another try in
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the security council at some point. i think it's very important that in the peace talks that continue with respect to syria, that the issue of accountability not be pushed aside, not be barterred away. over the last 25 years, we have essentially delegitimized the notion of impunity for the commission of atrocity crimes by government units. that doesn't mean that people will automatically be prosecuted. there will still be people who will avoid the reach of the law. the point is it is not plausible any more to negotiate deals that say to individuals who have been responsive for the commission of genocide or crimes against humanitarian that they get a free pass. we have evolved over the last 25 years on that issue. it may make negotiations a bit
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more difficult, but at the end of the day no-one can prove to us that the fact that m mmr mr albashir in sudan or bashar al-assad in syria, that they have stepped down from the commission of atro city crimes because they're not being indicted. bashar al-assad has been indicted, but in terms of being brought into custody or in the case of mr bashar al-assad being indicted, that has not happened, but they are still committing these crimes. i think it demonstrates that it's a false argument to say avoiding accountability somehow brings us peace. frankly, i think impiriccally it has proven otherwise. there will have to be a tribunal with syrian, whether it is the icc or something else, it will happen thank you very much for my guest
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guests. >> my pleasure. >> thank you a number of pedestrians killed by drivers is on the rise. >> eye walked to the hospital and said to peter, what are they doing for victoria? peter kneeled in front of me said and, mom, tori is dead the driver in this case had a suspended licence, no insurance and may still walk away with just a misdemeanor. up next, the push for harsher punishments. waiting to see if police officers will be charged for killing an unarmed black man.
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pedestrian deaths are up in the u.s. every two hours someone walking is struck and killed. in some of those crashes unlicensed drivers are behind the wheel. you may think those drivers end up facing serious charges, but too often that is not the case. al jazeera's correspondent explains. >> reporter: 30-year-old victoria was an art curator living her dream in new york. >> she was at the highest point. she was breaking through in her career, i felt she was in love. i felt that she was truly happy. >> reporter: but everything changed on december 6. victoria was out christmas
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shopping with her boyfriend on this brooklyn street when an suv drove into the cross-walk, jumped the kerb and struck her. >> reporter: take me back to that night. >> i was settling down for my normal boring sunday evening when my son came running in saying we have to go to brooklyn immediately. something happened to victoria. i walked into the hospital and i said to peter, what are they doing for victoria? peter kneeled in front of me and said mommy, tori is dead. i started pounding my chest. i don't know why i just needed to hit myself. i don't know why. it was just so painful. >> reporter: victoria's family returned to the scene of the crash. >> this is exactly the scene.
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>> reporter: the man who killed victoria 39-year-old marlin sewell was uninsured and driving on a suspended licence for not paying child support >> he claims he had a carbon monoxide leak in the car. >> reporter: what were you expecting to the minimum punishment? >> i thought he would be charged with manslaughter and go to jail for 10 years >> reporter: instead he was charged with a low-level misdemeanor. soon after the crash the d mv reinstated his licence. a brooklyn prosecutor asked the court to suspend it again arguing that he admitted at the scene he may have felt light-headed and it was unclear whether it was safe for him to drive. the judge refused saying why have you not charged the defendant with reckless driving? >> reporter: victoria's case is not exceptional. in fact, in cases where drugs and alcohol are not a factor, it
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is not unusual for drivers who kill or severely injure civilians to get off with little more than a slap on your wrist. >> reporter: were you shocked to learn that her case is not exceptional? >> dumb founded. it was shocking to me, first of all, that so many people died in the city of new york on a side walk and nobody gets charged with anything more than a misdemeanour. >> reporter: the torn's office would not comment. a spokes fern told al jazeera: new york state traffic safety resource prosecutor has been dealing with reckless driving cases for 20 years. >> it is an astatute that is
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worded like many others, but our counter interpretations of that are more restrictive. they require a moral blame worthiness that doesn't appear in the statute >> reporter: victoria's family is advocating for a new bill. it would bring felony charges against unlicensed drivers. >> reporter: jo new york state assembly man co-sponsors the bill >> it is imperative that we take on this bill and push it through so it can go to a vote before the assembly and before the senate and get on the government nor's desk this year >> i work with females who have been been some situations like victoria's family. they want their day in court. >> reporter: this woman is with nonprofit alternatives. >> we watched mother against
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drink driving set a fire around the issue around drunk driving. i think we're starting to see that happen with reckless driving. >> reporter: a shift reflected in vision zero, a program aimed at eliminating traffic fatalities and severe injuries. it has been adopted by 14 other u.s. cities. >> we are working to advance in. >> reporter: the director of the vision zero network >> we've got to send the message that these actions that can kill and can change lives arnldz ruin lives do have impact. this the power of this sort of dull turl change that is hachlgt we're watching it unfold as we speak. it's families like victoria's family that are brave enough to push back against the status quo. >> running someone over is not appear accident. it is n a misdemeanour. it is a homicide
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a prosecutor is expected to announce next week whether two minneapolis police officers will be charged with murder. it involves a young man shot to death last fall. a rally outside a county courthouse today. >> there is no justice for nobody >> reporter: hundreds of people gathered here to hear the father of a young man killed after two police officers confronted him during a domestic dispute last november. police say he died in a straulg for one of the officer's guns. witnesses said that's not true.
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he has handcuffed at the time. the police chief urge protesters to be calm and showed images from a previous tense protest >> public safety is always our number one priority. we will not tolerate acts of civilians. that includes accounts of violence against officers >> reporter: some people are offended by what you said y is that? >> in is a peaceful protest. a lot of people have been having peaceful rallies. we are keeping the peace >> reporter: the protesters are also suing to get police video of the shooting released to the public. >> the reality of that as a public we want to know the truth of what happened. >> reporter: protesters have already spent weeks camped out at the police station near where the shooting occurred. >> reporter: for weeks these protesters came here to the office of the attorney-general. to pressure him to make a decision on charges himself and not leave it in the hands of a
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grand jury. in 40 years no grand jury had ever indicted a police officer. >> we had no have one-on-one conversations with him to let him know that we were not going to allow this process to rubber stamp what happened to jam ar clerk. >> grand juries will no longer be used to consider police shooting cases here. >> that's not enough and people are coming out today to let microcephaly freeman know we expect more. >> reporter: he announced his decision the day after the prosecutors in chicago and cleveland lost their jobs in primary elections. the fall out from the controversial police shooting new zealand chicago and in cleveland. >> reporter: do you think that happiness your cause? >> i think it does. it helps us in the sense that other people can see if we fight we can win >> reporter: a smokes man says
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he was not flund by what he heard in chicago and cleveland. he says protesters will likely get their wish to see those videos released one way or another, but will they get their wish for charges against the officers? we shall know within days california law makers and labor unions have reported an agreement to raise the state minimum wage to $15 an hour. according to the l.a. times the increase would occur gradually beginning with a raise next year to 10.50 an hour. the wage would then increase by $1 every year through to 2022. when we come back, the pope's easter message. a symbolic vij imat vatican on the eve of easter sun dap. the weather is going to cooperate with everybody's weekend. we rm looking at severe weather. going into tomorrow, it could
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bring severe thunder storm. dals on the cherry blossom festival when we return. pass mass
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christians in bethlehem, is
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to celebrate the first resurrection of jesus christ. according to tradition, the church was built top of the place where jesus was born. at the vatican, pope francis also led a vigil for the world's more than one billion catholics. the darkness represents the tomb of jesus before his resurrection on easter sunday. he urged people to not lose faith. it marks rising. it helped pave the way from ireland independence in england. >> reporter: it has been a hundred years now, but the significance of the easter rising resonates here in ireland to this day. in, the garden of reference, in the heart of dublin. these people honoring those who
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fought and died for irish freedom. all 1350 of them. ireland's easter rising happened on easter monday in april 1916. 150 men stormed the dublin's general post office. they replaced the british flag and declared independence. they surrendered five days later after heavy shelling by the british. they were defeated and executed. five years later british troops were gone and the republic of ireland was born. the president led the commemorations on saturday. the wreath flew half past. this, one of a number of carefully coreoghaphed events. on sunday 4,000 people are expected to be at the streets in
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a country that is still deeply divided to this day the worth now for the cherry blossom festival. >> reporter: that festival was good yesterday. temperatures tomorrow are going to be just a little built lower than average, about 36 degrees tomorrow. we do on monday expect to see some rain coming into play. if you see it on tuesday, a high temperature there and sunny conditions of about 61 degrees. for the rest of the holiday weekend we're going to be seeing some weather that people are not going to like towards the south-east. we do have some rain showers across the gulf. we have an area of low pressure pushing through the mid west. with when they come together, we're looking at rain showers from the great lakes all the way down towards the gulf coast
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states and we could even see parts of flooding. tennessee and elsewhere. maine down here and then we do have a winter storm coming into play here. bringing snow to the higher elevations to their. if you are travelling this week, we're going to see thunder storms on monday. with we are looking at better conditions towards the end of the week. temperatures are going to be well below average until thursday for san [ast ntonio washington dc is preparing for over a million tourists to arrive in the city over the next few days to stroll through the banes. >> reporter: for a week or two each year washington dc is transformed.
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it is cherry blossom time. the legacy of a gift of trees from japan touchlt s in 1912. metropolitan to symbolize lasting friendship between the two nations. through all the events that the century that followed, the cherry trees have endured. their blossoms antied every spring >> there is a sense of serinity to it. >> they're nice. >> it's beautiful. we are lucky to get this beautiful day. it's not too hot. easter weekend, it is a great time to see them. >> cherry blossom makes me refreshed. >> reporter: today it draws more than a million people to soak up the serine beauty and snap selfies. for photographers seeking that per picture, the parks service has a message. washington is a no drone zone.
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>> it is against the law and violators could face fines and penalties. >> reporter: in traditional japanese poetry, they're a metaphor for life. overwhelmingly beautiful but fleeting. that's what everyone might do well to ponder history was made last night in havana cuba. the rolling stones played the first concert by a major rock band. such events had been banned for the past five decades. tourists travelled from around the world for the open air concert. a concert that did not disappoint. thank you for joining us. i will see you tomorrow night. more newspapers from doha next on al jazeera. goodnight. goodnight. >> this is al jazeera america live from new york. >> at 7:00 - "news roundup".
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