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curtus banks. it happened in the downtown area of the city of hattiesburg. we are learning new details about the victims. the victims meaning the police officers out just doing their job. they have been identified at 34-year-old benjamin deen who was named the city's officer of the year in 2012 and 24-year-old liquori tate, a recent police academy graduate. >> ryan who took this photo is on the phone bus. tell us about that moment. what did you see and what did you hear? >> at that time, members of the lamar county sheriff's department pulled into the lot
that was the mississippi highway patrol j. office and pulled into the bay and exited with that suspect who was curtus banks, the final suspect to be apprehended. whenever he was pulled out of the car, he was continuing to scream and i was actually able to get close enough to him to ask, did he do it? and, in turn, he said, "no, sir, i did not." and then they continued to take him away inside for questioning at that time. >> how about the other suspect, the mayor says is his brother marvin banks? any interaction with him? did you see him? >> i was able to see marvin only through the glass at the mhp headquarters here. but i was not able to speak with him. then earlier, right after the incident, a female suspect was also taken into custody from the
suspects' vehicle but we do not have a name on her as of now. >> i wonder, ryan, hattiesburg, a small town. i've been there and covered a tornado, unfortunately, there, about a year and a half ago, and reporters and police get to know each other over a period of time. did you know either of these officers? >> i actually did know officer deen very well. >> tell us about him. >> he was a great guy. he was never one for confrontation. he was very -- he was standoffish. he was just an all-around nice guy that would do anything for you. and he had a k-9 dog named tommy and it was an unbelievable bond they shared and to watch them work together over the years, it was something that was very special. >> one more question about these two men, marvin and curtus
banks. we learned they reportedly have a criminal record. do we know any specifics there? >> curtus banks, i do know, has a previous conviction for drug charges. i did not know the specifics on marvin on what his charges are. >> okay. ryan, thank you so much. ryan moore with wdam out of heartysburg mississippi there, thank you so much for speaking with us and we will continue to follow your reporting from the city. thanks. >> thank you. cnn law enforcement analyst cedric alexander is joining us now on the phone. cedric, good morning. you know, we are talking about the two police officers killed just as they were doing their jobs, killed in mississippi. we remember the police officer from new york who was just buried on friday. what goes through your mind with this string of cop shootings? >> first of all, my heart and prayers go out to the officers
and their families and their police community, particularly on this mother's day. and the loss and the pain that community must be in. i just think it's very important to remember in this day and time that police is under a great deal of scrutiny, the importance of their jobs and what they put on the line for us every day. here, two young police officers age 34 and 24, lose their lives protecting the citizens in that community there in hattiesburg. i'm sure it is painful for that community and what goes through all of our minds is the fact they came to work last night to serve that community and serve that community well. i'm quite sure like they have on many occasions before. we are all saddened by this across the country. it reminds us of the importance of stopping and regardless of where we live, stopping and saying to police officers, thank you for the every day, because
they do a tremendous job and here again, my hearts and prayers go out to these officers. >> six police officers were killed in the line of duty this month alone. that is according to the officer down memorial page. how do police departments handle hearing about this? are you getting any, you know, sentiment from police officers that they are afraid to go out there and do their jobs? >> well, there certainly is a painful loss for all of us. any time a police officer loses his or her life in the line of duty, but the men and women will continue to serve their courageous and bold, they are trained and they are there for a purpose and there to help people. 99% of the officers in this country are there to do a good job. yes, they think of injury and loss of life, but it doesn't keep them from going out there doing what they do every day. and they are going to continue to do their job in hattiesburg
and across this country as well too. we, at citizens, have to stop and thank them for the work that they do. six officers in such a short period of time, it is painful for all of us out there serving and protecting us all, alison, and we must never forget that. >> cnn law enforcement analyst cedric alexander, thanks for joining us. we will continue following this breaking news story and have more for you as it develops. let's turn now to the severe weather we are seeing across the country. i know if you check your calendar it says may but look at this. snow. it looks more like january! a springtime blizzard forced a wyoming soccer team to cancel a game yesterday. parts of the state received a foot of snow on saturday and the snow continues to fall. you got that coming from the winter. then we have got this tropical storm making landfall weeks before the start of the tropical storm season. let's head south through the plain states where tornadoes and
severe thunderstorms put the area on edge. some of the worst damage was in texas and that is where we are going now to alina machado who is live in dallas this morning. there is so much going on when we talk about weather. which area was hardest hit? >> the severe weather happened in eastland county, texas, two hours west of where we are here in dallas. it wasn't just here in texas where we saw some violate storms yesterday. >> right now, very pronounced funnel cloud and tornado in progress. >> reporter: more than 40 tornadoes in texas, colorado, kansas, nebraska, and oklahoma. flash flooding and hail in the same region. a blizzard in wyoming. and a tropical storm making landfall. it's been a wild and deadly weather weekend across the u.s. this twister west of the dallas/ft. worth area killed at least one person and left another critically injured.
several buildings in sisco, texas, destroyed. it ripped off roofs and snapped brick walls. it snapped trees in half. >> i've lived in sisco over ten years now, and i haven't seen anything like this in a long time. all of this water, telephone poles, trees ripped out of the ground, it's definitely very powerful, very destructive. >> reporter: storms also dumped rain and fist-sized hail in parts of oklahoma. ireporter mike windam shot this video out his back door on friday. all that water and even more rain left neighborhoods in oklahoma city flooded on saturday and a slight risk of more severe weather in the area today. meanwhile, cold air behind the weakened weather system is producing snow. this is not what these high school soccer players bargained for in wyoming. their match had to be cancelled when a blizzard rolled through the city. and the first tropical storm of the year is coming ashore along the carolina coast as tropical
storm ana makes landfall, there is a threat of coastal flooding and gusty winds and possibly an isolated tornado. but to close this tale of bizarre weather, another strange sight. a funnel cloud and a rainbow. this video captured the unlikely alliance near eaves, colorado. now the dallas/ft. worth area was largely spared in no most of the severe storms yesterday. again, we could still see severe thunderstorms roll through this area today. ivan cabrera is with us now. is it true 30 million people could be impacted by severe weather whether tornado, hail, flood? >> she mentioned as far as a severe weather threat, in a few minutes she has to take cover there because we have nasty thunderstorms rolling through the dallas metro plex. they are not tornadic but could cause damage here as they
continue to move in. you see we have a severe thunderstorm warning under that watch as that line of storms begins to move in. frequent lightning and some hail with this potentially, and straight line wind damage, that is going to be coming through dallas. if you're not up yet, you're going to be up in a few minutes as these storms begin to roll through. all of that will push toward the north and east. you see how the computer model forecast picks up nicely? we like to see that. that is good initialization which is what we call it. if it didn't have that, we won't believe the rest of it here. the line continues to push up so by the time we get into the evening hours all of that goes up toward st. louis but a trailing line of very nasty thunderstorms continues to redevelop. and so that means that texas is not done here. we have the storms this morning and then later this afternoon and evening, the potential for stronger thunderstorms. the ones that could put down tornadoes again. i know, in texas here. dallas included here and then headed up towards des moines where upper level feature is
spawning the severe weather the last several days and all of this continues to push east. monday, another stormy day across the united states. i want to update on the situation with ana making landfall here. last few minutes, the national weather service has made it landfall, myrtle beach, gusty winds. 45-mile-an-hour winds and we are three weeks still before the start of the hurricane season and already we have ticked off the a in the list. bill will be next. hopefully, bill will wait its turn into june and maybe even july. but there it is. ana, gusty winds. stay away from the shore and the beaches with those rip currents today. we will keep you posted on that. >> ivan cabrera, thanks. >> he is the man credited with bringing the united states and cuba together and now, for the first time since that relationship thawed, pope francis sits down with cuban president raul castro.
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that dialogue is necessary as one of the important elements of that publishing. but, you know, i wonder what is the state of catholicism in cuba? we reported the first catholic church since the cuban revolution is now being built in cuba. >> i think, victor, from the internal catholic point of view, the importance of this trip -- forget the geo politic of it. the catholic church in cuba is going through a rough past. it's checkered in the state and it's difficult to get zoning permits to fix churches or to build new ones. it's been difficult to teach religion in the school. let's face it, several decades of state-imposed eighatheism ha taken its poll. one quarter of the catholics in the country goes to mass on a regular bays and 50% say they
have no religion at all. this is a church that needs a shot in the arm and certainly this hit by a wildly popular pope in the first pope from south america i think could be the new leash on life that the catholics are looking for. >> how does this current pope match up with other recent popes as far as political activism? >> i think the substance of his positions are exactly the same as those of john paul. they called for a restoration of diplomatic relations and they called for cuba to take its place in the community of nations and they also called on cuba to do a better job of promoting human rights and religious freedoms, so nothing has really changed there. i think the difference is that francis, at least on this issue, has simply been more effective at moving the ball. you look at his poll numbers
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