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bystanders caught it on camera, carr's son, eric garner was accused of selling loose cigarettes and pulled to the ground by a new york city police officer. the officer that wrapped his arms around eric garner's neck was fired he was never charged with a crime. instead garner's last words ignited a movement. the first time most people heard the term i can't breathe in a march was after your son's death. >> that is correct. >> reporter: do you think the outrage and the demonstrations following the death of your son helped to create the atmosphere necessary for justice today? >> it set the stage. i ameath and the outrage the people had at that time set the stage so
that when other injustices came this is happening again. >> reporter: did you expect at the time when you heard the details of the floyd case that family would get an indictment, a trial and now a conviction? >> no. i really did not think so. i know what happened on previous occasions. >> reporter: even as she celebrated the verdict she said it was complicated. a feeling of elation for the floyd family and reflection on what happened to others. >> i am not only angry but outraged that thiseen happening. it happened with me. it happened with others that we never will know about. it happened with george floyd. when will it end? is this the end of it? i don't think so.>> reporter: does today feel in a small way like justice for eric garner?
>> it is a piece of justice for us all. >> reporter: there is no bringing him back. >> no. never. >> reporter: is it some small solace knowing what happened to him helped to set in motion what happened today? >> yes. you have to take the bitter with the sweet. you have to say that my -- i say that my son did not vain. he set the precedent for this day to happen. >> tony dokoupil reporting. in the wake of the chauvin verdict, cbs news is taking a closer look at deadly force in policing. this year in america police killed at least 319 people according to a monitoring group. between 2013 and 2020, 98% of killings by police did not result in charges against officers. jeff pegues spoke to miami's police chief about reform. >> what happened was a travesty and a crime and unjustified. >> reporter: miami's new police chief said that the death of george floyd is a black eye on
the law enforcement profession. would you say that policing has been on trial with derek chauvin? >> i think that any time something like minneapolis and the george floyd death happened, policing is on trial and the entire profession is on trial. >> reporter: according to mapping police violence, last year black people made up 28% of those killed by police, despite only being 13% of the u.s. population. floyd's death in may sparked death against police violence around the u.s. and around the world. talk of reform gained momentum. black men continued to die at the hands of police. >> this is a taser. this is ata bu no. my with this, a glock.
>> reporter: 20-year-old daunte wright was killed by an officer who officials say meant to use her taser and not her gun. wright was killed around ten miles from where chauvin office trial. president biden made a campaign promise to create a commission to look at police reform but last week the white house said it would not move forward, and instead they would focus on legislation. >> we have not had a true commission on policing in this country since decades ago. i think that it is time to have a commission to take a deep dive. deep look. evidence-based approach to how we imagine policing. >> are you calling for president biden to reconsider his decision not to have another commission? >> absolutely. >> reporter: under increased criticism and scrutiny, police recruiting and retention is on the decline. police unions and officers will often point out they have a high
intensity job where they are sometimes tasked with making life or death decisions in a split second. where does policing in america go from here? >> i think policing in america continues to evolve and seek opportunities to be better and continues to be build. policing in america needs to be doing a better job of highlighting the many times that our police officers will get it right. very tense, dynamic, dangerous situations where there is no loss of life, use of force or a minimal use of force and the situation is resolved. because, for everyone that is wrong, horrific, criminal. there are tens of thousands where we will get it right. >> reporter: his thoughts on the issues really carry weight in washington. in addition to be the chief of police in miami now, he is also the president of a major city chiefs association. and he believes that this
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organized on the first day of spring in 1970. 20 years later there were earth day events around the world. the landmark paris agreement on climate change was signed and last year people marked earth day with marches and rally this. year it has even taken to the soccer pitch. a professional team in england vowed to go carbon neutral including uniforms and even a new stadium. mark phillips reports on what may be the future of sports in a climate changing world. >> reporter: the rules of the brderstandably call but the football haven in 170 or so years. but at this minor league team west of london, soccer, sorry football, is being re-invented. the world's first vegan, carbon
neutral professional sports team and got here because they were so bad. >> it wasn't winning or making any money. >> yep. >> they were about to go under when dale vince, the owner of a local renewable energy company stepped in had to save them. >> reporter: did you have the big idea then you would take this long established club in financial difficulty and not just rescue it but turn it in to what it has become? >> no. all of that grew organically. without any thought other than saving the club. >> reporter: the first thing that became apparent is that vince, a long-time vegan found himself not in the sports business but in the meat business. not for long. >> you owned a team that feds it players meat. >> yes. >> reporter: did it horrify you? >> it horrified me. >> reporter: the club stopped serving meat to the players and
to the fans when there were fans before covid. a funny thing happened. everyone liked the food. former carnivore players said it even improved their game. >> faster recovery times. you feel like you have way more energy. >> reporter: really? >> yeah. >> reporter: another funny thing happened. the team started to win. they are now fighting to move up into a higher division of the english league system. being vegan is one thing but how do you make forest green really green? not that hard. the club powers it park with wind turbines and solar panels and plays on an organic field. no chemical fertilizers here, just seaweed and even the water they use is collected and used again. how do you go carbon neutral in the sports business?
your fans travel. all of this stuff eats up energy. >> you have to measure your carbon footprint and do what you can to reduce it and what you can't reduce you offset by a scheme that absorbsn another way. >> reporter: the field is organic, players are vegans, power is renewable. what is left, the uniforms. right now they are bamboo. next year they are going to be made out of used coffee grounds. seriously. the next step, a new stadium built not of carbon hungry steel or concrete but out of wood. why are you trying to create an example here? is it just part of your own personal approach to life that you want to run a business this way? >> you know, it is. rou a football club, soccer we call it. you can run it the way you want it to run. >> i run everything the way i
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>> finally this half-hour we return to south minneapolis. while the jury was deliberating hundreds gathered at the site where george floyd lost his life, now known as george floyd square, honoring the man and th. before the verdict, gayle king spoke with one of the caretakers of george floyd square. >> reporter: what makes this unique? >> it is a profound sce le payrespects. >> reporter: we started at the s cemetery.
>> there are so many names that we don't know. >> reporter: 100 head stones, a place for people to grieve. >> what does it look like to create public spaces where people can come here and the space is -->> reporter: we talked to the infamous site where george floyd was killed. >> on june 1st, you came here and did what? you took it upon yourself to preserve it? >> yeah. >> reporter: what did that mean? >> i was literally picking up trash. straightening up flowers. this is originally where the community built an offering to acknowledge where his body had laid. during the trial i noticed we got the spot wrong and i actually measured out where it was and we relayed where his body had laid with flowers over
there. >> reporter: that gives me chills. >> because it is important that we remember the story correctly. >> reporter: what is the story that you want to make sure that we remember? >> one, that a man was lynched in our community and two, it was a city employee on city time that did it and three that the community came together and said not in our backyard. we also recognize that there are conditions in the context of the community that led to the incident. we want those addressed. >> that is the overnight news for this thursday. for some the news continues and others, please check back later for cbs this morning. you can follow us online and check out my podcast on this earth day, i am looking at all sides of the climate change debate.
it's thursday, april 22nd, 2021. this is the "cbs morning news." sweeping reform. minneapolis policing is at the center of a federal investigation. what this means as derek chauvin sits in prison. [ chants ]>>outre in oo. protests grow after a black teenage girl is shot and killed by a police officer amid questions about the use of lethal force. spring snow? a winter-like blast hits the midwest triggering scary highway midwest triggering scary highway crashes and whiteout conditions. captioning funded by cbs