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Suspect Arrested In Phoenix Highway Shootings; Top Democrats Send Letter Urging Biden To Seek Bid; Candidates Respond To Trump "Muslim Obama" Claim; "Baby Doe's" Mom, Boyfriend In Court Monday; Pope Francis to Visit Cuba; Tensions Between U.S, Russia Escalate. Aired 6-7a ET

Aired September 19, 2015 - 06:00   ET



[06:00:11] CHRISTI PAUL, CNN ANCHOR: Breaking news this morning, a suspect you see him there, who allegedly terrorized motorists for weeks has arrested in Arizona. SWAT teams stormed a Walmart to make this arrest happen.

We are always so grateful to have you with us. Good morning to you. I'm Christi Paul.

VICTOR BLACKWELL, CNN ANCHOR: I'm Victor Blackwell. It's a pleasure to be with you this Saturday morning.

PAUL: Let's talk about this breaking news out of Arizona this morning. Suspect is in custody for a series of random shootings along a busy highway in Phoenix.

We know his name now, Leslie Allan Merritt Jr. He was arrested outside of Walmart last night by a SWAT team. Again, there is a video that we have of him being taken in. Police say he is linked to at least four of the 11 shootings on Interstate 10 where a shooter was targeting passing vehicles over a two-week period.

BLACKWELL: Look at this tweet from Arizona's governor, Doug Ducey. We got him. That was right after the arrest although terrified Arizonans will finally be able to have some satisfaction from this arrest. Officials say there may be other suspects still out there.


COLONEL FRANK MILSTEAD, DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY: We have made an arrest in the I-10 shootings that occurred on August 29th, that day, and on the morning of August 31, 2015. The subject is in custody because the weapon that he owned is forensically linked to these crimes. Are there others out there? Are there copy cats? That is possible.


BLACKWELL: All right, let's bring in CNN's Nick Valencia. Nick, what else do we know about this arrest? NICK VALENCIA, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Good morning, Victor. This comes after nearly three weeks of terror in the Phoenix area. This suspect, 21-year-old Leslie Martin Allen Jr. was taken into custody late last night outside of a Walmart in a Glendale, Arizona suburb.

He was cornered, as you mentioned earlier from that police officer we heard from the press conference just a little while ago, he was forensically linked to the first four of the 11 shootings that happened in this Phoenix area from cars to big rigs seemingly targeted at random.

Last night, police investigators held a press conference announcing this arrest.


BART GRAVES, PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER, ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY: Yes, he was arrested at that Walmart with a woman and a 5- year-old child. They were not taken into custody and he was. And that's about all I can say.


VALENCIA: Now police emphasize that there could be other copycat shooters in this case over the course of the last three weeks. We've been there on the ground reporting this from bullets to projectiles on that busy Interstate 10 freeway.

Again, this suspect linked to the first four of 11 shootings that happened over the course of the last three weeks. There could be others out there that police are looking for -- Victor, Christi.

BLACKWELL: Nick, have investigators discussed the types of charges the suspect will likely face?

VALENCIA: We haven't heard that just yet. We are expecting to get more details perhaps later on this morning. We know that officially charges have not been filed so far against this 21-year-old Leslie Martin Allen Jr. And for what it's worth, Victor, his father was interviewed by some local affiliates yesterday and he believes they have the wrong guy -- Victor.

BLACKWELL: So when we talk about the potential of more suspects being out there, are we talking about people who worked with this man or copycats potentially?

VALENCIA: Remember, last week, Sara Sidner has been reporting for us. Three people of interest were taken into custody. Two of them were released one was later arrested and charged on an unrelated marijuana possession charge.

You know, this had terrorized the Phoenix area for a long time for weeks and this is really reminiscent of something that happened there ten years ago. There was another serial shooter there ten years ago.

So there are a lot of nervous residents in this area. Not so sure that they can rest easier. But first four of the 11 shootings this suspect is linked to. There could be others out there -- Victor.

BLACKWELL: All right, Nick Valencia for us this morning. Nick, thank you.

VALENCIA: You bet.

BLACKWELL: New support and potentially some big money to get Joe Biden to run for president. A letter from nearly 50 top Democratic fundraisers is urging the vice president to enter the race.

Now here's an excerpt from it. "The Obama-Biden administration has been a spectacular success. But much work remains to be done. To finish the job, America needs a leader, who is respected home and abroad and understands the real challenges facing American families. In our opinion the next president must be Joe Biden. If he announced he's running, we're all in. It's a campaign we know he will win."

The vice president has been considering as you know a presidential run for some time. But he said that he and his family are weighing whether they have the emotional endurance as they grieve for his son, Beau Biden.

[06:05:07] Let's talk about this now with professor of political science and Sirius XM Potus Channel contributor, Jason Johnson. Good to have you back with us. What do you think about this? Nearly -- not just supporters but some big money folks here.

JASON JOHNSON, PROFESSOR OF POLITICAL SCIENCE: I think it's a sign that there are people who really like Joe Biden. But that's something we've known for a long time, but Joe Biden running -- you know, money is not the issue with his family.

The issue that he has to figure out is one, as he said repeatedly whether he and his family are emotionally prepared for it. And two, strategically can he beat Hillary Clinton.

At this point he doesn't want to run against her for good show. He's got to have maybe three clear pathways to not only beat Hillary for the nomination, but actually win the presidency. And until that happens, he's not running.

BLACKWELL: This letter does not name Secretary Clinton specifically. But there are some suggestions here that they point out, that, quote, "Joe Biden is an authentic leader pointing out some would say some of the problems that Hillary Clinton is facing with his perception of authenticity.

Quote, "No one is better prepared for the presidency than Joe Biden," of course, preparation and resume strongest points for Hillary Clinton. I wonder if you expect that she will respond in some way. I'm sure she'll get a question as she heads to the dinner of the event you're going to this weekend.

JOHNSON: Yes, I mean we will call that a sub-tweet. You know. You know, we're talking about authenticity and honesty they're clearly making a reference to Hillary Clinton. I don't think she is going to say anything.

I mean, they are going to be hovering around each other this morning. I'm going to the prayer breakfast at the dinner. Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton will be in the audience.

Hillary knows her primary goal right now, honestly is to win this nomination and secure herself as the number one choice in the Democratic primary states and to stave off Bernie Sanders. I don't think she's that concerned about Joe Biden right now.

Because she realizes that any focus on him takes away from what her ultimate goal is, which is staying in the lead or staying tied at least with Bernie Sanders.

BLACKWELL: All right, let's talk about the GOP now. Waiting to see if Donald Trump will address the controversy with the statement that Muslims are in the country and the president is Muslim. It continues to get heat from both Republicans and Democrats. I think we have some of the sound. Let's play it.


RICK SANTORUM (R), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: People are entitled to their opinions. We have a first amendment for a reason. People can stand up and say what they want. You don't have to agree with. You don't have to like it.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Do you believe President Obama is a Muslim.

SANTORUM: The president says he's a Christian. Look, ladies and gentlemen I'm not playing this game that you guys want to play. The president can defend himself. He didn't need Rick Santorum to defend him. He's got you doing that well.

JEB BUSH (R), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Barack Obama is a talented man. By the way, he's an American. He's a Christian. His problem isn't the fact he was born here or that he's -- what his faith is. His problem is he's a progressive liberal that tears down anyone he disagrees with him.

HILLARY CLINTON (D), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: He knew or he should have known what that man was asking was not only way out of bounds it was untrue. He should have from the beginning repudiated that kind of rhetoric. That level of hatefulness in a questioner in an audience he was appearing before.


BLACKWELL: I'm not going to ask the obvious question. I know people are waiting for. Do you think this will impact Trump in the polls and his supporters? But I wonder if you believe that there is a different approach here from Trump not -- you know, canceled an appearance yesterday and not speaking about it even through Twitter, which we know he does often up to this point.

JOHNSON: No, I don't think this is a radically different approach. Remember, this guy has said things about Mexicans, black people. He said things about veterans. This is not new. This is not surprising.

And, remember, he didn't go to Red State. He was disinvited from Red State for what he said about Megyn Kelly. I don't think this will make that much of a difference in how he responds.

I think most of these concerns are disingenuous. On the one hand you have a bunch of people saying we want Trump to condemn this. Why? He's never done it in the past.

On the right you have Republicans saying that's going too far. Why? When plenty of them have been fostering the birther nonsense for seven years since Obama has gotten office. I don't think any of this is legitimate. It's about taking down Trump.

BLACKWELL: All right, Jason Johnson, good to have you with us.

JOHNSON: Thanks guys.

BLACKWELL: Everybody be sure to stay with us. Coming up at 7:00, we'll have live reports from the campaign trail, and also an interview at 7:30 with attorney and former "Celebrity Apprentice" contestant, Star Jones.

[06:10:04] She'll be talking about Trump's campaign and addressing diversity in the 2016 campaign.

PAUL: Cuba and the U.S., both preparing for the historic arrival of Pope Francis today. We'll take you live to Havana.

Ahead, a tornado touched down in Kansas. Homes were destroyed. There were injuries. You're going to see the damage yourself.

Also, now most of the mystery of "Baby Doe" is solved in terms of who she is, but what really happened to her and what can be the parents' defense strategy after being charged with murder? We have our legal expert weighing in there.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We allege that McCarthy caused Bella's death. That he did so intentionally, that he and Bond took specific steps to keep Bella's death a secret and to avoid prosecution.



BLACKWELL: This is video that's never seen before of Bella Bond, who months was known only as Baby Doe. The little girl discovered dead in a trash bag near Boston harbor. She has finally been identified by police.

PAUL: The investigation into her mysterious death, though, is not over. This is going on today. The case has been captivating this nation since early summer. The police composite image you see there on the left was shared online more than 50 million times and there is the real little girl on the right whose name we now know. She was nearly 3-years-old.

[06:15:06] BLACKWELL: The break in this heart breaking case came Thursday when investigators say police received a crucial tip. Within 24 hours, Bella's mother, Rachelle Bond, and her boyfriend were arrested.


COLONEL RICHARD MCKEON, MASSACHUSETTS STATE POLICE: Eight three days after we found this little girl on the shoreline we're at last able speak of Baby Bella.

DANIEL CONLEY, SUFFOLK COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY: In light of the evidence that we have developed, I have authorized the arrest of Michael Patrick McCarthy, age 35, for Bella's murder.


PAUL: Now police say Michael McCarthy is not Bella's biological father. Bella's mother and McCarthy are due in court on Monday.

CNN legal analyst, Joey Jackson, is joining us now. Joey, first of all, I want to ask you, the police said they believe her life ended as an act of violence in the very place where she should have felt the safest in her home. When we are see this arraignment on Monday, will we learn how she died?

JOEY JACKSON, CNN LEGAL ANALYST: We will learn on Monday how she died. I will presume, obviously, through the course of the prosecution the prosecutor will make that very clear. They are piecing together a lot.

Moving back for a moment, it first shows how important the community is. The neighborhood is, technology is, with respect to Twitter and Facebook, and as you mentioned, you know, listen, 50 million times this being out there and people looking and piecing it together.

And so that gave them the tip they needed to do the search warrant. So with respect to the cause of death the autopsy, the examination, we won't learn initially, because it's a first appearance.

Just formally lodging the charges and allowing the process to continue, detaining the people responsible, but as we move forward and they allow the case, I think they'll have to make that clear to the jury and the public.

PAUL: Let's talk about 40-year-old Rachelle Bond. The mother in this case charged with accessory after the fact in her death. She had two other children who were taken from her by the state we understand. How could she still have custody of one of them? Is Child Protective Services liable in anyway?

JACKSON: It's a very difficult. When you are looking at Child Protective Services, I know they're (inaudible) for resources, not at all an excuse in terms of what they need to do to look at every family independently. But I think you have to look at what every family is doing with regard to custody in every case. The other two that you were taken away from her, obviously there were reasons why Child Protective Services did that.

As a result, she didn't have them. By all indications with this child, Bella, if you look at the Facebook posting, I love you so much, the love of my life. You mean everything to me.

There has to be specific articulable reasons to take a child away and we know and understand that apparently Child Protective Services was involved in Bella's case a couple of years ago, but apparently it did not rise to the level to actually take Bella away from her, which was most unfortunate.

The other issue, of course, she's claiming she had nothing to do with it. Early indications she is pointing the indications, my boyfriend did it. Who knows, maybe she was very fit taking care of the child in a responsible way, but the boyfriend intervened in such a way to cause the death and the mom could not protect Bella unfortunately.

PAUL: That boyfriend, remember, is charged with murder. We'll talk more about this throughout the morning. Joey Jackson, we appreciate it. Thank you.

JACKSON: Thank you, Christi.

BLACKWELL: Thousands of migrants stuck in limbo as countries across Europe clash over how to solve this crisis. We'll take you to the Hungary-Croatia border.

PAUL: Also ahead the fate of this man, Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl could come down in just hours, should the GI accused of deserting his unit and face jail time? We are expected to learn a decision today.


BLACKWELL: Chaos, I mean, that's the appropriate word for this. Overnight, police in Slovenia used pepper spray to force back migrants trying to cross into the country from Croatia. Croatia is being accused of helping refugees illegally cross borders.

Officials in Hungary say they stopped a train carrying a thousand migrants and 40 Croatian police officers yesterday. Hungary says it's helping the migrants and sending officers back to Croatia. A Croatian police spokesman denies that report.

PAUL: We are awaiting the fate of Sergeant Bergdahl. An army general who led the investigation into how the Taliban captured Bergdahl says giving him jail time would be quote, "inappropriate."

They decided to a hearing whether he should face charges. They say he was idealistic when he left his post for what he believed was poor leadership of his unit. There is no evidence to show he was sympathetic to the Taliban. BLACKWELL: Firefighters are making some progress in the battle against two massive wildfires in California. The valley and butte fires have burned around 145,000 acres near Napa and Sacramento. Rain and cooler weather have helped firefighters contain between 30 and 50 percent of those wildfires.

PAUL: A lot of cleanup ahead today in Kansas. At least one tornado destroyed homes, damaged a high school, a camp ground. This is southwest of Kansas City last night. Now, thankfully, nobody was killed. We do know there were minor injuries, though. One witness said they heard a roar and moments later this thing hit.


TRISHA DAMRON, CAMPER: It happened really fast. I looked out the window. I saw almost like a wall of leaves coming over the trees and the camper next to me started rolling and then ours started rolling. I heard a roar and just everything tumbling.


BLACKWELL: More than two months after his escape, new arrests this morning in the prison break of El Chapo in Mexico. How many people have been arrested and why?

PAUL: Plus, Cuba several hours away from receiving the pope. We are live in Havana with a preview of what to expect.



PAUL: Following breaking news this morning out of Phoenix. Take a look at this video we got in, a suspect who terrorized motorists for weeks. That is who police leave you looking at there.

He has been arrested. Leslie Allen Merritt Jr. arrested outside a Walmart by a SWAT team. Police say he is linked to four of the 11 shootings on Interstate 10 where a shooter was targeting passing vehicles. This happened over a two-week period.

BLACKWELL: Arizona's governor, Doug Ducey was quick to tweet, "We got him" after the arrests. Terrified people there in Arizona will be able to breathe easier. Officials say there may be other suspects still out there. We'll have much more on this story at the top of the hour.

PAUL: Big day on the campaign trail. Democratic candidates, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders descend on New Hampshire. Meanwhile, Republican frontrunner, Donald Trump will be in Iowa today. He is expected to make his first appearance following criticism from his handling of that town hall.

Calling President Obama a Muslim and saying the president would be an American and the fact that there was no response to that really from Donald Trump. Our other big story this morning, Pope Francis, he's in the air, right now. At two hours into his flying from Rome to Havana, the first leg of the historic nine-day trip to the U.S. and to Cuba. Pope Francis is schedule is packed from the moment he touches down.

He's going to be making an address alongside Cuban President Raul Castro just minutes after exiting the plane.

We are covering this story from across the globe this morning. Vatican correspondent Delia Gallagher live in Rome. Patrick Oppmann joins us from Havana. And Patrick, I'd like to start with you. What's happening there in Havana ahead of his arrival? What have you heard about the folks in Cuba and what they're feeling as he heads there?

PATRICK OPPMANN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: There is a lot of excitement. This is the first Latin American pope. First pope who will speak to the Cuban people in his native Spanish. And we are expecting hundreds of thousands of people to pour in to the square tomorrow where I'm standing - his first mass, as you said, he'll be seeing a lot of Raul Castro. Raul Castro for the first time, he said, he will accompany the pope on all three masses that he will celebrate in Cuba. That's never happened before. It speaks to close relationship that these two men have struck up in a very short time.

PAUL: Patrick, we know the pope has been very critical of dictators in the past. We also know that he is planning on meeting with Fidel Castro. Do we have any indication what kind of conversations will be had between the leaders there in Cuba and the pope?

OPPMANN: Absolutely. And, of course, what the pope says in private is often very different from what he says in public. But previous popes have fell in need to criticize Cuba's system. Obviously, Marxist communist system. Until recently didn't have - didn't offer any space for religion. And the pope just a few days ago talking to Cuban students via satellite. He said something very interesting. He said a leader is someone who passes on leadership qualities to others and a tyrant is someone that holds on to those qualities just for himself. So, interesting comments, as the pope is just hours away from touching down in Cuba.

PAUL: Delia, I want to - I go to you now. The pope as I said is on the plane right now with reporters to Cuba. You have traveled with him before. How opened is he with reporters?

DELIA GALLAGHER, CNN VATICAN CORRESPONDENT: Well, when he's on the plane, you know, he's got 12 hours on the outbound flight to talk to reporters and another twelve heading back from the U.S. That will be a little bit shorter. But that's when he gives the big interview, when he's heading back. They don't want to give the interview going into the trip in case it might overshadow the trip. But, you know, it's really interesting to be on the papal plane.

Because the pope comes back, he greets all of the reporters one by one. In some cases there is up to 100 reporters on these big flights. But he certainly takes time with them and says hello and wishes them well in their work. Because there is a lot of work to be done. The papal plane, of course, is just a regular plane. It's not a special plane. They do kid it out for the pope. He gets a bigger seat. Something you might find in kind of a business class or first class sit. The Vatican officials sit in the middle, the journalists are in the back. You get a special papal pillow with the insignia of the pope, the crest of the pope and the - important papal menu, of course, with a nice selection of wines, mostly for the journalists benefit, let's say that.

And so you get some time on the outbound flight to relax and to prepare for what is a very heavy and packed schedule in the next ten days, Christi.

PAUL: I am sure. Patrick Oppmann, Delia Gallagher, so appreciate the insight. Thank you very much. Papal pillow.


PAUL: I wonder if they're softer than others.

BLACKWELL: I want to see one of those. The papal pillow.

PAUL: Just wondering. So, Tuesday, remember, the pope is heading to the U.S. A lot of Americans are wondering whether the Holy Father will address the sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church or the recent Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage. Earlier I asked CNN senior Vatican analyst who is on the plane with the pope right now, in fact. His name is John Allen, and we asked him what he thought could happen.

JOHN ALLEN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: I do expect that he is going to talk about the importance of defending the traditional Christian concept of the family, which, of course, means a union between a man and a woman. Let's not forget that the real reason that he's coming to America in the first place is to attend a world meeting of families in Philadelphia, where this subject is certainly going to come up. I don't think you are going to hear from him a specific denunciation of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in favor of gay marriage. I do think you will hear him talk about the needs to defend the traditional concept of the family.

In terms of sex abuse victims, I do expect Pope Frances to talk about the damage that the clerical sexual abuse scandals have done to the Catholic Church in the United States. I would think that an especially logical time for that to come up would be when he addresses all the bishops of the United States who are going to be gathered in Washington, D.C. to hear him. And although the Vatican has not yet officially confirmed this, we are also expecting that at some place along the line in the United States, Pope Frances will hold a meeting with victims of clerical sexual abuse.


ALLEN: Of course, the very first time any pope met with victims of sex abuse was Benedict the XVI. With him, when he was in the United States in 2008, Benedict the XVI went on to meet with victims of sex abuse five other times. Pope Frances so far has done so once. I think it would be extremely improbable for him to come to the United States and not meet with victims of sex abuse again.

PAUL: We are going to continue to have special coverage of the pope's visit to the U.S. and Cuba. Chris Cuomo will be live in Havana when the pope lands at 4:00 p.m. Eastern.

Tensions escalate between Russia and the U.S. after Russia sends fighter jets to Syria. How does this affect a U.S. fight against ISIS?


BLACKWELL: New this morning, Defense Secretary Ash Carter is talking to his Russian counterpart after Moscow sent military troops, tanks and arms to Syria to help the Assad government in ground compact. But that is not all. The latest round of fighter planes they sent capable of air-to-air combat. Now as we know, the U.S. is conducting airstrikes in the country on ISIS targets. Let's bring in CNN military analyst, Lieutenant General Mark Hertling. General, good to have you, and when we discuss the capabilities of the jets that are being sent by Russia, is it credible to believe at all that they would use these to go after U.S. resources?


LIEUTENANT GENERAL MARK HERTLING, U.S. ARMY: No, not at all, Victor, these are close air support aircraft. I think they are defending the Assad regime. And that's their primary purpose. The Assad regime has taken quite a few hits lately. They are on the verge of collapsing. And I think Mr. Putin's backing one of his allies with some ground forces and a significant amount of air forces to go after his enemies.

BLACKWELL: So, put this into context for us. The entry now into Syria as we know that the U.S. is conduct these strikes in Syria against ISIS.

HERTLING: Well, what we are talking about primarily is again the defense of the outside regime. Russia has joined the part of this, because they have seen Mr. Assad is in trouble. They also have two major bases in Syria near Damascus. Latakia and also the Naval base of Khartoum, which is critically important for their various sea fleets. So, all of those things are important as an ally to Mr. Putin. So, he is defending Mr. Assad as his allies. He realizes that there is a potential for him falling. So, he is bulking him up just a little bit. Now, from a standpoint of U.S. against ISIS, Mr. Putin has also said he will go against the terrorist organization. So, in fact, we are talking about the potential for a very interesting alliance against the terrorists, but also beefing up of the Assad regime.

BLACKWELL: One thing you talked about was potential there. Although as you say, that Moscow is going to defend its ally in the Assad regime with Syria. And we know what the U.S. intentions are there. There is a potential for something catastrophic here if you have someone firing in the wrong direction at the wrong troops. HERTLING: Well, not only that, not only firing on the direction of

the wrong troops, which you will have if Russia is defending the Assad regime. He's going to go after some of the elements of the Free Syrian Army, which we have supported.

But beyond that, you also have to consider the fact that you got air forces in the same general area and that's why it's critically important to coordinate. And that's what Mr. Carter and Mr. Lavrov has been - have been doing over and Mr. Kerry have been doing over the last few days is saying, hey, we have not coordinated with the Russian army and the Russian military for the last several years. We've got to get some measures in place so there is no accidental engagement between Russian forces and coalition forces in either the air or potentially on the ground. But right now, we don't have ground forces in Syria. We do have alliances in a very small number with the Free Syrian Army.

BLACKWELL: All right, Lieutenant General Mark Hertling, good to have you on this. Thanks so much.

HERTLING: Thank you, Victor.

BLACKWELL: Ahead another police take down caught on video. And the disturbing encounter between police and a teen over a jaywalking arrest. You'll see more of this play out tonight.

PAUL: Also, speaking of arrest, there are more from Mexican officials in that El Chapo prison escape. But first, we turn to South Korea for this week's culinary journeys to meet chef Edward Kwan. He's made this Korea traveling through Hayan hotel kitchen, and now he's back home in Seoul. On a mission to globalize Korean cuisine. Take a listen.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: With Seoul's diners have their pick of quick cuisine. The chef Edward Quan has finer expectations. After holding senior positions at hotel restaurants around the world including the prestigious boat al Arab in Dubai. Quan has found his way back home to Seoul. At his lab 24 restaurants in the trendy Gamnam (ph) district. He serves up - some classic French cuisine. Each dish taking its queue from, and its ingredients from his country.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: A lot of people talk about the gold bear, and those kinds of - but Korean beef also imagine. So we are using actually the Korean beef, beautiful fantastic flavors here.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The one detail Quan insists on is value. Keeping prices down, so that fine dining can be accessible to everyone.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I like to provide an experience to Korean young generations. There after five or ten years, our service industry will be much more broader than what we have at the moment. So always I'm targeting for futures.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: As dish-to-dish is carefully prepared and presented, Quan watches each guest carefully waiting for their reaction.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: When we do the plating - and a serve - table, from the customers, and then whenever they saw the plate, and they become like, oh my god.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Of course, they are using the camera, you know, the mobile phone camera for whatever, but I have to see that those kind of things. They are giving me actually a lot of passion.


PAUL: You can watch the full show at We'll be right back.



UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Jaywalker - right here. He's going to go - He's a kid. He's a kid (EXPLETIVE DELETED). That's a child. That's a kid. What's wrong with you?


BLACKWELL: Yeah, you take a look at this video and you wonder if this is proper policing or if there is excessive force being used here. It's a question this morning that's circulating. This video is surfacing of police officers tackling and arresting a 16-year-old. This is Stockton in California. The teen Emilio Mayfield says that he was just trying to catch the bus.

PAUL: Now, police say the teen was obstructing a lane for buses only and refused to move. They claim the situation escalated when he tried to grab an officer's baton. The teenager's family now filing a formal complaint against the Stockton police department.



EMILIO MAYFIELD, TACKLED BY POLICE: I feel traumatized by that and I felt like I was beaten and slammed on the floor. I see myself as a great young man, successful in school.


BLACKWELL: Let's bring in CNN legal analyst Joey Jackson. Joey, the police spokesperson says that the officers were within their right. You heard from the young man there. What's your take?

JOEY JACKSON, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Good morning to you, Victor, good morning, Christi. Any case like this really turns on two points, and that is was the force reasonable and number two was it necessary? Now, there is always going to be two narratives of it. From the police's perspective, he was jaywalking and he was resisting. From the teen's perspective and, of course, the community's perspective he was only resisting, not a crime, a violation, punishable by a ticket.

And in the event that there was some resistance, was the force necessary or was it reasonable in anyway? And did they have to go to that extent? And so, that's going to be the analysis that's applied. And in the event that it moved forward. And it was moved to a jury, you'd ask the jury to look at it and you'd ask the jury to follow the questions. Is this reasonable? Is this necessary? You decide. The answer is no, you know what you have to do.

PAUL: OK, here's what Stockton police told our affiliate KOBR about the incident. Joey. Take a listen here.


JOE SILVA, STOCKTON POLICE: As you can see in the video our officer had his baton out but the suspect was also grabbing and holding on to that baton. And as law enforcement officers we cannot and will not allow anyone to take our weapon.


PAUL: Joey, based on what you are seeing, do you see this 16-year-old as a true threat to these officers?

JACKSON: And that's the critical question, Christi, because what other analysis is implied here is that is the force used necessary or appropriate to any threat that's posed? And clearly you never want an officer to take or have the baton taken. But at the same time, it's about principles of de-escalation also. Are there reasonable methods and alternatives to calm the situation down as opposed to escalating it, getting into an argument or dispute with a teen yourself and then having your fellow officers come with back-up and then throw you to the ground.

And so again, there are those narratives that the teen resist, if he didn't resist, and the teen just complied, we wouldn't be here, but at the same time did it have to escalate to the level that it resulted to this and, of course, the teen brought into custody, hit with the baton, tackled to the ground. Was that excessive? And that, of course, is going to be what a jury will have to examine and decide.

BLACKWELL: And fortunately, there is the video that can help in that analysis moving forward. Joey Jackson, thanks so much.

JACKSON: Thank you very much.

PAUL: We are following breaking news this morning, police make an arrest in those mysterious highway shootings in Phoenix. We will tell you what we have learned this morning so far.

BLACKWELL: Plus, you remember the story of the drum major killed during a hazing ritual? The family settles and there is a settlement here. We'll tell you the details of that.




PAUL: Well, Florida A&M University has settled a lawsuit with family of a drum major who was killed being hazed in 2011. The school is going to give Robert Champion's family $1.1 million. AMU has also apologized to them and promised to rename the marching bands anti- hazing program after Champion. Champion's parents, obviously, called the settlement bitter ...

BLACKWELL: Authorities in Mexico have arrested 13 additional suspects in connection with drug lord Joaqin El Chapo Guzman's elaborate escape from prison. Sources tell CNN the arrests include three high level officials in the federal prison system. Surveillance video recorded Guzman's escape. That was in July. Seven prison workers have been charged with helping him.

PAUL: Tiger Woods had back surgery this week and will not be able to play again until next year. -he announced the news on his website. And says he's disappointed that he has to sit out the rest of the year. But he said he is a fighter and has no doubt he will make a full recovery.

BLACKWELL: Researchers have found evidence of a brain disease linked to repeated head trauma and concussions in 87 of the 91 brains donated to science by the former now deceased NFL players. That's from a report on the website for the Concussion Legacy Foundation. The disease known is CTE can only be diagnosed after one's death.

PAUL: And the league settled the class action lawsuit concerning concussions earlier this year. However this report could introduce additional suits. You would think that that is certainly the next step.

BLACKWELL: Yeah, and lately, the league has implemented new policies and procedures to monitor concussions and the current player's health. But is that enough?

PAUL: Yes, CNN sports anchor and nine-year NFL veteran Coy Wire is joining us for this. Do you think the NFL should be doing more?

COY WIRE, CNN SPORTS REPORTER: Look, guys. Good morning to you. The NFL is doing a lot. They've made rule changes. Can they do more? I think so, and that's where we are going to get our viewers involved and ask what they think the NFL could do, but to me, what's most important is what the players can do. The players need to protect themselves. The problem is, that a player knows if they get a concussion, if they get dinged in the head, and they tell someone about it. They are going to have to sit out that game, but they are in the week following.

So players are going to hide it. Players need to start learning to protect themselves. The mantra needs to be it's okay not to play. If you don't feel complete, don't compete. Knowing what we know now about head trauma, ignorance is no longer an option for players. But our question that we are going to pose to you today is what more can the NFL do, what kind of rule changes could they make? Systems, protocols could they put in place to make the game safer for current players. Use the #newcnn. We will post your insight on our Facebook page, also, join you in the next hour and share your insight right here on the show.

PAUL: We like to hear that.

BLACKWELL: All right, go ahead. Thank you so much.

WIRE: You're welcome.

PAUL: Thank you, Coy.

And there is so much to tell you about this morning.

BLACKWELL: Next hour of your "NEW DAY" starts right now.


BLACKWELL: New this morning, breaking in Phoenix police arrest a man in connection with a series of highway shootings that terrorize drivers there for months. But the suspect's father does not believe it.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Whoever said it's 90 shooter - there's a whole lot more on. That's a good night.