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Caught On Tape: Woman Punching Passenger On Delta Flight; LAPD Release Bodycam Video Of Shooting That Killed 14-Year-Old Girl; Top 10 International Stories Of 2021. Aired 7:30-8a ET

Aired December 28, 2021 - 07:30   ET



JOHN AVLON, CNN ANCHOR: But let me ask you this. If folks find out their flight has been canceled and they're stuck at the airport, during a pandemic, what should they do from a health standpoint as well as a practical standpoint? Stick around, sleep on the floor, or get out of Dodge and wait to fly another day?

DAVID SLOTNICK, SENIOR AVIATION BUSINESS REPORTER, THE POINTS GUY (via Skype): You know, it really depends just on what flight they can get on. A lot of the time the best thing to do might be avoid the big line queuing at their customer service. And if that's the case, what you can do is maybe find a gate agent for a different flight and see if they can give you a number to reach customer support. A lot of the times there is an emergency number that's faster than the normal line just because you're at the airport. It's more of a priority situation.

You can also try heading to the airport lounge. A lot of those customer service agents are a little more empowered and usually there's a shorter line.

AVLON: Well, and obviously, if you're inside please wear a mask.

Final question for you. How do you think this is all going to play out? We're on day four of delays, at least.

SLOTNICK: You know, I think it's going to compare to the spread of the pandemic around the country. I think that as different cities see different hits, airlines are going to keep being affected by it.

Right now, things look -- it seems as if cancellations are leveling out a little bit. But if the virus spikes in other cities and around the country, I imagine it's going to be the same with more pilots and flight attendants getting sick.

AVLON: That's not the cheerful news I wanted to hear heading into New Year's, but thanks for telling it to us straight. David Slotnick, appreciate you very much.

SLOTNICK: Thanks very much.


SLOTNICK: Thanks very much. KAITLAN COLLINS, CNN ANCHOR: Maybe your flight being canceled is a blessing in disguise because there has been yet another instance of violence on a plane -- this time, on a Delta flight from Tampa to Atlanta. A woman is now facing a federal assault charge for what she did on that flight.

CNN's Ryan Young joins us live from Atlanta. So, Ryan, like most of these, we are now seeing a lot of these recorded on someone's phone. And so, what does this video show about what happened on this plane?

RYAN YOUNG, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, Kaitlan, let's be honest. When you see this sort of just get out of hand very quickly it goes along with all the other videos that we've seen of passengers sort of acting unruly.

I have to also say the video that we're getting ready to show you also matches a complaint that was filed by the government in this video that was taken by Atlanta, uncensored, that was posted to Instagram. You can see things get out of hand pretty quickly. In fact, take a watch and listen to what happened on that plane from Tampa to Atlanta.





UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Now you're going to jail. You're going to jail. As soon as we get in Atlanta you're going to jail.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Karen, (INAUDIBLE). Now you're double going to jail.


CORNWALL: Put your (bleep) mask on.



CORNWALL: Put your (bleep) mask on. Put your (bleep) mask on.




YOUNG: Yes, you see that video right there. That's Patricia Cornwall. That's the woman who was arrested. What we're told, so far, is she got caught behind a beverage cart. It all happens. People go to the bathroom all the time and when they come back out beverage service is going on. And apparently, she was upset that she was not going to be allowed back to her seat. And she made a comment about Rosa Parks, saying she felt like she was being caught behind the cart and she was being treated like Rosa Parks.

The man apparently said sit down, Karen, and then things escalated from there. You heard all the beeps. We can't even play some of the language that was being used. And then apparently, she took a swing at him and had to be restrained. So you see all this playing out.

We should put on the screen as well all the incidents that have happened throughout the year. It's really increasing. And you talk to flight attendants and they're saying it's getting more and more dangerous as people get exasperated by what's going on in the air. But obviously, this bad behavior is something that the folks in the flight industry would love to stop.

But when you see videos like this one it seems almost on a daily basis you have someone who doesn't want to wear a mask, they don't want to sit down. They don't want to listen to what's going on. And then, of course, it gets worse and worse.

Kaitlan, this video really caught a lot of people off guard -- the man was in his 80s -- before someone actually stepped in to stop her from attacking him.

COLLINS: The flight attendant is sitting there actually trying to protect themselves with the beverage cart from this woman, and I just think it's insane. I think most people just want to get on a plane, put their headphones in, read a book --

YOUNG: Be left alone.

COLLINS: -- drink some ginger ale --

YOUNG: Right.

COLLINS: -- behave.

YOUNG: Well, that's the old days, I guess. And so, now you have to come --


YOUNG: -- have your phone ready for the rest of this.

COLLINS: Unbelievable.


COLLINS: Ryan, thank you for bringing us the latest on that.

YOUNG: Absolutely. COLLINS: Just ahead, we have other new bodycam video showing what led to the tragic shooting of a 14-year-old girl trying on dresses in a department store.

AVLON: And why you'll be seeing more on the January 6 Committee in the new year.



AVLON: Newly-released LAPD bodycam and surveillance footage that led to a police-involved shooting last Thursday shows exactly what led to the death of a 14-year-old girl in a North Hollywood, California store.

CNN's Josh Campbell joins us live from L.A. Josh, what can you tell us about this?

JOSH CAMPBELL, CNN SECURITY CORRESPONDENT: Yes, John, we're getting new insight into the chaotic scene at that California department store last week as a suspect went on a rampage assaulting different customers.

I want to warn our viewers that this new body camera footage that has been released by the LAPD is graphic, it is disturbing. This is the moment where you see officers going in that store trying to stop a threat but, of course, firing that fatal shot that also killed a 14- year-old child.


POLICE OFFICER: Hey, she's bleeding! She's bleeding!

CAMPBELL (voice-over): New LAPD bodycam video edited and released late Monday shows the events that led up to the police shooting of a 14-year-old girl last Thursday at a North Hollywood, California store.


POLICE OFFICER: LAPD -- we're coming up.

CAMPBELL (voice-over): The footage shows the suspect assaulting several women at a Burlington store before police arrive, guns drawn. 911 and radio calls around noon Thursday reported an assault in progress. Then, confusion over whether there's a possible active shooter.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE, 911 CALL: There's a guy with a gun. It's just -- it's just shots.

911 DISPATCHER: A shooting just occurred. Additional units. ADW shooting, Victory and Laurel Canyon. Suspect is still inside the location.

CAMPBELL (voice-over): Police bodycam footage shows when they arrive at the store they say the suspect hitting a woman, then found her hurt and bleeding after she was hit repeatedly in the arms and the head with a metal bike lock.

Police located the suspect, Daniel Elena-Lopez, nearby --

POLICE OFFICER: Victim down!

CAMPBELL (voice-over): -- and at least one officer fired several shots and killed him. No gun was found near his body as officers searched the scene.

Then, police made a disturbing discovery.

POLICE OFFICER: Get her out. I got her, I got her, I got her.

CAPT. STACY SPELL, LOS ANGELES POLICE: Unbeknownst to the officers, a 14-year-old girl was in the changing room behind a wall that was behind the suspect and out of the officer's view. She was in the changing area with her mother when the officers encountered the suspect and the officer-involved shooting occurred.

CAMPBELL (voice-over): Police say they believe she was hit by an officer's bullet that ricocheted off the tile floor and entered the dressing room wall.

SPELL: Officers found the girl and discovered she'd been struck by gunfire and she was determined deceased at scene.

CAMPBELL (voice-over): The girl, 14-year-old Valentina Orellana- Peralta, was shopping with her mother when she was killed. She died from a gunshot wound to the chest. The Los Angeles medical examiner listed her death a homicide.

Police also described the suspect's earlier movements and released closed-circuit video from the store.

SPELL: And the suspect smashed a computer monitor nearby. He then moved on and hit the glass railing. Next, he took the escalator down and encountered another female. He attempted to take her bag and as the female resisted, the suspect tackled her and hit her with the lock.

CAMPBELL (voice-over): The California attorney general's office and the California Department of Justice are now investigating the officer-involved shooting.

POLICE OFFICER: All victims come out.

CAMPBELL (voice-over): And Valentina's family now mourning the loss of a young girl killed while out shopping just two days before Christmas.


CAMPBELL: Now, John, one of the major questions raised by this video is whether an officer with a high-powered assault rifle firing inside a department store should have been aware what was beyond his target.

But, of course, one thing is clear as you look at this footage, as you listen to the 911 calls. Those officers rushing to the scene were operating with information indicating that there were shots fired. They were looking for an active shooter. They were trying to stop a threat. But obviously, this shooting leading to a very tragic outcome -- John.

AVLON: It is, indeed, a horrifically tragic outcome but certainly appears to be an unintentional killing of this 14-year-old girl.

Now, we know LAPD internal affairs is reviewing the shooting being classified as a homicide. But I also understand the California A.G. is launching an investigation. What does that tell us about this circumstance?

CAMPBELL: Well, this actually follows a law that was signed last year by the California governor that indicates anytime there's an officer- involved shooting in the state involving the death of an unarmed person, state prosecutors will launch an investigation.

Now, that suspect had this bike lock that he was using as a weapon. He was armed. But obviously with the death of this child, she was obviously unarmed, so that triggering this new investigation. We know state prosecutors are already on-scene. They will conduct their investigation and hand it over to state prosecutors who will determine whether any charges are warranted in this case, John.

AVLON: So, the new law leading to some more transparency and accountability, potentially.

Obviously, members of this young girl's family are speaking out. What are they saying?

CAMPBELL: Yes, we're hearing specifically from this young girl's uncle. She spoke to reporters in Chile, just really taking the LAPD to task, saying that this is supposed to be a department with high standards, describing it as one of the most renowned law enforcement agencies in the world, asking how could this have happened. With an agency with this much training, how did it result in this death? The family all obviously in mourning and grieving, demanding answers.

We also expect to hear from them this morning. There will be a press conference at City Hall outside the Los Angeles Police Department. We will hear from members of the family and their attorney, obviously demanding answers after this tragic death of that 14-year-old child, John.

AVLON: Josh Campbell live in L.A. Thank you very much. Be well.

Now, for five things to know for your new day.

Number one: CDC cutting recommended isolation period from 10 to five days for asymptomatic Americans amid major concerns of staffing shortages around the country. And the CDC also saying we should reduce quarantine days for those folks who are vaccinated and exposed to the virus.


COLLINS: No survivors have been found after a small plane crashed near San Diego. It went down on Monday night in a neighborhood between El Cajon and Lakeside. Road closures are in effect and residents are being asked to avoid the area for now. No word still on what caused that crash.

AVLON: And get ready to hear more from the House committee investigating the January sixth Capitol attack. "The Washington Post" saying the panel will hold public hearings in 2022 to tell the complete story of the insurrection. Members want to show they've connected a lot more information than the public yet knows.

COLLINS: A second time capsule has been found where the statue of Robert E. Lee once stood in Richmond, Virginia. This time, it's a copper box weighing 36 pounds. X-rays show what could be inside -- books, buttons, maybe ammunition from the Civil War.

Another container was found two weeks ago at the same location. Inside was an 1875 almanac, two books, a coin, and a cloth envelope.

The second container will be opened this afternoon.


Clip from "SQUID GAME."


AVLON: The director of the global sensation "SQUID GAME" is teasing a potential third season. He says the creators of the popular series are currently in talks about it. "SQUID GAME" was the number-one show on Netflix's top 10 list in 94 countries and became the most-watched Netflix content of all time.

All right, that's five things to know for your new day. More on all these stories on CNN and

COLLINS: Just ahead, how the new Omicron variant is putting more children in the hospital with COVID and what questions parents have.

AVLON: And from Meghan Markle to Vladimir Putin, we've got the top international stories of 2021 coming up next.



COLLINS: The U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and the ongoing pandemic are just two of the major global headlines of 2021.

CNN's chief international correspondent Clarissa Ward takes a look at some of the year's biggest stories.


CLARISSA WARD, CNN CHIEF INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (on camera): As 2021 comes to a close, so does another tumultuous year.

At number 10, the bombshell interview that put the British royal family in an unwelcomed spotlight.

MEGHAN MARKLE, DUCHESS OF SUSSEX: Concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he's born.


WARD (on camera): Prince Harry and his wife, Duchess of Sussex, opened up to Oprah in a two-hour T.V. special, speaking freely for the first time since walking away from a life as working royals.

MAX FOSTER, CNN ANCHOR AND CORRESPONDENT: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, opening up to Oprah Winfrey about being singled out. She believes forced out of the royal family.

WARD (on camera): A month after the explosive broadcast, Queen Elizabeth's husband, Prince Philip, died at the age of 99.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Tonight, a shocked and saddened nation remembers the legacy of an irreplaceable figurehead.

WARD (on camera): Number nine --

MATT RIVERS, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Hours after Haiti's president was assassinated, gunfire still crackled through Port-au- Prince.

WARD (on camera): The assassination of Jovenel Moise took place against a background of extreme violence in the capital of Port-au- Prince.

RIVERS: There are at least 17 people detained at this point.

WARD (on camera): Number eight: the conflict in the Middle East came to a head once again this spring and turned into one of the worst rounds of violence between the two sides in years.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It's a pattern that shouldn't be familiar, yet already is. Hamas and Islamic Jihad rockets streaking across the sky from Gaza.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Airstrikes and rocket barrages, artillery and mortar fire. Hundreds of people dead and more than 2,000 wounded.

WARD (on camera): The conflict lasted 11 days before Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas agreed to a ceasefire. Israeli airstrikes killed more than 250 Palestinians, including dozens of children. Palestinian militant fire from Gaza killed 13 Israelis, including children.

Number seven: Myanmar's military junta seized power in a coup ousting de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Clarissa Ward and her team were the first Western T.V. journalists allowed into the country since the coup.

WARD (voice-over): After days of pushing, we are allowed to visit a public space -- an open market. As word of our presence spreads we hear an unmistakable sound. Banging pots and pans has become the signature sound of resistance.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We want democracy. We don't want military coup.

WARD (on camera): Since the February coup, the military has killed more than 1,300 people and arrested more than 10,000, according to an advocacy group.

Number six: a powerful CNN investigation sheds light on a raging civil war.

NIMA ELBAGIR, SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: The Ethiopian government has waged war against Tigray's ousted regional leaders for the last five months with the help of neighboring Eritrea.

WARD (on camera): CNN was one of the only Western media outlets to travel to the country --

ELBAGIR: Three bodies were found down at the riverfront.

WARD (on camera): -- to investigate reports of mass killings.


ELBAGIR: One by one, they enter the church, carrying in sacks all that's left of loved ones executed by Ethiopian soldiers. This is fresh evidence of the January massacre.

WARD (on camera): In late April, a CNN team traveling through Tigray witnessed Eritrean soldiers -- some disguising themselves in old Ethiopian military uniforms, cutting off critical aid routes to starving communities.

ELBAGIR: CNN. CNN. We're CNN journalists.

WARD (on camera): Eritrea's government has denied any involvement in atrocities, and Ethiopia's government has pledged investigations into any wrongdoing. But the bloody conflict rages on, spilling into other parts of the country, raising fears of an all-out war.

Number five: turmoil at European borders. Shocking images of thousands of migrants stranded on the Belarus-Poland border in freezing conditions, desperate to make it into the European Union. The situation, at times, surging out of control.

FREDERIK PLEITGEN, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Because Poland has sealed the border and now has 15,000 troops here to make sure that no one can pass, Jake. WARD (on camera): European leaders have accused Belarus of manufacturing the crisis as retribution for the sanctions over human rights abuses -- a claim Belarus denies.

The year ends with tensions between Ukraine and Russia at their highest in years with a massive buildup of Russian forces along the Ukrainian border, fueling fears over Moscow's intentions.

Number four: Chinese leader Xi Jinping's steel grip on power tightened.

JAKE TAPPER, CNN ANCHOR: David, how has President Xi been able to cement his hold on power for so long?

DAVID CULVER, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: It really sets him up as the undisputed supreme ruler for years to come.

WARD (on camera): And with this, an ever more assertive China. Twenty twenty-one saw sophisticated propaganda campaigns to deflect criticism over allegations of human rights abuses in Xinjiang, the arrest of pro-democracy activists and former lawmakers in Hong Kong, as well as aggressive military maneuvers aimed at Taiwan.

WILL RIPLEY, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: This island is a potential flashpoint for what their president calls a fight between authoritarian China and democratic Taiwan allied with the United States.

WARD (on camera): Number three --

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Protest rallies across Russia today in support of detained Kremlin opposition activist Alexey Navalny.

WARD (on camera): Russia's best-known opposition politician Alexey Navalny sent to a penal colony but he dared to return home five months after a near-fatal nerve agent attack.

PLEITGEN: Shortly before his detention, Navalny saying he's not scared.


WARD (on camera): Number two: the new year brought with it great hopes for an end to the COVID-19 pandemic with the ushering in of widespread vaccinations. But the virus continued to mutate, killing millions of people around the world. The uneven vaccine rollout hasn't kept up with the speed of the spreading virus, especially in poorer countries.

WARD (voice-over): In Delhi, now, you're never far from heartbreak. Almost everyone in this city has been visited by grief.

WARD (on camera): But despite high vaccination rates, Europe became the epicenter of the pandemic once again this winter. The fourth wave of COVID-19 is now sweeping across the continent with lockdowns reinstated in some countries. Across Europe, protests against mandates and health passes have drawn tens of thousands of people.

In November, South African scientists discovered the new Omicron variant. It has since spread around the globe.

Number one: the last U.S. military planes left Afghanistan, marking the end of its longest war.

WARD (voice-over): They took the city of six million people in a matter of hours, barely firing a shot.

WARD (on camera): This is a sight I honestly thought I would never see. Scores of Taliban fighters and just behind us the U.S. Embassy compound.

Thousands scrambling to leave before the U.S. military exit.

They're saying they all worked at American camps as translators for the Americans and they can't get into their airport.

A terrorist attack at the Kabul airport killed 13 U.S. service members and more than 170 Afghans during the evacuation.

And there's no question everybody here is doing their best. But it's not clear if it's fast enough.

The collapse of Afghanistan's U.S.-backed government was perhaps the most damaging setback. It was a blow to U.S. credibility and to democratic advances, especially on women's rights and media freedoms, which were stifled overnight.