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Day Two of Zimmerman Trial Begins; Obama to Address Climate Change in Georgetown Speech; Cop Faces Heat for Traffic Stop Shakedown; Paula Deen's PR, Push Across America

Aired June 25, 2013 - 08:30   ET



CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: Good morning, everybody. Welcome back to NEW DAY. I'm Chris Cuomo.

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: I'm Kate Bolduan. We're here with Michaela Pereira. It is Tuesday, June 25th, and coming up in this half hour, lots going on. But first let's get straight to Michaela for the five things to know for your NEW DAY.

MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: Here we go. First, NSA leaker Edward Snowden has disappeared without a trace. This morning Kremlin officials denying that the computer programmer who released secret U.S. government information is in Russia.

Day two of the George Zimmerman murder trial gets underway in less than 20 minutes. Lawyers will discuss Zimmerman's other calls to authorities that he made in the weeks and months leading up to Trayvon Martin's death.

The Supreme Court will hand down more rulings starting at 10:00 a.m. Eastern. We're awaiting decisions on several issues, including two high-profile cases that will decide the future of same-sex marriage in America.

President Obama will lay out his three-part plan to deal with climate change. He'll speak about it in a speech this afternoon at Georgetown University.

And at number five, you might want to hold that caramel drizzle there, Berman. Starting today, Starbucks will post calorie counts for its beverages on menu boards.

And we're always updating the five things that you need to know, so stay refreshed, please. Go to for the very latest.

Berman's a caramel guy, so I've heard.

BOLDUAN: A patrol officer from Lakeland, Florida, taking heat this morning for the way he handled a routine traffic stop. He reportedly asked a woman to lift up her shirt, you're going to see video, and also shake out her bra. The officer told the woman he wanted to see if she was carrying any drugs. John Berman is looking into this. I mean, on the surface, the video is pretty shocking.

JOHN BERMAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: The video is very shocking, Kate. You know, hundreds of thousands of people have now watched this video and many of them are asking the same question, "How could this have possibly happened?"

Well, now the state attorney's office in Florida said it never should have happened and they're calling the practice both demeaning and dangerous.


BERMAN (voice-over): Watch as this routine traffic stop results in a not so routine shakedown. Driver Zoe Brugger was ordered by police to lift up her shirt, pull her bra away from her chest, and shake -- not once, but twice.

ZOE BRUGGER: I feel humiliated. I wish that I had known my rights.

BERMAN: This past May, Lakeland police officer Dustin Fetz pulled Brugger over for a broken headlight.

BRUGGER: He said that I looked way too nervous to not have any drugs on me. You know, I told him I'm just trying to get home to my 2-week- old son. I guess he thought that I had something hidden in my bra maybe. After he asked me to lift up my shirt and shake my bra, I started crying.

BERMAN: No drugs were found in the search and the bra shakedown is not a sanctioned procedure. Brugger filed a complaint.

GOW FIELDS, MAYOR, LAKELAND, FLORIDA: It is not a practice that we train for in the department. It is not taught at the academy.

BERMAN: Upon learning about the incident, the state attorney's office wrote a 15-page letter to the police department stating, "Clearly, there is a serious lack of training and supervision in the area of traffic stops." And the police department says it will conduct a thorough investigation into the allegation.

Officer Fetz is back on duty after being placed on a four-day administrative leave for the incident and Brugger says she hopes all women will learn from her ordeal.

BRUGGER: Women need to know their rights when they're pulled over. The last thing you expect is to have to show off your body to a police officer.


BERMAN (on-camera): Just some important facts here, the investigation into this matter found there were no facts to give reasonable suspicion that Ms. Brugger had either drugs or weapon. There was no probable cause. And the state's attorney office also points out something interesting. If the officer did suspect she had a weapon or something, the bra shake would be dangerous. Shaking the bra would be dangerous for police, because if she was hiding some kind of weapon inside the bra, it would give the perp a chance to reach for it.

BOLDUAN: That's actually an excellent point. Well, looks like now there will be changes in policy.

BERMAN: Yes, they won't be doing this again.

BOLDUAN: John, thanks so much. Chris?

CUOMO: Thank you, Kate. Brand new this morning -- for the first time since the Paula Deen scandal broke, Deen's sons are speaking out. Just moments ago in a NEW DAY exclusive, they came to their mother's defense. Bobby and Jamie Deen say the public should accept her apologies. Take a listen.


JAMIE DEEN, PAULA DEEN'S SON: If my mom says she's sorry, you can bet she's sorry. Bobby and I are here not to stem the side for endorsements or any of those things. We're here to speak out for our mother's character and to say that our mother is a truly wonderful people that is inclusive of all people and spends a lot of her time and energies to help those people that are challenged.


CUOMO: One of the complicating factors here is that Deen has admitted to saying these things and that has spurred certain business partners to break affiliations. The latest is the largest pork producer, Smithfield, pulling an endorsement deal with Deen.

So what does this all mean from a branding and P.R. perspective? Let's bring in branding and social media consultant, Peter Shankman. Mr. Shankman, pleasure to have on NEW DAY.

PETER SHANKMAN, BRANDING & SOCIAL MEDIA CONSULTANT: Good to be here. Congrats on the show.

CUOMO: Thank you very much. You watched the interview. What was your takeaway?

SHANKMAN: There's really not much they can do to defend their mother. I mean, I get that they want to defend their mother, but the fact of the matter is, this is not someone saying she said this. This is her in a deposition under oath saying, yes, I said this. So there's not that much they can do to defend her right now.

The best thing that can happen right now is for her to essentially do what happened Eliot Spitzer did several years ago -- disappear. Disappear for a couple of years. We're a very short attention span theater country. Let her go away for a couple of years. Let her do some volunteer work, perhaps at the Southern Poverty Law Center, something like that.

She'll come back. She has a very big following, but it's not about the audience right now. It's about the advertisers who don't want to touch her.

CUOMO: Let's walk into the dangerous waters here a little bit. She admitted this, right? We didn't track it down; we didn't expose it. Does that matter for anything?

SHANKMAN: Right. Well, it brings up the question of -- it wasn't very farsighted. She did it not thinking for a second that this would come out, that this would turn into a bigger story.

CUOMO: How do you know that?

SHANKMAN: I don't. And that's the question I'm asking. Why would she do this? Everyone has to think if you're going to admit something like that and you're a celebrity, this is going to come out. So I'm not sure who coached her or how this worked.

CUOMO: Maybe she was just being truthful, and she was under oath.

SHANKMAN: That's true, and she had to say it. But you have to ask yourself, if she had a P.R. coach or P.R. firm at that point, they didn't do that great of a job. And if she didn't have one, she probably should have.

CUOMO: But she was under oath.

SHANKMAN: Agreed, but again, there were different questions -- the sons said that they all had their interviews separately. So the question is, was she asked these questions? It's going to come out because this is public record. She should have had a better back-up plan for when it did.

CUOMO: Seems to me that Paula Deen is being treated like any bigot would, but does she qualify that way? Why isn't she different because she told the truth? Because this is something she said was long ago, because this is something she says she didn't mean.

SHANKMAN: The party reference, of having a Southern slavery party, that didn't help. I think the problem is that Paula Deen is a very divisive woman to begin with. There are people who love her and there are people who can't stand her.

CUOMO: But it was because of butter, not because she was a bigot.

SHANKMAN: But it doesn't matter. When you do something wrong, you're going to hear from enemies you never knew existed. And that's what's really happening now. People are coming out of the woodwork and you're hearing, oh, I never liked her. You know, there's nothing she can do to defend. These are her words. There's nothing she can do to defend it right now. She needs to go away for awhile.

CUOMO: And make up for it. You used the analogy of Eliot Spitzer. That wouldn't have been my first choice but do you see these two as equivalent in terms of their wrong?

SHANKMAN: No, they were two very different wrongs. My analogy is the fact when Eliot Spitzer got caught, you couldn't find him. He was gone. And sure enough, he came back a year and a half later. We're a forgiving society after our celebrities have paid their debts.

CUOMO: Admitting she did it wrong, coming forward and apologizing, and showing that she means it. The boys, obviously, very authentic in their pain and wanting the message to be straight that this is all wrong, helpful?

SHANKMAN: No question it was helpful, but again, it's still very wrong. This isn't like a Tiger Woods situation where she slept with someone or no one cares who he slept with or who she slept with. This is something that offends millions of people.

CUOMO: This is something we do not tolerate in our society.

SHANKMAN: No question about it, we don't. We're much more tolerant, strangely enough, of people having affairs or things like that. We're not tolerant of this. It's very decisive. And that's why, no matter how much she apologies, we're going to be very angry. Time does heal though. I'm not saying she'll ever be accepted for what she did, but time does heal.

CUOMO: Right. And how she spends that time important as well.

SHANKMAN: Exactly.

CUOMO: Peter Shankman, thank you very much. Appreciate it very much. Kate, back to you.

BOLDUAN: All right, now in this morning's "Human Factor," a young man who's never let his disability define him. Now he's on a mission to prove just that. Our chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta has his story.


SANJAY GUPTA, CNN CHIEF MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Wheelchair racer, hockey player, paraolympian - all these words define Roger Chalmers. But there's one word he won't let define him, "disabled."

ROGER CHALMERS, PARALYMPIAN, WHEELCHAIR RACER: I was always one of these kids that said I'm not going to let my disability get in my way.

GUPTA: Chalmers was born with spina bifida. It's an incomplete closure of the spinal column. He's confined to a wheelchair as long as he can remember. That was his normal. But one day at a track meet, he met a man that offered to change that.

CHALMERS: I met Roger Muller, who is the founder and president of Stay Focused, which is a nonprofit organization that brings teens and young adults to the Cayman Islands and gets them certified in scuba diving. GUPTA: That trip changed his life forever.

CHALMERS: When I went diving for the first time, it opened my eyes to the whole idea that I'm exactly like all the able-bodied people down under the water.

GUPTA: Chalmers and his new friend Roger hatched this audacious plan to help fundraising efforts for the nonprofit.

CHALMERS: He just kind of said, "Do you think you could push your racing chair across the country?" It clicked right away for me.

GUPTA: And so on April 6th, his journey, dubbed "Push Across America", began in Los Angeles - 60 miles a day for 71 days to help kids like him experience a life outside of their chairs.

On Saturday, June 15th, Ryan rolled into New York City to a crowd of cheering fans, the end of a long journey to raise awareness about people with disabilities.

CHALMERS: Anybody, able-bodied or not, if you're passionate, you set goals for yourself, you can achieve anything.

GUPTA: Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN, reporting.


CUOMO: Great story. Great message.

BOLDUAN: Yes, Sanjay always brings good stories like that.

CUOMO: Thank you to you, doctor.

Coming up on NEW DAY, what not to do on a trip to the zoo. See what happens when a group of kids at the Dallas Zoo decide to mock the monkey. In this case, a gorilla.

BOLDUAN: Not a good idea.


PEREIRA: Welcome back to NEW DAY, everyone. It's time for the "Pop 4" with Nischelle Turner. Good morning Nischelle.

NISCHELLE TURNER, CNN ENTERTAINMENT CORRESPONDENT: She gives zingers. I mean she just throws them at you.

PEREIRA: Yes they are always directed at you.

TURNER: OK so Chris, your segment is called "The Good Stuff." So I'm going to take a page from that and start with a little good stuff this morning to make us feel good OK. The force, the love, all of that story be with it's our number four story this morning, George Lucas tied the knot with his long-time girlfriend Melody Hobson over the weekend.

CUOMO: She is beautiful.

TURNER: It took place at Skywalker Ranch.

PEREIRA: Of course.

TURNER: The guests called the ceremony a joy to behold. Hobson of course is a little younger, 25 years his junior. But I have a couple of details former New Jersey Senator Bill Bradley walked her down the aisle.

CUOMO: It's nice.

TURNER: Steven Spielberg gave the toast and Janelle Monae performed at the wedding.

PEREIRA: How about that.

CUOMO: Melody Hobson is a beautiful person inside and out.

TURNER: And she looked gorgeous. You saw the picture.

CUOMO: Congratulations.

TURNER: All right let's move on to number three, guys. It's the modern day Sharks versus Jets. Aaron Carter, brother of Backstreet Boys Nick Carter thanks to Michaela allegedly getting jumped in Boston by new Kids on the Block fans.

PEREIRA: Stop it.


TURNER: I am not kidding you. I'm not kidding, he posted the images on his Instagram page. He got a shiner, he told TMZ that a large man approached him in a parking lot and said, I heard you're doing a show here tomorrow. This is the town of the New Kids. Oh, my goodness. Carter said he didn't want to file a police report, but apparently the fight was on.

PEREIRA: This really happened.

TURNER: It happened.

BOLDUAN: It's almost like a real fight.

TURNER: He had a black eye for the ages. I don't know if he got beat up. Because I didn't see what the large man looked like but --

BOLDUAN: I believe the world is large enough for New Kids and Backstreet.

TURNER: Can you imagine you come up on the stage? This is the land of the New Kids, back off.

PEREIRA: This is the land of NEW DAY, back up. TURNER: White socks with red shoes, clutch the pearls. Our number two story this morning, Dolce and Gabbana streaker. I love it during the close of their Spring 2013 fashion show.

CUOMO: We need to have the butt cheek blur.

TURNER: Yes, the pose -- the pose is good. The butt cheek blur. He had on only white socks and red tennis shoes.

PEREIRA: We want to focus on the shoes.

TURNER: Well yes got, you had a pop of color. Pop of color that's what it was. Few gasps from the audience yes but most of the people just kind of said, sorry, guy.

PEREIRA: And what was his point?

TURNER: Moral of the story, just make sure you're all good before you go out and Free Willy.

BOLDUAN: Have a friend double check your outfit.

TURNER: Yes exactly.

CUOMO: Don't be naked.

TURNER: Fight that one too.

OK let's get to our number one story that's popping this morning because I like this one, Nik Wallenda's best day ever.


TURNER: Not only did the high-walking daredevil break records by walking across the Grand Canyon without a harness, without a net, nothing, more than 13 million people watched him do it in jeans, by the way.

BOLDUAN: I thought that was trippy.

TURNER: Yes indeed I heard you say that yesterday, it turns out though his pants are a brand of Buffalo jeans, they are the only kind of jeans he wears when he walks and they are now being renamed to honor his accomplishment.

And Chris I know you were talking about this yesterday. I just watched it, I knew the outcome and still was on the edge of my seat.

CUOMO: I'd buy the jeans, though I want to be like Nik.

TURNER: He's got to be strong, he wants to be like Nik.

BOLDUAN: That's Cuomo.

TURNER: I'm glad he made it across. BOLDUAN: All right coming up next on NEW DAY, he's five years old, but stylish beyond his years. John Berman introduces the Internet's next -- look at that face.

CUOMO: Well I like those pants.


CUOMO: Your coffee, your tooth brush, it is that time of the morning.

PEREIRA: Turn to the TV.

John Berman is here to tell us what he learned on the Internets.

BERMAN: Toothbrushes being (inaudible). You know what I learned on the Internet right now? America's next top model might be 5 years old. Look for yourself. I want you to meet 5-year-old Alonso Mateo (ph) from Laguna Beach, California.

PEREIRA: One of my people. He's a huge hit on Instagram. He's wearing Tom Ford, Gucci -- he's got over 70 and 100 followers. Look at this, he likes to take the selfies, too. He takes a lot of the photos himself. He loves fashion. His mother's a stylist.

Experts say he's got what it takes to be a model. Look at him gazing just off camera with the slightly seductive look. That's blue steel.

BOLDUAN: Can he turn left?

BERMAN: I think he's got a potential to be one of our favorite models here on NEW DAY. He will be the next Fabio, ladies and gentlemen.

BOLDUAN: Competition, uh-oh.

BERMAN: Everyone talking about the red panda on the lam, but this next video is from the Dallas Zoo. It's got 70,000 views on YouTube, the lesson here, do not mock the gorilla. Check it out.



Berman: I don't want to take sides here, but I'm with the gorilla.

Finally, I want to show you this from London, England. A magician, his name is Dynamo. He is going around town here apparently levitating on this bus driving through the city. It's part of some (inaudible) promo. There are all sorts of theories online about how he's doing it, whether it's like a prosthetic arm -- do you think it's a fake arm.

Hidden camera trickery.

CUOMO: There's a brace on his back that goes through the arm. Never moves the arm.

BERMAN: I'm going with magic. I'm going with magic.

PEREIRA: Speaking of magic --

CUOMO: It's time for a magical transition from here at NEW DAY where we thank you for joining us to "CNN NEWSROOM" with Carol Costello, who can also levitate.