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Zimmerman Dash Cam Video; Human Factor; A Day to Remember

Aired September 11, 2013 - 08:30   ET


CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: Her smashed up iPad.

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: Also ahead, they also released dash cam video of him in cuffs. We're going to piece together the latest George Zimmerman drama ahead.


ANNOUNCER: You're watching NEW DAY with Chris Cuomo, Kate Bolduan and Michaela Pereira.

CUOMO: Welcome back to NEW DAY. It is Wednesday, September 11th.

In about 10 minutes, people around the world will stop to observe a moment of silence. It will mark the very moment the first plane crashed into one of the twin towers. We will take you live to Ground Zero for that.

BOLDUAN: And 12 years after that, the story of despair and hope - a story of despair and hope for a 9/11 volunteer. He is getting some much needed helping hands. Details on that ahead.

CUOMO: First, let's get to Michaela for the five things you need to know for your new day.



Number one, diplomacy getting a chance in Syria, President Obama telling Americans he'll delay military strikes against the Assad regime while negotiators try to broker a plan for the Syrians to surrender their chemical weapons.

It is a day to remember. Today marking the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks. It is also the first anniversary of that attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

The Ohio man who confessed in an online video that he killed another man while driving drunk will be arraigned today. Twenty-two-year-old Matthew Cordle made his first court appearance Tuesday but did not enter a plea.

The driver accused of killing an Italian woman and injuring 16 others allegedly after plowing his car into the boardwalk on Venice Boulevard - or Venice, California, rather, boardwalk is due back in court today. Nathan Louis Campbell is now facing murder and assault charges.

And at number five, Team USA headed to the 2014 World Cup. Goals from Landon Donovan and Eddie Johnson helping the red hot American squad secure its place with a 2-0 win over Mexico. Go, team.

Always updating those five things to know, so be sure to go to for the very latest.


CUOMO: All right, we have new details for you on that domestic dispute that George Zimmerman had with his wife. Now back in handcuffs as a result. New dash cam video shows the moment Zimmerman was confronted by police after his wife called 911. They're now looking at more footage from the incident that could lead to criminal charges. CNN's Victor Blackwell is in Lake Mary, Florida, with the latest.

Good morning, Victor.


That video is on an iPad that police say George Zimmerman smashed during that altercation, the confrontation here at this home with his estranged wife Shellie Zimmerman. Now, analysts with the Seminole County Sheriff's Office, they are trying to retrieve the vide from really the pieces of this iPad. And if they see that the iPad was either used as a weapon or it shows that George or Shellie Zimmerman hit the other, there could be domestic battery charges filed. This morning we're seeing how this confrontation ended.



UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Get your hands up! Get out of the car!

BLACKWELL (voice-over): New dash cam video shows George Zimmerman and another man being ordered out of this truck at gunpoint Monday by Lake Mary Florida, police.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Stop where you are!

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Get back on that - get him back out there!

BLACKWELL: Police suspect Zimmerman was armed after receiving this frantic call from his estranged wife, Shellie Zimmerman.

SHELLIE ZIMMERMAN (voice-over): He's in his car and he continually has his hand on his gun and he keeps saying, step closer. He's just threatening all of us with - with his firearms.

DISPATCHER: Step closer to what?

ZIMMERMAN: And he's going to shoot us.

BLACKWELL: Police say they did not find a gun. UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Get on your knees! Cross your feet!

BLACKWELL: According to police, there was a confrontation at the home the Zimmermans once shared. A home owned by Shellie's father, David Dean.

ZIMMERMAN: He accosted my father and then took my iPad out of my hands and smashed it and cut it with a pocketknife.

BLACKWELL: This is Dean after the alleged attack, which police say was not caught on camera. Police say Mrs. Zimmerman was using the now smashed iPad to record video of what was being taken from the home. In this home surveillance video, footage George Zimmerman volunteered to officers, you can see George smash the iPad. Now, that iPad is at the center of the investigation.

OFFICER ZACH HUDSON, SPOKESMAN, LAKE MARY POLICE DEPARTMENT: You got George Zimmerman saying that she -- he was struck with the iPad, and then you have Shellie saying that there was some physical contact with George. The iPad's important because we want to see what's on that iPad. The iPad would have been running while this was going on.

BLACKWELL: Everyone was questioned and released, no charges were filed.


BLACKWELL: And if George Zimmerman is charged with domestic battery as a result of what's found on the iPad, Mark O'Mara will not represent him. The attorney who led his defense in the Trayvon Martin case says that he will not represent George Zimmerman in any new cases, including any potential charges connected to what happened on Monday and his pending divorce. And the charges connected possibly to what's found on the iPad could be filed as early as midday.

Chris. Kate.

CUOMO: All right, Victor, thank you very much. Important to remember. We had heard that Shellie wasn't going to press charges. Especially in domestic violence allegations situations, the state can do it by themselves. They don't need the victim. So that's why there could still be charges.

BOLDUAN: Yes. And we'll see.

All right, for most of her life, Annette Miller has been burdened by her weight. That is until now. She just completed the Malibu triathlon as the member of CNN's Fit Nation team. Dr. Sanjay Gupta has her story in today's "Human Factor."


DR. SANJAY GUPTA, CNN CHIEF MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Growing up in Tennessee, Annette Miller always dreamed of playing basketball. ANNETTE MILLER, CNN FIT NATION 2013 TRIATHLETE: I got a permission slip from our coach at school and I came running home that day, I was so excited, I was going to get to play basketball. And instead of getting a signature from my parents, I was told, you're too fat to play.

GUPTA: At 10 years old and more than 200 pounds she says, that mantra instantly changed her life.

MILLER: "You're too fat" followed me into adulthood.

GUPTA: But years later, when her twin sister, Bobette (ph), needed a kidney transplant.

MILLER: I was not even tested or considered to be a donor because of my weight. That was the kick in the pants I needed.

GUPTA: So she changed her diet, she started walking, she hit the gym, she was determined to get the weight off. By November of 2012, she was well on her way.

MILLER: I'm proud to say that at this point I've lost over 100 pounds.

GUPTA: And she wasn't finished. Miller applied for the CNN Fit Nation challenge and she was accepted in January.

GUPTA (on camera): Congratulations. We've already picked you --

MILLER: Oh, my!

GUPTA (voice-over): For eight months she trained, swimming, biking, running, to compete in the Nautica Malibu Triathlon. And on Sunday, September 8th, Miller got her chance to play, crossing the finish line in Malibu.

MILLER: I did it!

GUPTA: Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN reporting.


BOLDUAN: Wow, that is amazing. We were just saying, any triathlon is hard, but the Malibu you said is --

CUOMO: It's very tough. Open water swim there in the ocean, very tough. It's tough terrain. It's hot. A really tough race.

BOLDUAN: What an amazing example.

CUOMO: She deserves a lot of respect.

BOLDUAN: Good job.

CUOMO: All right, we're going to take a break here. When we come back on NEW DAY, we're going to take you to the moment of silence at 8:46 a.m.. That is when the first of the Twin Towers was hit 12 years ago on 9/11. We're going to be taking you to what happens here, in Washington and in Pennsylvania. All of the cities that were affected will have their own memorials today. So please, stay with us.



CUOMO: This is 8:46. This is the moment of silence that will be - being observed. We just heard the Brooklyn Youth Chorus singing the national anthem.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Face forward, right. March.

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: As we've been seeing right there the President, the Vice President, the First Lady and Dr. Jill Biden along with so many people joining them at the White House on the left side of your screen, we're looking at Ground Zero. Everyone's coming together to mark a moment of silence, 8:46, the moment the first plane hit the north tower of the World Trade Center, as we will be, there will be other moments of silence that we're going to be following this morning. A day to mark the day, September 11th, 2001, when our world changed as we know it.

CUOMO: Bagpipers combined first responders from here in New York, they play on this day every year and they mark other occasions of solemnity for people who are affected. There are going to be 125 pairs of survivors, of victim's families who will read out the names of those lost that day. It will continue throughout the morning the moment of silence marked by a bell. that will be echoed by places of worship throughout New York City, all of them, any denomination will be trying to sound the call to remember the moment the first tower was hit here in New York City.

BOLDUAN: And as we do every year we will be marking events not only here in New York City at Ground Zero but also in Washington as you saw, as well as in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where we know United Flight 93 went down in that windy wind-swept field in Pennsylvania. We should note that President Obama will be marking today, will be speaking to family members in a private observance, family members of the 184 people that were killed when the plane hit the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

CUOMO: We'll also have remembrance of those pairs of people who were coming up, they're not just reading what happened on 9/11, also the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center is part of that. And especially today it's 12 years, but in sharper focus today, I think because of what the world is dealing with at this time. The dialogue about Syria, bringing a little bit in a sharper focus what happened that day and what it is that we all swore never to forget.

BOLDUAN: As we go to break let's just take a moment as we remember the victims and family members read their names.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: And I think about you every day. Even though it's been 12 years, I will never forget all the amazing times we had together. You were more than just my daddy, you were my best friend. And I love you more than anything. You will be in my heart always.

And my brother, Richard Anthony Palazolo, Richie, your twin Ron, is living for both of you. Three Rs for ever, twins forever.


CUOMO: All right.

It is time for "The Good Stuff" and no, we're not going to distract from 9/11. We're going to focus on one facet of its impact -- a sense of community, neighbor helping neighbor, family helping parents, it's so apparent the days and weeks after attacks themselves and it continues.

Volunteers across the country are putting down their daily lives this week and picking up tools to do good for others. One recipient of those efforts couldn't be more deserving, NYPD officer Charlie Sadler and his wife, Gina, lost their home in Superstorm Sandy. Well now it is being rebuilt.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It is very humbling. It's very, very different to be on this end.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's happening but it's like a dream.

MIA TOSCHI, NEW YORK, SAYS THANK YOU: You rebuild areas hit by tornadoes and Indiana, Kansas, we never thought that we'd be rebuilding after 9/11 in our own backyard but here we are with Sandy, and there's still a lot of work to do.


CUOMO: The connection is that the volunteers who were building Officer Sadler's house are with New York Says Thank You, a group founded after 9/11 to thank those who rushed to New York's aid. And every 9/11 anniversary they've paid it forward.


JEFF PARKERS, FOUNDER, NEW YORK SAYS THANK YOU: That was the inspiration for New York Says Thank You foundation was created in 2004 with the idea that every year around the September 11th anniversary we would take New York City firefighters, construction workers, kids, volunteers from New York, ship them somewhere in the country where they had a disaster and help folks rebuild. And it's not just about remembering the tragedy of what happened on 9/11, it's really about honoring that sense of kindness and volunteer spirit that united us on 9/12.


CUOMO: Absolutely and it's something a quote that you hear so often from so many families that were affected. It's not just about 9/11. It's about everything that happens every day afterwards, beginning on 9/12 and that was the sentiment that led to the founding of this group and a lot of other groups that do this good work. The legacy of that day isn't just the darkness. It is the light that came out of it and people's understanding of how to live their lives differently.

BOLDUAN: That is something good out of something so horrible and showing that we will not forget and we will rebuild. That's great. That's great, we're going to be back right after a break but we do want to leave you with the reading of the names as we continue to follow September 11th anniversary ceremony.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Michael Edward Asher.



UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Manuel O. Asasembe.






CUOMO: That's it for us here on NEW DAY. Our hearts and our minds go out to all of you dealing with the events of 9/11.

It is time for "CNN NEWSROOM" with Carol Costello. It begins right now. Good morning Carol.

CAROL COSTELLO, CNN ANCHOR: Good morning and thank you so much. "NEWSROOM" starts now.

Happening now in the NEWSROOM -- a push for peace.


BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: I have therefore asked the leaders of Congress to postpone a vote.


COSTELLO: President Obama, 15 minutes and America's place in the world.


OBAMA: But sometimes resolutions and statements of condemnation are simply not enough.


COSTELLO: In the search for clarity, moments of contradiction.


OBAMA: But I have resisted calls for military action.


COSTELLO: Followed by --


OBAMA: I determined to respond to a targeted military strike.