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American Teenager Beaten; July 4 Protesters Decry Illegal Immigrants; Netherland Advances to World Cup Semis

Aired July 6, 2014 - 08:00   ET


VICTOR BLACKWELL, CNN ANCHOR: And first this morning, new images of the Florida teenager who was allegedly beaten up by Israeli police forces in Jerusalem.

ALISON KOSIK, CNN ANCHOR: Fifteen-year-old Tariq Khdeir was being released from custody, actually, has been released from custody, after he made a court appearance today.

You're looking at new images now of Tariq, excuse me, outside the courthouse today. You can his face is still bruised and his family says two masked men wearing the uniforms of Israeli security forces beat and kicked him last week.

BLACKWELL: CNN's Ben Wedeman joins us now live from Jerusalem.

Ben, you spoke with this teenager. Tell me about that exchange.

BEN WEDEMAN, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, we were just outside the courtroom when he was released. Now he's been released on 3,000 shekel bail, almost $900. He will be under house arrest but not in his house in the neighborhood Shuafat but rather in an adjacent neighborhood of Beit Hanina. When he was walking out of the courtroom we were able to catch a quick word with Tariq.


TARIQ KHDEIR: I was attacked by the police and --


KHDEIR: I woke up in the hospital, I woke up in the hospital.

WEDEMAN: You woke up in the hospital? (SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE)

And that's it?

KHDEIR: Yes, yes, that's it.

WEDEMAN: So, how do you feel now you're out?

KHDEIR: Yes, I feel way better.

WEDEMAN: Way better? Let's have a look at you.

AHMAD TIBI, MEMBER OF ISRAELI KNESSET: I hope that President Barack Obama will feel what the family of Abu Khdeir is feeling. Mohammed was killed and bound. And Tariq was brutally attacked. He's also human and he is an American citizen also.


WEDEMAN: That's Ahmad Tibi, who's a Palestinian member of the Israeli Knesset or parliament. Now, we also had a chance to speak with his mother, Suha, who is a Baltimore native.



WEDEMAN: Quickly, what do you think of the decision of the court?

SUHA ABU KHDEIR, MOTHER OF TARIQ KHDEIR: I'm not really happy, because he's being -- he hasn't been charged with anything, and he hasn't been accused of anything, not charged with anything and they have him on house arrest, out of his own home, and plus, he's -- they're making us pay a fine. It was 10,000 shekels and it we can down to 3,000 shekels. Yes, I am going to press charges.

WEDEMAN: You'll press charges against the police who beat him?

SUHA ABU KHDEIR: Yes, we will, definitely.


WEDEMAN: And we understand from the Israeli justice ministry they have indeed launched an investigation into this incident. It's not been done by the police themselves, but rather the justice ministry has a special branch that does these sort of investigations, so we'll be waiting for those results.

Now, we understand that right now, Tariq Abu Khdeir and his family have gone to the mourning tent, the tent where people gathered to pay their respects to the family of his cousin, Mohammed Abu Khdeir, whose body was found earlier this week in the a Jerusalem forest. Apparently, who burnt to death in a forest.

Now, we understand or rather Israeli media is reporting that six suspects are being held for questioning in that investigation, the investigation into the murder of Mohammed Abu Khdeir. It appears the police are leaning in the direction of the belief that this was a revenge killing by Israeli extremists for the kidnapping and killing of the three Israeli teenagers whose bodies were found last Monday afternoon -- Victor, Alison.

KOSIK: Ben, can you maybe describe what the mood is like in the region there, in the wake of these horrible killings and kidnappings of not just Israelis but Palestinians as well? WEDEMAN: Alison, the mood is dark, dark on both sides. Israelis

enraged by the kidnapping and murder of those three teenagers, Palestinians equally enraged by the kidnapping and murder of Mohammed Abu Khdeir. We've seen intense clashes in east Jerusalem and also parts of Israel as well where Palestinians and Israelis live.

There's also, of course, the situation between Gaza and Israel, where you have these daily exchanges of missile strikes coming out of Gaza and Israeli airstrikes going in.

One very worrying development of course was that yesterday a rocket was fired from Gaza in the direction of the Israeli city of Be'er Sheba, which is more than 40 kilometers way, indicating some of the heavier, long range missiles may be deployed down in Gaza as well. So, this situation very tense, very delicate at the moment.

BLACKWELL: Delicate indeed. Ben Wedeman there for us in Jerusalem, Ben, thank you so much.

KOSIK: And the U.S. State Department calls the attack on the teenager troubling.

BLACKWELL: It's demanding a speedy investigation into what happened.

CNN's Sunlen Serfaty joins us now live from the White House.

Sunlen, we just heard from that member of the Knesset there calling on President Obama to feel what this young man's family is feeling. What are we hearing from the State Department?

SUNLEN SERFATY, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, Victor and Alison, strong words already from the State Department condemning this incident.

Spokeswoman Jen Psaki says in a statement, quote, "We are profoundly troubled by reports he was severely beaten while in police custody and strongly condemn any excessive use of force. We are calling for a speedy, transparent and credible investigation and full accountability for excessive use of force."

Now, in Tampa, Florida, where this teen has lived yesterday, of course, anger and sadness, neighbors and friends gathered in the street. They held a street side vigil with some signs reading, "Bring our brother home."

Now, relatives, of course, reacting negatively. Here's what they say about someone they describe is just a typical teenager.


SUHAD ABU KHDEIR, TARIQ KHDEIR'S AUNT: Israeli police who beat him like this, not knowing he was a U.S. citizen, so if he wasn't a U.S. citizen he would have just been murdered like the other Palestinians every single day. An American. He plays soccer. He takes selfies on Facebook. He loves fishing. I mean, he's just bright, wonderful kid, like any other American

kid. He's into pop culture. He listens to the rap music.

I mean, what else can you say about a 15-year-old American born and raised here? You know, he just went to visit his grandparents. That's all.


SERFATY: And the State Department, of course, doesn't want to see tensions escalate any more in the region, so they have called for all sides to take steps now to restore the calm -- Victor and Alison.

KOSIK: Sunlen Serfaty, thank you.


BLACKWELL: Well, this dangerous leader of the group ISIS may be out of the shadows this morning.

KOSIK: A witness recalls a terrifying scene when this man, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi burst into Friday prayers at a mosque in Mosul along with a hoard of gunmen.


BLACKWELL: Now, in the video, the man urges the faithful to create an Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, and wage jihad during the holy month of Ramadan that started last week.

KOSIK: If the recording is authentic, it would be one of the first known appearances of the militant leader held for four years by the U.S. He was released in 2009.

BLACKWELL: Let's go to California now where a swimmer is just grateful to be alive after being attack by a great white shark on California's popular Manhattan Beach.






UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I heard someone screaming curls that was like nothing heard before.


KOSIK: The attack happened yesterday after a fisherman on a pier hooked the shark, a swimmer came by at the wrong time and the shark bit him in the chest. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

ERIC MARTIN, MARINE BIOLOGIST: The shark is hooked in the lip and trying to shake the hook his mouth is opening and closing, opening and closing shaking his head and when he's doing that of course, his teeth are coming out and we think the swimmer just happened to be at the wrong place at the say wrong time.


KOSIK: I would say that. The swimmer is now home after being treated at a local hospital. Woo.

BLACKWELL: Yes, doing better at least, doing better.

KOSIK: Protests over immigration in California. The tiny city of Murrieta now a flashpoint in the controversy that stretches all the way to the White House.

BLACKWELL: Plus, another crazy shoot-out decides the fate of a dramatic World Cup match. You've got to see this one.


BLACKWELL: You're seeing here the protesters in Murrieta, California, staking their ground in what's being really become a roiling immigration debate.

Last week, these protesters forced buses full of illegal immigrants to make a U-turn and head away from their city. Another flight carrying illegal immigrants from Texas arrived late Friday in Southern California. Some of the protesters have blamed President Obama for the crisis. The president meantime blames House Republicans for failing to take action.

And that is not the only finger-pointing going on in Washington. In a CNN exclusive, the top Republican in the House lays out his case for suing President Obama. Speaker John Boehner in an op-ed for CNN writes that the president has used executive action to create and change his own laws and ignore existing ones.

Here is a portion of it, Boehner writes, quote, "In my view, the president has not faithfully executed the laws when it comes to a range of issues including his health care law, energy regulations, foreign policy and education." Boehner writes that later this month, he'll introduce legislation authorizing the House to sue the president. You can read the whole piece at

KOSIK: And Boehner's op-ed is already generating buzz. And there will be much more to talk about next hour on "STATE OF THE UNION."

BLACKWELL: Candy Crowley joins us now.

Candy, what is Washington saying about the arguments presented in this op-ed? CANDY CROWLEY, "STATE OF THE UNION" HOST: Here's what folks have

said about Boehner's idea to sue the president. On the one hand, you do have some lawyers say in order to have standing to sue the president, we have to show some harm to yourself.

On the other side, Republicans are saying, look, as you read, the president's violating the law, he's not enforcing the law this goes against his pledge and his oath of office. So, you will you see in the arguments and the floor debate that proceeds this vote on whether to authorize the House to sue the president quite a day, maybe a couple of days depending on what the rule is, but it has been hotly debated in Washington and will continue to be I think even after that vote.

KOSIK: Now on the show today, you're also going to be talking with the mayor of Murrieta, California, the city that's become such a flash point in this immigration debate.

CROWLEY: Right. And just, of course, I know the folks certainly the Mayor Alan Long, said he thinks his city has been portrayed badly in a bad light as you recall. They did stand and block the buses that were bringing some of these unaccompanied minors that have crossed the border to the city to be processed at a federal border processing center there and they were blocked and had to turn around.

So, the question is, where does Murrieta go from here because certainly the children that are coming and the mothers and children and the teens are still coming, and we're also going to talk to Congressmen Playar who is along the border, will join us from Laredo, just to kind of set the scene for us and tell us what's happening.

KOSIK: OK. Candy Crowley, thanks. We're going to see you at the top of the hour.

CROWLEY: Thanks.

BLACKWELL: Thanks, Candy.

The Sterlings, you know the name, they're taking their NBA battle back to court this week with Shelly Sterling trying to salvage her deal to sell the Clippers for $2 billion.

KOSIK: Plus, Brazil star player rushed to the hospital after taking a nasty blow during their World Cup game. Now, he has an emotional message for his fans and teammates. Laura Rutledge is up next -- Laura.

LAURA RUTLEDGE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: We'll tell you what doctors are saying about Neymar's road to recovery.


JOHN KING, INSIDE POLITICS: Good morning. Coming up on the show today, a frustrated President Obama prepares to go it alone after rebuffs from Supreme Court and Republicans in the House. But will the strategy pay off political for him and for his party in 2014. Plus, a look at how key some Senate contests are playing out at

the half time mark of the midterms.

Those stories and much more coming up on "INSIDE POLITICS". See you at the bottom of the hour.

BLACKWELL: All right. Thank you, John. We'll hand it over in about 10 minutes.

The trial of Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius is almost at the end.

KOSIK: Testimony could end as soon as tomorrow after the prosecution cross-examines a sports doctor who treated Pistorius. It's believed he is going to be the final defense witness in that trial, which began in March.

BLACKWELL: It's been a few months and Pistorius as you know is charged with the murder and the death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. He said he shot her accidentally mistaking her for an intruder.

The NBA's most notorious couple is due in court tomorrow. Donald and Shelly Sterling are set to face off over the pending $2 billion deal to sell the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Shelly Sterling, she wants a judge to uphold the deal. Donald's lawyers argue his estranged wife is improperly trying to take control of the family's trust. They're also pushing to have the face moved to federal court.

KOSIK: Accused murderer and former football star Aaron Hernandez is expected in court at least twice this week. Tomorrow, the trial judge is expected to rule on a request to move Hernandez to a different jail so he can be closer to his lawyers.

BLACKWELL: The defense also wants the court subpoena to force the New England Patriots to turn over any of his medical and psychological information that may give them a little insight into his mental state prior to that alleged murder.


BLACKWELL: So this went on for more than two hours, it came down to these penalty kicks. Historic sub at the last minute, worked for the Netherlands.

KOSIK: How much does it work, Laura Rutledge?

RUTLEDGE: Worked out very well. And you know what? The knockout stage of the World Cup can keep you on the edge of your seat.

KOSIK: Oh, yes.

RUTLEDGE: This one has been spectacular. The Netherlands survive a ridiculous penalty shoot-out with Costa Rica ka to advance to the World Cup semifinals where they'll face Argentina. And it looks like the unconventional Dutch coach Louis van Gaal, he's got a lot of old-fashioned good luck on his side.

In the final seconds of extra time, van Gaal had Tim Krul replace Holland's starting goalkeeper and his risk was rewarded Krul produced two crucial saves -- a stunt like this extremely rare. And how rare? Well, this is the first time in World Cup history a coach has brought in the goalkeeper purely for the sake of the penalty shoot-out. I'm sure he's thanking his lucky stars that worked out for him.

Now, Brazilian star Neymar admits he's devastated to be out for the rest of the tournament after suffering a cracked vertebrae in Friday's quarterfinal win over Colombia. Yesterday, he sent out an emotional message to his fans fighting back the tears. Neymar urged his teammates to keep on fighting. He also said his World Cup dream hasn't ended yet, it's just suspended.

Brazil's team doctor says the injury will not cause long-term problems to Neymar as a player or a person. So, great news there. The healing period is expected to last three to six weeks and the doctor says no surgeries needed, just pain killers, a special belt and rest will be necessary for Neymar's recovery.

Now, one of the favorites to win the Tour de France won't start in today's second stage, and could pull out of the race entirely. That's Mark Cavendish. He was just yards from the finish line yesterday when he crashed and his team says he suffered a shoulder injury but no broken bones thankfully. He's, of course, in a lot of pain. Now, he won bicycle racing's most prestigious race in 2011.

And it only took Ronda Rousey 16 seconds to defend her UFC title belt last night. You're seeing the only highlight we have for the challenger Alexis Davis because just her standing in the cage was about it. She scored the knockout victory after firing off 10 punches to Davis' face. Ouch.

KOSIK: I wonder -- I wonder if everybody sitting there thought that's it.

BLACKWELL: Yes, that's what I was thinking.

RUTLEDGE: Exactly, we want to see -- some predicted it would go two rounds, some said two minutes. Everyone was wrong.

BLACKWELL: Thanks for those fights lower on the card, because 16 seconds isn't --


BLACKWELL: Laura Rutledge, thank you.

RUTLEDGE: Thank you.

BLACKWELL: You know, this could have been deadly, and we've talked about these, these bouncing houses, inflatable slides.

KOSIK: Parents are still putting them in there.

BLACKWELL: It happened at a carnival attraction, this thing flew into the air before slamming down on the ground.

KOSIK: Wait until you hear what happened right before this inflatable slide went airborne.


BLACKWELL: Hey, if you're going to be out on the water, be careful. Four people were killed and as many as 12 others were injured after a boat crashed near Miami Friday. The collision took place after a Fourth of July fireworks show. The officials there say two victims died after they were brought to the hospital. Another two were found dead in the water on Saturday morning.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We started receiving additional information of more people that were found in the water. And before you know it, we had Key Biscayne Police Department along with FWC bringing in additional patients, some that were somewhat stable and some that were serious.


BLACKWELL: Investigators say the boaters may have been rushing to get back to shore when that crash happened. Few children were among those injured as well.

KOSIK: Now, we've heard this before, at least once or twice, an inflatable bounce house flies into the sky after some kind of mishap and guess what? It's happened again.

BLACKWELL: Look at this, this was at a carnival in Sparks, Nevada. People were celebrating Independence Day on Friday. This slide had just passed a safety inspection apparently not safe enough.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Big gust of wind like a dirt devil just came through and picked it up and took it away.


KOSIK: Thankfully, no one was inside the slide when it went airborne, but several people on the ground, they were injured.

BLACKWELL: Arthur? Who is Arthur?

KOSIK: Arthur is history.

BLACKWELL: Gone. Arthur is gone and now, the heat is coming into the Northeast.

KOSIK: Oh, yes, how warm is it going to get as we head back to a new work week? I love it. Tell me, meteorologist Karen Maginnis.

KAREN MAGINNIS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: Yes, Alison and Victor, it is really going to become quite steamy along the Eastern Seaboard. In the meantime, we've got about 18 million people looking at showers and thunderstorms, some could be strong to severe across the Upper Mississippi River Valley. But that shifts a little bit further to the east and south so the Ohio River Valley will be included in that.

Here is the risk area, from Minnesota, Wisconsin, all the way down towards Illinois. As I mentioned, roughly 18 million people, but that escalates very quickly on Monday to around 33 million people through the Ohio River Valley, but the Midwest sees the strongest storms for this afternoon.

And temperature-wise, Alison I know you're interested in this, where temperatures are looking to be quite warm, mostly in the upper 80s and then we're looking at 90s, Washington, D.C., expecting 96, and New York City around 91. High temperature in St. Louis 95 and temperatures looking in towards Tuesday still on the warm side, average high temperatures running above normal here, but we'll start to see them quickly drop off across the Midwest.

Back to you, guys.

KOSIK: All right. Karen Maginnis, thank you. Hot the way I like it.

BLACKWELL: Yes, it was good to have you down here in Hotlanta.

KOSIK: Happy to be here.

Thanks for starting your morning with us.

BLACKWELL: "INSIDE POLITICS WITH JOHN KING" starts in just a moment. Stay right here.