L.A. Riots, Student Protests & Cool Politicians
This Sunday marks the 20th anniversary of the Los Angeles riots, sparked by the acquittal of four Los Angeles police officers accused of beating Rodney King. It was a period of chaos, violence and racial tension. But 20 years on, there's high tension over the case of Trayvon Martin. His parents are even calling for calm over the coming weekend. So, how much has really changed since those riots? We'll dig into that - and talk to a man hailed as a hero in the middle of the chaos.
Plus, there are new details in the Trayvon Martin case tonight: a Florida judge has rejected a request to raise the bond for George Zimmerman, the man charged with shooting the unarmed teenager. This as we learn Zimmerman has raised about $200,000 from anonymous donors to fund his defense. So, is he profiting from his alleged crime? We'll get into that tonight.
The Quebec government tries to make a deal with striking students. Premier Jean Charest says the province will spread its tuition hike over a longer period of time. Will this end the unrest on the streets of Montreal?
And, a new Republican ad takes aim at Barack Obama's cool factor. The ad, by a Karl Rove-sponsored political group, shows Obama dancing on Ellen DeGeneres, "slow jamming" the news with Jimmy Fallon and singing an Al Green song during a fundraiser. The ad ends by asking if a celebrity president has really made the lives of Americans any better. Tonight we're asking: why so many politicians feel the need to appear cool?
Mark Kelley is on assignment. Reshmi Nair is hosting. Join us tonight at 8 ET.