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  • Welcome to CNN STUDENT NEWS.

  • First up this Wednesday, President Obama has announced a new taskforce:

  • its job - study police practices,work with law enforcement and community activists

  • to build accountability and trust between communities and police.

  • This has to do with Ferguson, Missouri. Racial tensions flared

  • when a white police officer shot and killed a black 18-year old on August 9.

  • After hearing evidence, the grand jury decided not to charge the officer with wrongdoing.

  • Another round of violent protests followed.

  • Police cars, businesses and property in Ferguson were destroyed.

  • President Obama and outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder say

  • distrust between police and minority communities is a national problem.

  • The reality is that what we see in Ferguson is not restricted to Ferguson.

  • There are other communities around this country that have these same issues

  • that have to be dealt with, and we at the Justice Department

  • are determined to do all that we can to bridge those divides.

  • Those divisions are deep. For example, the president wants limits on

  • the ability of law enforcement agencies to buy military style equipment.

  • In the initial protests after the August shooting, some demonstrators and officials

  • accused police of using unnecessary force by firing rubber bullets

  • and tear gas on sometimes violent protesters.

  • But after protests last week, some officials say not enough was done to protect the community

  • that more armed members of the National Guard should have been there.

  • Protests over Ferguson have been nationwide.

  • Many demonstrators say Officer Darren Wilson

  • should have been charged in the shooting of Michael Brown.

  • Others say it was Michael Brown`s actions that led to his death.

  • Five players for the St. Louis Rams took the field Sunday with their hands up

  • showing support for the witnesses who said Michael Brown`s hands were up when he was shot.

  • The gesture angered the St. Louis Police Officers Association who cited evidence

  • suggesting Brown didn`t have his hands up when Officer Wilson opened fire.

  • You can see how this has touched a nerve among Americans.

  • President Obama believes body cameras worn by police could help.

  • He`s asking Congress to approve funding to cover half the cost for them

  • with states expected to pick up the other half, but they are not cheap.

  • I want to show you a body cam, this is an example of one,

  • this is a recording device, this is the actual camera.

  • Police here in Daytona Beach, Florida, started testing these out in 2011,

  • and they say the cameras have helped ease tensions in several cases.

  • Daytona Beach police have 75 cameras right now with plans to add 50 more by the end of the year.

  • Each camera costs $950. And the department is paying $23,000 a year to store the video.

  • It`s a lot of money, but Chief Chitwood (ph) says it`s money well spent.

  • I can just tell you just from the few incidents that we had here,

  • how it`s been just a God-sent for us (ph).

  • So why is there so much resistance?

  • Why doesn`t every police department in the country have these body cams?

  • Change is number one, cops don`t like change. Cost is number two.

  • And another reason, according to critics.

  • Every single thing you say is going to be recorded, scrutinized and so forth,

  • and I think that would put a hindrance on cops,

  • it would create a problem with them in dealing with the everyday public.

  • I feel that I can do my job a lot better now.

  • Officer Dale Kelig (ph) uses a body camera every day.

  • This camera will protect me.

  • We were with him as he responded to a call.

  • His body camera engaged capturing his drive to the scene and what he did once we arrived.

  • What`s your name?

  • When would you say the camera is most useful?

  • I would say any time that you come in contact with the (INAUDIBLE).

  • We wanted to see for ourselves, how the cameras work.

  • So, right now, you are recording.

  • Right now we are recording.

  • Everything you see, everything you hear is being captured by that camera.

  • That`s correct.

  • After a brief demonstration, Officer Mike Terry (ph) helped me gear up.

  • Wind it up with the tabs and push down until it clicks. Good.

  • The recording device on my belt, the camera on my head.

  • Good. It`s not that uncomfortable.

  • No. It`s kind of like wearing a headband.

  • I turned it on. All I have to do was just .

  • You press that button twice. And went for a walk recording my every move.

  • Right now we are in the shade. Right.

  • So if I were to work out into the bright sun, what would happen?

  • The camera will adjust.

  • The technology, Chief Chitwood says, is invaluable.

  • Is this the future?

  • In my heart, this is the future, it`s here. We might as well embrace it .

  • Concussions and football: legal cases involving how leagues have handles these injuries

  • already exist at the professional and college evels.

  • A new one has been filed at the high school level.

  • It`s only in the state of Illinois, but the attorney involved says he hopes to sue

  • every high school athletic association in the U.S. to change the rules to make football safer.

  • The suit was filed on behalf of a 29-year old man

  • who played high school ball between 1999 and 2003.

  • His lawyer says he had many concussions,

  • but wasn`t educated about the risks or the effects of them.

  • And that more than ten years later, he still has migraines and memory loss.

  • The non-profit Illinois High School Association which regulates the state`s athletics,

  • says concussion management remains a top priority.

  • Some neurosurgeons say because adolescents are still developing,

  • concussions are especially dangerous for them.

  • Synthetic drugs, or designer drugs are incredibly dangerous,

  • and they are hard for police to keep track of.

  • Many are made overseas, mostly in China.

  • According to the U.S. government.

  • It`s substances like bath salts, spice and K2 are constantly being altered

  • to help makers avoid breaking laws against known drugs.

  • They are popular among teenagers, they can kill in one use.

  • In a week of June 10, 2012,

  • law enforcement in Grande Forge were dealing with an outbreak of violent overdoses,

  • a mystery drug on the streets had already killed two teenagers.

  • We`ve got multiple overdoses, we`ve got two young men that have lost their lives.

  • I mean what`s more serious than that?

  • Tip Purdon is a U.S. attorney for North Dakota.

  • That was unprecedented, you know,

  • I had - I`ve a U.S. attorney now for going on four years.

  • This is the only time we`ve reached out to a school system,

  • to the university and said hey, there is this danger on the streets

  • right now that people need to be aware about.

  • As the emergency warnings were being issued,

  • investigators were desperately trying to find out just what this drug was,

  • and more importantly, where it came from.

  • It took lab analysis to determine the true nature of these substances.

  • When we learned what they were, 2C-NBOMe, 2CC- NBOMe that was new to us.

  • 2C-NBOMe and 2CC- NBOMe are synthetic designer drugs,

  • chemicals designed to imitate the high of the band drug LCD.

  • North Dakota`s top federal drug prosecutor had never heard of them,

  • and neither had Christian Bjerk`s parents.

  • I had to go to the Internet and look up information on it.

  • And I really didn`t understand the whole synthetic drug,

  • I didn`t know what it was, didn`t know who dangerous they were.

  • The message we got after we went on the Internet was that somebody said

  • it was OK for these drugs to be on the street,

  • and they`ve been tweaked. But that`s all we know.

  • Synthetic LSD has been blamed for at least .

  • Parents across the country are now learning the painful truth about synthetic designer drugs.

  • Investigators say he overdosed on the synthetic marijuana.

  • Otherwise known as K2.

  • With deaths and overdoses reported almost daily.

  • Hi, guys. This is Drew Griffin.

  • I want to thank Carl for letting me speak to you just a little bit.

  • You know, there have been 300 of these so called designer drugs.

  • They are chemical poisons. That is what they are.

  • When they come out of these laboratories in China,

  • they are stamped, not for human use.

  • Research chemicals. And that`s why the DEA, the parents,

  • all want to send out the warning that listen, you shouldn`t try these

  • because nobody knows the potency or just how dangerous they are.

  • When a lot of people hear the term "maverick" they think "top gun".

  • We think Madison, Mississippi, that`s where the mavericks are watching today.

  • Great to have you aboard over a Germantown High School.

  • One state east, in the city of Auburn, Alabama, we are calling on the Tigers.

  • They are at Auburn High School in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

  • It`s home to Broughal Middle School. It`s where rockets are blasting off.

  • We may be away from having packages delivered by drones,

  • but robots are helping move products around warehouses.

  • They look like a fleet or rumbas, and they are mighty.

  • They are not advanced enough to pick things off the shelves,

  • but they are strong enough to pick up the shelves and move them to Amazon`s warehouse workers.

  • An analyst says, they will eventually replace jobs, Amazon insists they won`t.

  • There`s no denying they save workers a lot of steps.

  • Tried to interview them, they were kind of robotic.

  • They seemed really remote, and they just tended to drone on.

  • But they drive circuits around the warehouse.

  • They take a lot of orders, and they still find their tasks fulfilling.

  • We are shipping more stories and punch (ph) your away tomorrow.

  • I`m Carl Azuz.

Welcome to CNN STUDENT NEWS.

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