tv CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley CBS March 9, 2015 5:30pm-6:01pm PDT
>> pelley: the university of oklahoma shuts down a fraternity over a racist chant caught on video. >> these people have acted in a way that is absolutely reprehensible and disgraceful. >> pelley: also tonight, hundreds protest after a white police officer fatally shoots an unarmed black teenager. a cloak and jagger story. who poisoned jagger the belgian show dog? and before texting, there was tapping. ( tapping ) the code that helped american p.o.w.s survive. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: this is our western edition. we got an ugly reminder today that racism is still alive just
as america is marking the anniversary of a turning point in the civil rights movement. it happened at the university of oklahoma in norman where members of a fraternity recorded a racist chant, which, of course went online. today the fraternity was shut down and the university president said he wants the students in the video to leave and he offered to pay their bus fare. jericka duncan is in norman, oklahoma. >> reporter: this is the video that did so much damage in only nine seconds. >> reporter: the clip was posted on a web site sunday night. we don't know when or where it was shot. we don't know the identities of the students. the video makes light of lynchings and barring blacks from sigma alpha epsilon or s.a.e.
before sunday night was ovher, the national fraternity disowned the o.u. chapter. brandon weghorst is the national spokesman. >> we are apologetic not only to the individuals who are offended by the video, but to our own members, who are from different backgrounds. because they should never see a video like that. they should never be subjected to that kind of hateful message. >> reporter: the frat house was shut down by the university and members were ordered to move out by tuesday night. early this morning university of oklahoma president david boren joined students who gathered to protest. >> these people have acted in a way that is absolutely reprehensible and disgraceful. we cannot put up with it. >> reporter: isaac hill is the president of the black students' association on campus. he says he's disappointed but not surprised. >> i have been amazed to see how o.u. has come together to say, not on our campus. we will not accept this and we will not sit idly by.
>> reporter: with 15,000 members nationwide, s.a.e. is first fraternity in the antebellum south. in fact, it was started 159 years ago today. but, scott, 12 chapters over the last 18 months have been closed because of hazing or hazing- related situations. >> pelley: jericka duncan in oklahoma for us tonight. jericka, thanks very much. today hundreds protested inside the wisconsin state capitol building after an unarmed black teenager was shot to death by a white madison police officer. the police say the teen was assaulting the officer but still the police chief called the death a tragedy and asked his family for forgiveness. dean reynolds is in madison. >> black lives matter! black lives matter! >> reporter: increasingly large crowds of demonstrators marched on the wisconsin statehouse this afternoon and filled its 98- year-old rotunda with a familiar chant. >> hands up. >> don't shoot. >> hands up.
>> don't shoot. >> reporter: 19-year-old tony robinson was shot dead by officer matt kenny, who trailed him to his house. >> 19 years of age. name is tony robinson. apparently tony hit one of his friends. no weapon seen. >> reporter: police say the shooting took place when kenny responding to 911 calls about robinson, was attacked by him in the entryway of the home. >> shots fired, shots fired. >> all lives matter. >> that's right. >> reporter: while the demonstrations have been peaceful, emotions here are raw. this weekend police chief michael cobalt visited robinson's family. >> you went out of your way to be sensitive to the people who would be most disappointed by what happened. >> but that goes to a core value. i believe life is sacred, so why wouldn't you express remorse at the loss of a young life. that seems only natural. >> reporter: today the chief posted on the police web site "reconciliation cannot begin without my stating i am sorry,
and i don't think i can say this enough. i am sorry." today his family gathered just a few feet away from where robinson died. his uncle turin carter spoke for the grieving parents. >> this is a bigger issue than tony. this highlights a universal problem with law enforcement and how its procedures have been carried out, especially in light of what's happened over the summertime. >> reporter: his uncle said tony robinson was no saint, perhaps a reference to his conviction for armed robbery. for now, scott, the state department of justice in madison is investigating the case and the federal department of justice in washington is monitoring it closely. >> pelley: dean reynolds for us tonight. dean, thank you. at the boston marathon bombing trial today, we saw for the first time the video that led police to the tsarnaev brothers. the defense has admitted that dzhokhar tsarnaev and his late brother planted the bombs. his lawyers are now trying to
save him from the death penalty. don dahler is covering at the courthouse. >> reporter: f.b.i. forensics expert anthony amos showed the court video compilations geared from the scene. dzhokhar and tamerlan tsarnaev can be seen wearing backpacks. the younger brother appeared to set his backpack down feet away if the youngest victim, eight- year-old martin richard. he made a phone call. records show he spoke to tamerlan tsarnaev for 19 seconds. just after the phone call ended, first bomb went off. everyone else turned to look but dzhokhar headed in the other direction. 12 seconds later, the second bomb exploded right where he had been standing. video never made public until now shows the younger tsarnaev running away. if the video evidence put the tsarnaev brothers at the scene the morning's testimony put the jury there. nurse jessica kensky was a
newlywed watching the race with her husband patrick. when the bomb exploded, she said it felt like she was shot into the air on a rocket. "there's smoke. there's blood," she said. "i was most focused on my husband right next to me. his foot was detached. jessica evenly lost both her legs. fireman matthew patterson ran up to seven year old jane richard. "she was amputated above the knee. there was barely enough left to apply a tourniquet." prosecutors showed video 30 minutes after the bombings of dzhokhar tsarnaev buying and then exchanging a bottle of milk at a nearby grocery store and going to a gym for a workout the next day. prosecutors also presented a number of tweets from dzhokhar tsarnaev's two twitters accounts, including some from months before the bombing in which he talked about the glory of martyrdom and expressed his expectation that he would die young. scott, there was also a tweet posted a day after the bombings by tsarnaev in which he said he
was a stress-free kind of guy. >> pelley: don dahler reporting. don, thanks very much. another video today captured the moment an amtrak train slammed enter a tractor-trailer in north carolina. the truck was stuck on the tracks. the driver jumped and he's all right. but at least 40 passengers were hurt when the locomotive flipped and the first two cars left the tracks. there are injuries, but they're not believed to be life- threatening. in washington, it used to be said that politics stops at the water's edge, but today in a highly unusual move, 47 republican senators warned the leaders of iran against president obama's proposal to limit the iranian nuclear program. the administration has been negotiating this for months and a deadline is three weeks away. here's nancy cordes. >> reporter: the open letter to iranian leaders was one part civics lesson, one part warning shot. it has come to our attention
republicans wrote, that you may not fully understand our constitutional system. congress, they explained, must sign off on any deal secretary of state john kerry strikes with iran over its nuclear program. anything not approved by congress is a mere executive agreement and could be revoked by the next president with a stroke of a pen. >> i have never seen anything like it. >> reporter: senate democrats accuse republicans of undermining delicate negotiations. democratic leader harry reid. >> i disagreed with president bush so very much to what he was doing to our country, but i would never ever consider anything even close to this. >> reporter: iran's foreign minister called the letter a propaganda ploy and says it seems that the authors do not understand international law or the nuances of their own constitution. the letter was written by tom cotton, a freshman senator from arkansas.
>> it simply tells the leaders of iran that if congress doesn't approve a deal, congress won't accept a deal. the only thing unprecedented is an american president negotiating a nuclear agreement with the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism without congressional approval. >> reporter: but the president insists he does not need congress to sign off. >> i think it's somewhat ironic to see some members of congress wanting to make common cause with the hard-liners in iran. it's an unusual coalition. >> reporter: those hard-liners in iran are one reason that the white house only puts the chances that a deal will be struck at 50/50 at best. what worries republicans, scott, are reports that any deal would sunset after ten years, giving iranians the chance to restart their nuclear program where they left off. >> pelley: nancy, thank you very much. america's top general flew to baghdad today to see how the iraqis are doing in the fight against isis. he did not sound impressed. iraqi forces are attempting to retake the city of tikrit, but this hasn't been a breakthrough.
holly williams is in baghdad. >> reporter: even with thousands of iraqi fighters on the outskirts of tikrit, progress against isis is slow. iraqi forces claim they have cut supply routes to the militants yet isis is still in control of the city. in baghdad today, the chairman of the u.s. joint chiefs of staff, general martin dempsey, urged patience in the fight against isis. but on board a french aircraft carrier in the persian gulf yesterday, dempsey voiced his frustration with iraqi forces. "we've got trainers and advisers that are waiting for some of the iraqi units to show up," he said. "and when they've shown up handful of them, they've shown up under strength and sometimes without the proper equipment." raad saleh ateia and his wife quaraish are desperate for any sign of progress in tikrit. they fled their home in the city
just three days after isis captured it in june. "armed men from isis took our son omar away," quaraish told us. i chased after the car and i was crying because i couldn't keep up. raad told us isis interrogated 20-year-old omar and accused him of drinking alcohol. the militants later released him but omar's still too frightened of isis to appear on camera. do you think that iraq will ever be free of isis? "god willing," quaraish told us. we want everyone to go home to their families. >> pelley: holly, so far in this fight for the city of tikrit the u.s. has been on the sidelines. did general dempsey say anything about the level of u.s. involvement in iraq? >> reporter: well, scott general dempsey says he saw no need for any more u.s. military advisers in iraq.
they are already more than 2,500 of them on the ground here. he also made it clear that a dramatic escalation in american- led air strikes or carpet bombing iraq, as he described it, would risk many, many more civilian casualties. >> pelley: holly williams reporting for us tonight from baghdad. holly, thank you. hillary clinton is expected to be speaking soon and for the first time about her use of a private e-mail account instead of the government system when she was secretary of state. one source is telling us that she's considering a news conference. conducting official business by private e-mail would appear to violate a 2009 law designed to protect public records. clinton didn't mention it today, but the white house found itself facing new questions after an interview with the president by our senior white house correspondent bill plante. >> reporter: mr. president, when did you first learn that hillary clinton used an e-mail system outside the u.s. government for official business while she was
secretary of state? >> at the same time everybody else learned it through news reports. >> pelley: well, the white house revised that answer today. spokesman josh earnest said mr. obama did know that clinton had a private account because he sent e-mails there for four years. >> the president was not aware of the fact this was a personal e-mail server and that this was the e-mail address that she was using exclusively for all her business. >> pelley: recently clinton turned over 55,000 pages of e- mails to the state department. she's tweeted that she hopes they'll be released to the public. there's a murder mystery at a prestigious dog show. who poisoned one of the contenders and apple goes into the watch business when the "cbs evening news" continues. ing news"
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vietnam. by then u.s. airmen had been bombing the north for seven months, and those who were taken prisoner entered a living hell that would last the rest of the war. all these years later, survivors shared their stories with david martin. >> american pilots shot down and captured by north vietnam. that's hayden lockhart on the left being paraded through the streets of hanoi. lockhart, the first airforce pilot the fall into north vietnamese hands is still alive although too ill to attend a ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of his shoot-down, but in the audience were two former navy pilots who suffered even longer. >> i was the first shot down on august 5, 1964. >> flying off an aircraft carrier in the tonkin gulf evert alvarez was shot down on the very first day u.s. jets bombed the north. >> reporter: what did you think was going to happen to you?
>> i thought i was going to die. i thought they were going to kill me. >> reporter: robert shumaker was shot down six months later. >> i broke my back on landing. >> reporter: as the bombing continued, hundreds of american pilots were shot down and captured. some died in captivity. others were brutally tortured, tied into impossible contortions or just left locked in irons. >> with hayden, they handcuffed his left wrist to his right ankle. you can imagine how painful that must be after hours and hours. this went on for about two weeks. >> reporter: the only way to stop the pain was to tell the north vietnamese something more than name, rank and serial number. so the first time you broke... >> i felt like the lowest form of human in the world. >> i tried to commit suicide to prevent giving more by banging my head against a wall. >> reporter: this is what saved
them, an alphabetical grid prisoners used to tap out messages to each other through the walls of their cells. >> it is our life line. it's what kept us together. and keeping together, that was the key. >> reporter: can you still tap? >> i can tap. i'm not as good as i used to be. ( tapping ) hi, dave. >> reporter: after eight years alvarez, shumaker and lockhart along with 495 other pilots, were released as part of a treaty which ended the war. by then alvarez was known as the old man of the north. he was not the oldest p.o.w. but he had been there the longest. david martin, cbs news, the pentagon. >> pelley: and that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
. >> good evening. >> breaking news. there are major bart delays in san francisco. trains were shut down as police were searching for a suspect. he had escaped inside a bart tunnel in balboa park. training will run again when the scene is cleared. we are following the story closely. we will bring information when we get it. >> a crime trend growing so fast, thieves are breaking into
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