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care we will see you tonight. >> o'donnell: a baltimore cop is cleared in the death of freddie gray. the first case against six officers to reach a verdict. >> it's wrong. it's injustice. it's in the right. >> o'donnell: also tonight, the v.a. secretary draws fire for this comment about long waits for health care. >> when you go to disney, do they measure the number of hours you wait in line? >> o'donnell: in our special series, one family's battle against heroin addiction. >> i'll never give up on him, never, ever. >> o'donnell: and they challenged everest and lost. >> death by drowning on a mountain 29,000 feet above sea level. >> this is captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> o'donnell: good evening. scott is off tonight. i'm richard norby. a judge found a baltimore police officer not guilty today in the
case of freddie gray. gray was severely injured last year while in police custody. his death led to rioting. edward nero is the second of six officers to stand trial, the first trial to reach a verdict. chip reid is in baltimore. >> reporter: office edward nero arrived at court today facing the possibility of years behind bars, and when the verdicts of not guilty on all counts were read by judge barry williams, nero burst into tears. nero, in yellow in this cell phone video of freddie gray's arrest, was not charged with his death. the most serious charges were assault and failing to buckle gray's seat belt in the police van, where he sustained a fatal spinal cord injury. the judge rejected the state's claim of recklessness and negligence, saying there has been no information presented at this trial that the defendant intended for any crime to happen. in a statement, nero's attorney said his client is elated that this nightmare is over. he also accused state's attorney
marilyn mosby of rushing to charge him and completely disregarding the facts last may when she charged nero and five other officers before the violent protests had even ended. >> to the people of baltimore and the demonstrators across america, i heard your call for no justice, no peace. >> reporter: two of the six officers have now gone the trial with no convictions. the first ended in a mistrial. marilyn mosby's office, which is under a gag order, did not respond to our request for a comment, but billy murphy, attorney for freddie gray's family, said the case against the other officers, especially those charged drctdly in gray's death, is far from over. >> in this case, it does not define the other cases in no way. and judge williams was very careful to distinguish this officer's lack of culpability from any of the other officers. >> reporter: the entire baltimore police department was ordered to report to work today and dozens of other officers were brought in from neighboring
jurisdictions just in case there was violence, but, norah, there were only a few dozen protesters and they were peaceful. >> o'donnell: chip reid, thank you. the supreme court today overturned the murder conviction and death sentence of a black man in georgia. in a 7-1 decision, the court ruled prosecutors had unconstitutionally excluded african americans from the all-white jury. the sole dissenter was the only black justice, clarence thomas. here's jan crawford. >> reporter: the opinion by chief justice john roberts underscores the long-held principle: race cannot be factor in excluding blacks from jurors. but in the 1987 jury trial of a georgia man, the court said the focus on race by prosecutors did just that, demonstrating a consorted effort to keep black perspective jurors off the jury. the decision paves the way for a new trial for timothy foster, who was convicted of the brutal rape and murder of an elderly schoolteacher and sentenced to
death. the jugstieses have signaled that oral arguments they were troubled by the case. justice elena kagan said the prosecutor's cut was as clear a violation as the court is ever going to see thanks to the discovery of the prosecutor's notes. the names of the potential african american jurors were highlighted in green and in this list of possible jurors titled "definite no," the top five people are black. georgia argued that prosecutors had flagged the black perspective jurors to make sure they were following new supreme court guidelines handed down in a landmark 1986 case to prevent racial discrimination in jury selection. now, some anti-death penalty groups say that race discrimination in jury selection may be less obvious today, but it still persist, but norah, this case focused solely on foster's trial 30 years ago. it did not address those bigger concerns. >> o'donnell: jan crawford outside the supreme court. january, thank you. in the presidential race,
democrat hillary clinton opened fire today on republican donald trump, addressing a labor convention in detroit, clinton said trump would bankrupt america and asked how can anybody lose money running a casino. bernie sanders campaigned in california, predicting he will win the democratic primary there next month. clinton needs only 90 more delegates to clinch the nomination, but sanders is vowing to stay until the bitter end, and he's taking aim at the chair now of the democratic party. here's nancy cordes. >> reporter: do i think she is the kind of chair that the democratic party needs? no, i don't. >> reporter: sanders put his money where his mouth is this weekend, raising 250,000 dollars to defeat congresswoman debbie wasserman schultz, the chair of his own adopted party. the money went to her primary opponent, a florida professor named tim canova. >> i think senator sanders wants to see a progressive congress. he's been in a position to assess debbie wasserman schultz's leadership abilities,
an we see a party that's increasingly divided and perhaps in no small part because of her actions. >> reporter: it's the latest evidence of a greg rift between sanders and party leaders. "saturday night live" captured one source of his resentment this weekend. >> remember all those states like wyoming where you beat me by a lot but then i still got most of the delegates. >> oh, my god! to debbie wasserman schultz. >> to debbie. >> reporter: sanders has also blamed wasserman schultz for limiting many of the debates and holding them on weekends. wasserman schultz called sanders an instigator of his supporters disrupted a convention. has this incident tested the fragile detente between the sanders' campaign and democratic leaders. >> i can tell you that i'm not doing anything to discourage the senator from continuing his campaign.
>> reporter: today she did announce that sanders will get to name five of the 15 members of the committee that will draft the democratic party platform for the convention. sanders also wants one more debate against clinton in california, but so far he has no answer. >> o'donnell: nancy cordes, thank you. the top u.s. military commander for the middle east made a secret visit to syria over the weekend. army general joseph votel met with rebels and kurds fighting the assad regime and isis. today isis unleashed a series of bomb blasts along syria's mediterranean coast. more than 120 people were killed. elizabeth palmer reports isis hoped to rattle the dictator. >> reporter: no one caught up in today's deadly bombings believes this could happen in rutba. it's the heartland of the regime, home to bashar al assad's family and to two russian military bases. until today it was the most
secure part of the country, so much so that during our last visit, we found syrians on the beach taking a break from the war. but today's carnage sends a message to syrians from isis: it's on the offensive, and now nowhere is safe. but recent isis bombings, like the one that ripped through baghdad two weeks ago, may actually show that the group is on the defensive. just last week it was chased out of rutba near the iraqi border, and overall its territory has been shrinking for months. [gunfire] now isis may be about the lose fallujah, which it's controlled for more than two years. on national television, iraqi prime minister haider al abadi told the country, "the army is determined to win." for months iraqi forces have been training with u.s. advisers, and today 20,000 soldiers, counter-terrorism troops and police began their
offensive. if history is anything to go by, the battle for fallujah with heavy losses on both sides could last for weeks. and in the past two days, for the very first time, an isis spokesman admitted the group could lose its main strongholds but warned it would carry on operating as a violent insurgency, which probably means we'll see more bombings like the ones we saw today. norah? >> elizabeth palmer, thank you. >> o'donnell: terrorism is still suspected in the crash of egyptair flight 804, though equip failure has not been ruled out. all 66 on board were killed when the a320 crashed in the mediterranean last week on a flight from paris to cairo. debris and body parts have been recovered. france is sending a ship equipped with sonar to locate the plane's flight recorders, which may help solve the mystery. during an historic visit to hanoi today, president obama lifted the arms embargo on vietnam, calling it a vestige of the cold war.
the u.s. and communist vietnam share concern about china's military buildup in the south china sea. here in the u.s., the epidemic of addiction to opioids including heroin and prescription painkillers is taking more than 80 lives a day. we're following one man's battle to get free of the heroin that has torn his family apart. tonight correspondent demarco morgan and producer jonathan blakely continue our special series in the shadow of death, jason's journey. >> i'll never give up on him, never ever. >> no matter what? >> no matter what. >> reporter: 59-year-old beth eagan is the closest living family member to her two nephews, jason and andrew amaral. both are heroin addicts. >> they're absolutely like my sons. i can't and i don't want to lose them. everybody else in the family loves them, of course, but they keep saying, you know, you got to walk away, beth, but i can't.
>> reporter: andy beth, as they call her, has been looking out for the boys ever since her sister, their mother, died of cancer when jason was 11. eagan was first person jason called for money the day he allowed cbs cameras to follow him as he looked for drugs on the streets of boston. >> can you send me $30? believe me, this is the last time i'm doing this to you. >> reporter: he used his money from aunt b beth to buy pills and later heroin, which we saw him inject several times. was it hard to watch? >> absolutely. >> stop. >> reporter: so knowing that jason has overdosed eight times... >> i've been there for one of them. >> reporter: eight times. you've seen one? >> uh-huh. >> reporter: what was that like? >> it was not nice at all. i actually screamed... i got removed from the hospital.
but i screamed at him, who do you want to be buried next to, mom or dad? >> reporter: jason's life wasn't always like that. until her death, beth's sister raised her children at home. jason made the mistake of trying the opiate pill oxycontin and good hooked. a few years into his addiction, jason's father died of liver failure. by then jason had been caught stealing and went to say good-bye, escorted by police. >> i went to his wake in shackles and handcuffs and like a jumpsuit and my aunt was there with me. >> he sat there for hours in the prison saying, i did that to dad, i did that to dad. of course he didn't, you know... >> reporter: but he blamed himself? >> he thinks he did stuff that probably added to his dad's death. >> reporter: do you think your father had a broken heart? >> absolutely. like he didn't want to face the fact that both his sons were heroin addicts. i think he gave up a little bit,
you know? >> reporter: jason's brother andrew is also walking in the shadow of death. he and jason remain very close, each hoping the other lives to beat their common addiction. andrew now has a young son. he and jason are fighting to live for him. >> i don't want him not to have a father. if i keep getting high, i can't [bleeped] see him, you know? >> reporter: andrew is now homeless, an addict that's had trouble commiting to detox. >> it's taken everything from me. >> reporter: but jason is now in rehab, working hard the stay clean. he wants to show his brother they can do it. >> i'm never going to overdose. my brother isn't going to overdose. he's going to survive. we're going to do it this time. >> i have to lead by the power of example. i can't tell him to stay clean. >> reporter: you don't want the call, your brother is dead. >> no, absolutely not. that's the call i'm dreading,
honestly. i hope that never happens. i get on my knees in the morning. i get on the knees at night. that's something i change. i'd be dead if he wasn't. >> reporter: jason has now made it through eight weeks of rehab. he was able to get a scholarship for discovery centers of america, but for most people addicted to heroin, finding help is not so easy. norah in our next report, we'll explore ways to find assistance for people or their loved ones. >> o'donnell: incredible story. we posted more about jason's journey and places to find help for addiction. those are all on our web site at cbsnews.com. twitter erupted today over remarks the v.a.'s secretary made about health care wait times. and five climbers die in the and five climbers die in the thin air of mt. everest when the "cbs evening news" continues. that at only 45, it would give me a heart attack. my tip is,
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>> o'donnell: today the man recruited by president obama to fix the department of veterans affairs compared wait times at v.a. hospitals to long lines at disney's theme park. julianna goldman reports it wasn't long before he took incoming. >> when you go to disney, do they measure the number of hours you wait in line or the number... what's important? what's important is what is your satisfaction with the experience. >> reporter: the comments from secretary bob mcdonald prompted abimmediate outcry from leading republicans. house speaker paul ryan tweeted, "this is not make-believe, mr. secretary. veterans have died waiting in those lines," and donald trump tweeted, "i will take care of our vets. mcdonald was brought on by president obama in 2014 to fix the wait time, but those problems continue. an inspector general's report from february put to at one outpatient chin nichol come springs, colorado, out of 450 cases, 288 veterans waited over 30 days for a consult or
appointment. investigations are ongoing, norah. in a statement the v.a. said it's working hard to increase access to care and it's focusing on patients with the most urgent health care needs first. >> o'donnell: julianna, thank you so much. it was a deadly weekend on mt. everest. that story when we come back.
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>> o'donnell: climbing mt. everest is one of the greatest challenges known to man, but certainly among the most perilous. don dahler reports in the past three days at least six people have died on the world's tallest mountain. >> death on everest comes in many forms. from violence to silence. avalanches to heart-stopping cold. last thursday a 25-year-old nepalese guide fell to his death. since friday, a dutch climber, an australian woman and an indian man are suspected to have succumbed to altitude sickness, death by drowning on a mountain
29,000 feet above sea level. >> when it gets really bad, you get water pooling in your lungs, water pooling in your brain, and it can be fatal in a day or sew when it strikes at a very serious level. >> jim davidson knows everest's dangers well. he was there last year when an earthquake and avalanche killed 19 people. >> things have improved over the years, but we'll never get the risk down to zero, because it's a dangerous game, and a lot of things can go wrong at high altitudes. >> at sea level, oxygen makes up 21% of air. at higher altitude, aides 21%, as well. in thin air, there are fewer oxygen molecules per breath. at 18,000 feet, one breath of air has half the amount of oxygen than at sea level. >> so close. >> reporter: two experts american climbers, adrian ballinger and cory richards, expected to summit today russia using live snapchats to show the world the extremes climbers endures. since tenzing norgay and edmund hillary conquered evers, 4,000 climb verse managed to do the
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school in one of baltimore's toughest neighborhoods, about 100 kids pack into this small room simply to have fun. >> are you eating or are you playing, because you can't do both? >> reporter: erica is the founder of the kids' safe zone. she opened the center one week after the rye yachting that followed the death of freddie gray. while fire engulfed parts of the city, erica was already thinking about a response to the violence. >> the whole world got to see our children standing face to face with officers and throwing rocks and they didn't have another outlet. we've created an outlet. >> reporter: baltimore's streets are among the most dangerous in america. last year there were more than 300 murders. here giant fingerprints are spray painted on sidewalks showing the safest route to school. seven-year-old eric harrison comes to the kids' safe zone every day. >> when i go home, stuff starts
to hit me. >> when they go out that door, what do they face in >> an obstacle course of not buying or selling drugs. drugs are being sold on every corner. >> reporter: allston's pleas for help are being answered. the program has moved into a bigger building thanks to public and private donations. when you see the kids playing games in there, they're having fun, but what are they learning? >> they're learning that they matter. they're learning that someone cares. we care. >> reporter: it is a lesson that may seem elementary to most, but not here. jeff pegues, cbs news, baltimore. >> o'donnell: well done. that's the "cbs evening news." for scott pelley, i'm norah o'donnell. i'll see you first thing tomorrow on cbs this morning. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
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