tv CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley CBS December 7, 2015 6:30pm-7:00pm EST
>> pelley: the front-runner for the republican presidential nomination calls for a ban on all muslims entering the united states. also tonight, the san bernardino killers practiced at a shooting range. survivors tell their stories. >> i kept thinking, why doesn't he stop? why won't he stop? >> pelley: the justice department investigates the chicago p.d.'s use of force against minorities. and a queen praises a king and brings the president to tears. captioning sponsored by cbs
with scott pelley. >> pelley: this time it was donald trump, the leading republican candidate to be next president, issued a policy statement calling on the united states to close its doors to all muslims entering the country. one of the san bernardino killers was here on a visa. the white house was quick to call trump's idea contrary to america's values and security. republican rival jeb bush said trump had simply become "unhinged." here's major garrett. >> reporter: in a statement donald trump called for the total and complete shut down of muslim immigration to america. he added, "our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in jihad." trump said the ban should last until u.s. officials "figure out what's going on." last night president obama urged the nation not to discriminate
>> if we're to succeed in defeating terrorists, we must enlist the muslim community as some of our strongest allies rather than push them away through suspicion and hate. that does not mean denying the fact that an extremist ideology communities. there's a real problem that muslims must confront without excuse. >> reporter: trump's republican opponents uniformly condemned his proposal. ben carson said everyone entering the country should register and be monitored but, "i would not advocate being selective on one's religion." john kasich said trump's idea was "more of the outrageous divisiveness that characterizes his every breath." democratic presidential candidates issued withering criticism of trump. hillary clinton called the comments reprehensible and prejudice and said this "makes us less safe." scott, martin o'malley said trump is campaigning as a fascist demagog. >> pelley: major garrett for
major, thank you. well, muslim-americans are already feeling the divide in their communities here at home, and omar villafranca is looking into this. >> reporter: in the wake of the attacks in paris and san bernardino, muslims around the u.s. say the rhetoric against them has become increasingly incendiary. a few weeks ago armed protesters picketed a nearby mosque in irving. in virginia tempers erupted at a meeting over building a morque. >> every one of you are terrorists. i don't care what you say. >> reporter: last night in philadelphia, a severed pig's head was found outside a mosque, and voice messages like this one left on the answering machine of the council of the american islamic relations. >> you're not welcome here. i hope you get sprayed with pig's blood. >> reporter: not far away in fort worth, an american-born muslim says the backlash has gotten worse. >> i was in the car with my nine-month-old daughter and a
flag me down from her vehicle, and she rolls down her window, and she starts using derogatory language, and she spit from her vehicle to my vehicle. >> reporter: some area imams have even started advising local muslim women in covering their heads in a different way. >> i don't have a problem with i wouldn't do it. this is who i am. >> reporter: the group has received more reports about active islamic intimidation, threats and violence targeting american muslims in the past week and a half during any other limited period of time since the 9/11 terror attacks. omar suleiman is a muslim scholar in texas. >> as an american and as a muslim and as a human being, we are forced to both grieve and worry at the same time. we had muslim victims in this recent shooting. you always have muslim victims,
victims, as human beings we grieve. >> reporter: there is another armed protest saturday at a mosque outside of richardson, and, scott, they're expecting a the heavy police presence there. >> pelley: omar villafranca in texas tonight. omar, thank you. well, a new photo of the san bernardino killers surfaced today. tashfeen malik there on the left, the pakistani woman, and her husband, syed farook, who was born in illinois, had their picture taken last july at chicago's o'hare airport. we learned more today about their preparations for the attack last week and here's carter evans. >> reporter: two days before syed rizwan farook and his wife tashfeen malik killed 14 people in san bernardino, farook signed in here at the riverside magnum range for target practice with his ar-15. mike mcgee said farook approached him. was there anything about him that stuck out? >> not even close. >> reporter: he did ask you a question, though. his gun was smoking. what does that tell you about
>> well, the experience with the rifle tells me it was a new rifle. he was not familiar. >> reporter: when you saw his picture, did you recognize him? >> i did recognize him as somebody who had been here in the past. >> reporter: firearms instructdor john gallette said farook had been to the range at least twice. >> it's devastating to people, to know that this is where he might have prepared for those last days. >> reporter: federal investigators say the assault rifles used in the attack were purchased by enrique maranatha, marquez. neighbors say the pair were good friends. agents raid the marquez home over the past two days. they cut through the door with a blow torch to search for evidence. marquez checked into a mental health facility hours after the shooting. he has not been arrested and today is talking to investigators. so far federal agents have conducted more than 400 interviews, and they're still
john bowdich is with the f.b.i. we have learned and believe that both subjects were radicalized and had been very quite some time. now, how did that happen? the question we're trying to get at. >> reporter: investigators know farook met his wife in saudi arabia where she moved from pakistan. she was educated as a pharmacist. chaz harrington was one of farook's coworkers. >> i asked him about his why. he was very secretive about his wife. he didn't want to reveal much about his wife. >> reporter: he says farook talked about wanting to leave the country for good. >> reporter: he didn't want to be in the country because he said his taxes was helping support the war on islam, the war on muslims. >> reporter: farook's father, who is still in the san bernardino area, told cbs news his son was deeply religious. scott, the f.b.i. served a search warrant on the gun range hours after the massacre, and we're told they confiscated the
>> pelley: carter evans for us tonight. carter, thank you. well, tonight six of the 21 people wounded last wednesday remain in the hospital, two of them are in critical condition. today john blackstone talked to survivors. >> reporter: when the shooting began in san bernardino, trudy raymundo was standing near the door as one of the shooters burst through. >> he came walking in and started firing and started walking toward the middle of the room where all the staff are sitting just firing. >> reporter: corwin porter was hiding under the table as the husband and wife assassins kept firing. >> you could see him targeting individuals. >> i could see the muzzle facing down where individuals would be. >> it was incredibly surreal, and as it goes on, the desperation kicks in and i kept hoping it was an exercise, right, it's an exercise, because this can't actually be happening. >> reporter: and it seemed to go on and on.
like forever. >> it never would end. >> i kept thinking, why doesn't he stop? why won't he stop? >> reporter: when swat teams descended to provide urgent medical care, dr. michael neeki was with them. he's an immigrant from iran. what is it like the see this happen? >> terrible. terrible. and then you feel that you're coming thousands and thousands of miles away from that to get away from that. >> reporter: today county officials held a news conference to talk about how san bernardino moves forward. raymundo is the director of public health. >> i ask that you come together and hold each other strong, because it is the strength that will help us heal. and i want you to every day be grateful for those of us that were spared and those that are still with us today.
killed worked for the country's environmental health service, which will remain closed this week. other government departments reopened today, scott, but under heightened security. >> pelley: john blackstone with the key interviews tonight. john, thank you. well, maybe it was an attempt to appear proactive, but today there was an odd announcement from the department department of homeland security about its terror alert system. you may have forgotten that there is a terror alert system because it's never been used in its current form. today dhs announced that the system will change, but it didn't say how. jeff pegues tried to cut through the muddle. >> >> i'll be announcing soon hopefully what our new system is that i think reflex the current environment and the current realities. >> reporter: secretary of homeland security jeh johnson said the current system is flawed. the original color-coded warnings, developed after 9/11, were criticized for sending out too many alerts.
sent out an alert because it requires an imminent threat. the modification will lower the threshold for warning the american public. it is an acknowledgment of the changing nature of the threat, something president obama highlighted last night. >> as we've become better at preventing complex, mull hi-facetted attacks like 9/11, terrorists turn to less-comply kateed acts of violence like the mass shootings all too common in our society. >> reporter: the san bernardino shooters were not under surveillance before the massacre despite having contact online with some known extremists. frank cillufo is the head of george washington university's homeland security program. he says public awareness may be more important to law enforcement than traditional surveillance. >> you know, at the end of the day it's going to be a mixture of community engagement. >> see something, say something. >> see something, say something, but also families, friends, the people who normally know about
a peer group. so we need to find ways to be able to pierce that. >> reporter: scott, a recent congressional report warned that americans are being radicalized by violent extremists at a rate that is straining law enforcement's ability to stop suspects before it's too late. >> pelley: jeff pegues in our washington newsroom. jeff, thanks. in a related story, there was a rare victory today for supporters of tougher gun laws. the united states supreme court let stand a local law in illinois that bans semi-automatic weapons and large-capacity magazines. jan crawford is following this. >> reporter: the justices gave no reason for why they turned down the challenge to the ban on assault weapons in an illinois town. but in dissengts, justin clarence thomas, joined by justice antonin scalia, said lower-court rulings upholding the bands were relegating the settlement to a second class right.
down a handgun ban in the district of columbia, ruling that the settlement protects a person's right the bear arms for self-defense in the home. but in the years since, lower federal courts have narrowly applied the landmark decision, allowing what they consider reasonable gun restrictions, bans on large-capacity semi-automatic firearms, like the commonly owned ar-15. seven states and d.c. have laws banning possession of those weapons. the city of highland park passed its ban in 2013. mayor nancy rotering was due in part to the shooting at sandy hook elementary school. >> it's well past time to take action to reduce the gun violence that threatens our community's safety, our nation's safety and inflicts fear and pain on countless families and communities. >> reporter: but gun rights supporters say the bans cover guns lawfully used by millions of americans for self-defense and for sport.
today's order is unlikely to encourage sweeping change. 39 states where such agains are legal have laws blocking cities from passing local restrictions. now, there typically has to be a conflict in the lower court before the justices will step in, and so far, scott, all those lower courts are in agreement to uphold these bans. >> pelley: jan crawford of the supreme court. jan, thank you. there's new video of another police shooting in chicago, but this time no charges. and a former president teaches sunday school when the "cbs evening news" continues. wait, did you just have that on your phone? it's time to mix it up. do it, dad! yeah, do it! there are thousands of ways into the complex health care system. it was frozen. daddy's hand looks funny. and choosing unitedhealthcare can help make it simpler by when your claim has been processed.
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>> reporter: in a show of transparency unusual for chicago, prosecutors released new dash cam video to show why they did not file charges against the officers involved in the fatal shooting. it showed a 25-year-old suspect flees police after a struggle carrying what they said was handgun that. video's release came days after tape of the more know or the yowtion shooting of 17-year-old laquan mcdonald galvanized the city in protest and hours after the justice department announced its enquiry, something mayor rahm emanuel welcomes. >> its in our self-interest as a city for them to be here. we not only accept it, we need it. >> reporter: critics like andy shaw of the better government overdue. >> we've spend $500 million handling excessive force cases the justice department could have come here 25 years ago. >> reporter: john escalante is the interim police superintendent. is the culture of the chicago police department problematic?
one thing we're looking at right now is why are some officers slipping through the cracks. >> reporter: he need look no further than a series of action reports from officers on the scene the night mcdonald was killed. all of them supported the shooter, officer jason van dyke, and all were at odds with the video from their own cruisers. they all claim mcdonald was a homicidal threat that night, swinging his knife with a three-inch blade in an aggressive, exaggerated manner that put van dyke's life in danger. officer van van dyke is already the subject of a long-running federal investigation, scott, which is also looking into allegations of a cover-up by other officers on the scene that night. >> pelley: dean reynolds in chicago. thanks, dean. an we'll be right back. song: "that's life"
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he's now free of cancer. here's michelle miller. >> reporter: the crowd gathers in front of marantha baptist church at dawn, five hours before the lessons begin. >> we thank you so much for coming. >> reporter: to see the man teaching sunday school. >> good morning. >> all right. i see you're wide awake. [laughter] >> reporter: in plains, georgia, president jimmy carter has taught in his hometown church for nearly 35 years. jan williams has worked with him the whole time. >> mr. jimmy is one of the kindest southern gentlemen who speaks what he thinks, stands up for what he believes in, never been ashamed to say he was a christian. >> love without getting credit for being a loving person, even loving your enemies. >> reporter: he seems rejuvenated by this crowd of people. would you agree with me? >> i don't think once you're a
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>> you're my icon, my living legend, and what matters most, my friend. rita, this is my love letter to you. >> pelley: steven spielberg gave rave reviews to fellow filmmaker george lucas. >> he's a path finder and a pioneer. george lucas' "star wars" changed movies absolutely forever. >> pelley: but the highlight of the night came when aretha franklin sang the praises and music of carole king. you make me feel like a natural woman and you can see the kennedy center honors broadcast tuesday night, december 29th, right here on cbs. and that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight.