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welcome to "world news." tonight moment of crisis in ferguson, missouri. the national guard arrives after another night of violence. a new autopsy report shows multiple wounds after a policeman shot an unarmed teenager, michael brown. double threat. our reporter therement battling control of the dam that could release a 65 foot wave of water. to the rescue. a woman and baby girl trapped in a burning car. what one truck driver did to save them while others passed by. good evening. it's good to be back with you on this monday night as we start with the fast moving news out of
ferguson missouri. right now the national guard has been deployed. a grand jury may start hearing evidence within 48 hours about the moment a police officer killed a young man named michael brown. the late ets developments starting with steve osunsami who has been there every night for us and has the latest at this moment. >> reporter: let's never forget that at the heart of the unrest in ferguson, missouri is what happened between these two people. a young white police officer recognized for his excellent service and a young black man about to start college. tonight the militaryized police state that seems so unamerican to so many is returning to this city. the missouri national guard rolling in today. today president obama saying he hopes the troops don't make things worse. >> i'll be watching to assess whether in fact it's helping rather than hindering progress in ferguson.
>> reporter: this after flash grenades and the smell of tear gas and sounds of screams filling the night air again. >> multiple, molotov cocktails thrown at police. police deployed tear gas in attempt to disperse the crowd. it stopped the violent action. >> reporter: the black state police captain from this city and in charge of protecting it beyond frustrating. he told families he wasn't the enemy. >> when this is over, i'm going to go in my son's room, my black s son. >> reporter: he and the police force have arrested more than 50 people. police say are young and outside the city and not a part of the peaceful protest during the day. most of the drama unfolding on a few city blocks near police headquarters. >> he executed a young black man. >> reporter: results from the
separate autopsies are coming in. >> very preliminary autopsy is at least six, at least six shots. could be more. but at least six. >> reporter: the private medical examiner for the family says brown was shot as he was facing the officer but not clear if he was charging forward or giving up. >> the muzle of the gun was at least two feet away. at the time of discharge. it could be 30 feet away. the same thing. >> reporter: four were to his arm but he was killed by the bullet that struck the top of his head. the governor has lifted the curfew. families are bracing for the worst tonight. schools which were supposed to start a week ago are delayed because of the unrest and a flight restriction remains in place over the entire city because of gunshots fired in the air. >> i want to go back the to news about that one autopsy showing six shots. six shots? >> reporter: yes. six shots. the lawyers for the family say
that that's enough for charges here. they say that this young man s was -- the only way that could have happened is if he was on the ground surrendering. >> thank you very much. steve osunsami reporting in for us. speaking of the family that brings us earlier today when michael brown's mother spoke to "good morning america" about justice, the police officer and at it will take to restore peace in an american city. >> i know you and the family have distanced yourself from the violence because you know it takes away from the focus of the investigation being on your son and what happened. how can peace be restored, ma'am? >> justice. >> and what is justice to you? >> being fair.
arresting this man and making him accountable for his actions. >> and what about accountability and motive? exactly what did happen on that day in ferguson? abc's alex perez takes us through what we know and the big questions at which the whole case can turn. >> reporter: tonight we are learning a grand jury could hear evidence as soon as wednesday on what exactly happened in that moment when michael brown and officer darren wilson came face to face. so much about that night still murky. what's not in dispute was that brown was walk income a street with a friend heading to his grandmother's house, when wilson pulled up in his squad car. what happened next will be key. according to the police brown approached the car and got rough. >> it is our understanding that within the police car there was a struggle over the officer's
weapon. >> police say he had bruises on his face. >> when he pulled up, he said get the f on the sidewalk. >> he was kind of like trying to push away from the cop and the cop was trying to pull him in. >> reporter: while no one disputes the first shot was fired while wilson was in the car, it's unclear what happened when the officer got out of the vehicle. some witnesses say brown was trying to get away. >> he was running. and he turned around and put hits arms up after he had gotten shot repeatedly. >> if michael brown was running away as opposed to confronting the officer, that makes a huge difference? >> it certainly does. it would be hard to see a justification if some of the witnesses said had his hands up and was trying to surrender. >> reporter: officer wilson remains in hiding and the grand jury is expected to decide soon whether the officers could have to defend his actions in a court room.
now we move on to another big store in the news. iraq the fierce militants in control of 1/3 of that country and trying to win the battle to what's been called the most dangerous dam in the world. terry moran made his way toward that dam and has that report tonight. >> reporter: we went to the battlefield today, travelling a road that just two days ago was under isis control. so this was the isis frontline right here? not anymore. today was a rare day of defeat for isis. kurdish and iraqi ground troops appear to have wrested control of the huge and strategically crucial mosul dam from isis fighters who captured it just days ago. the kurdish commander, general karim fattah, telling us his brave but lightly armed troops could not have advanced without american air power. we saw the fallout first hand. this was an isis vehicle destroyed in one of those airstrikes a day before yesterday, one of those airstrikes that helped kurdish
forces push isis forces away from these villages, away from these roads, away from the mosul dam. the biggest fear about the dam, isis might weaponize it, breaching it to cause a catastrophic flood, which the u.s. estimates could send a 65-foot high wall of water through mosul in a few hours and flood baghdad within days. up to 500,000 could be killed. that is the dam out there, that low ground? >> general fattah surveyed the field with us, smoke from airstrikes risinin the distance. and on the ground, a deadly threat left behind. the general showed us these holes along the roadside where isis planted ieds. what is this? homemade chemical explosives. so tonight a welcome victory over isis, but a long struggle still ahead. terry moran, abc news, near the mosul dam in badriyah, iraq. now we have an update on the deadly ebola outbreak. over the weekend in africa a
health care facility came under attack sending patients with ebola scrambling. here at home, an emotional reunion for the american missionary battling ebola in a georgia hospital. nancy writebol was reunited with her husband. himself being under a quarantine as a precautions. the couple placed their hands on the isolation glass and prayed together. both of them moved to tears. nancy said to be getting stronger every day. a familiar name back in the headlines tonight. the man behind the avalanche of leaks from government documents. for more than two years he has been in hiding living in london avoiding extradition. but today after a life rarely in the sun he indicated he may soon be ready to leave, a move that could mean arrest for assange, stay tuned. back here at home to texas
and the kind of high noon for governor rick perry facing indictment. abc's jim avila gives us perspective on the showdown tonight. >> reporter: this jailhouse video of a drunk austin, texas district attorney is the cornerstone of the rick perry defense against felony charges he abused his power and tried to coerce the da to re-sign. but cut the budget by $7.5 million. she was convicted in jail for a month. but despite the embarrassment dui is a misdemeanor allowing her to stay in office. perry's defense team played the tape again for reporters today and on radio this afternoon the govern vowed to expose what he calls a political farce despite the fact that both the judge and the prosecutor himself are bush
appointed republicans. >> i intend to fight with everything i have and win this thing. >> reporter: governor perry will be arraigned august 29th and surrender here at the count jail. he said he was just doing his job when he vetoed the state money in investigations into public corruption. in his long career as governor who other state officials neither in charge of the corruption unit were arrested for dui without a peep from perry. >> he said nothing. why this time? >> i'm here to defend the governor and to lead the defense team. >> reporter: critics say governor perry had another moti motive. wanted to silence the da because she was leading into misproep yags of funds. >> the integrity unit at that time was investigation krohnism in the research program.
>> reporter: it was that threat that went beyond the line of hard ball politics and venturing into illegal behavior. a new america 401(k) got a shot of adrenalin today. the dow shooting up 175 points. nasdaq hitting a 14 year high thanks in part to new hope of conflict in ukraine could be easing. and we move to a really startling robbery near paris. sounding like something out of a movie. the prince and his motorcade ambushed by gunmen who made off with $300,000 and some in cash. abc takes us into the heist. >> reporter: notorious for their opulance, expensive cars, fancy yachts and palatal residences, the saudi princes are now targeted. the prince was driving in a
convoy leaving a luxury hotel in paris. that's when a gang of thieves in two bmws armed with kalashnikovs flashed their guns and forced the convoy to stop. they grab a car carrying money, taking more than $300,000 in cash as well as sensitive embassy documents. then driving off with it. for people who travel in cars like these, carrying that much money isn't so crazy. one diplomatic source telling me the princes pay for just about everything, even their staff's in cash. >> reporter: later on, police found the burned-out remains of the car but no one was hurt. for now, they are not saying which prince wad targeted or what leads they have, only that they suspect it was the work of professionals and perhaps an inside job. abc news, london. and up next tonight, to the rescues, a car on the highway ungulfed in flames. how one truck driver saved a woman and child while others
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. finally tonight a week ago, of course, all of us learned about the death of robin williams. tonight we have a newly released tape proving that he was the kind of man who tried to keep the music playing for others no matter the suffering in his own heart. here's abc's lindsey davis. >> reporter: in the movie patch adam his character used humor to treat patients. for robin williams it was more than just a role. it was a way of life. it was publicized that he gave his time and talent to serve men
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