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on this saturday night, deadly coup attempt. nearly 200 killed. thousands arrested in turkey after members of the military try to seize power. tonight the u.s. with urgent calls for calm inside this critical ally. the ticket. donald trump officially introducing indiana governor mike pence as his vice president pick. will joining forces unite a divided party? was he radicalized? new details tonight about the truck driver who committed mass murder in france as his father speaks out for the first time about his son's troubled past. and an officer's best friend. dogs once abandoned in shelters given a second chance to help police in the line of duty.
"nbc nightly news" begins now. >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" reporting tonight from washington, peter alexander. good evening. tonight the chaos has finally simmered down in turkey, but there are growing concerns about the stability in the country. turkey's government beating back a violent coup attempt, reestablishing control, but not before nearly 200 people were killed and thousands of military personnel there detained. the you recollectish prime minister calling the failed uprising a stain on the history of democracy. it's a situation the white house is watching closely. we begin tonight with our chief foreign correspondent richard engel. he is on the ground in istanbul. >> reporter: good evening, peter. supporters of president erdogan have poured into the streets. i saw erdogan
supporters standing on top of tanks cheering for their president. the turkish government said it survived a treasonness and disgraceful attempted coup by a faction in the military. and today supporters of president tayyip erdogan were celebrating victory. after a night of battles between rebellious soldiers and government loyalists in which at least 160 people were killed and more than 1,000 injured, the crackdown is now under way. more than 2800 soldiers and officers, alleged conspirators, have already been arrested. they are now equaling for the death sentence to be reinstated to punish some of them and the extradition of a cleric, fethullah gulen, based out of the u.s. that erdogan has called the head of terror. either deport gulen or give him to us.
from pennsylvania, the cleric said it's possible that erdogan staged the coup to tighten his grip on power. the faa banned all flights from and to turkey, leaving american passengers like kristin carter and her family in ohio stuck at the airport. >> we saw people screaming and crying, so we went to the bathroom to hide the children to keep them -- we didn't know what was going on. >> reporter: as night fell 24 hours later, the attempted coup appears to have been somewhat haphazard. they occupied buildings and pro-government television stations, but failed to hold them. a u.s. official told nbc news they didn't have much air power or many heavy weapons. when president erdogan, who had been in southern turkey,
managed to return to istanbul the coup was effectively over. secretary kerry spoke to the turkish foreign minister tonight. however, kerry said it's unhelpful for any turkish officials to suggest that washington was somehow involved in the coup. >> richard engel in istanbul for us tonight. this morning president obama spoke with his national security advisers about the crisis in turkey after urging support for the democratically elected government there. >> reporter: while there's relief here at the white house that the attempted coup failed, there are still serious concern over turkey's immediate future and what that could mean for its military relationship with the u.s. following president obama's consultation with his national security team, the white house released a statement in which the president sounded concerned over the
future of turkey's cooperation in the war against isis. president obama erdogan has been a reluctant ally in the war effort from the very start, and it's not clear whether this coup attempt could shake his resolve. as of tonight, u.s. war planes remain grounded at turkey's air base upon the orders of erdogan's government, peter. now to american politics. donald trump making it official for the first time taking the stage with his running mate, indiana governor mike pence. the two together today in new york punctuating a chaotic vp roll out. >> reporter: in their debut together, donald trump made it clear who is in charge of the ticket and it is not his running mate. speaking for nearly half an hour before introducing pence,
trump bashed hillary clinton. >> hillary clinton is the embodiment of corruption. she's a corrupt person. >> reporter: and dwelt on himself. >> i earned the right to have the building on old pennsylvania avenue. >> reporter: when he did officially unveil pence, he explained away his initial endorsement of ted cruz. >> it was the single greatest nonendorsement i've ever had in my life. >> reporter: trump's announcement was unusual. by contrast, john mccain and mitt romney rounded out their ticket amidst thousands of supporters. >> we asked if we could come. >> reporter: trump didn't even stay as pence took the podium. >> donald trump understands the frustrations and the hopes of the american
people like no leader since ronald reagan. hillary clinton must never become president of the united states of america. >> i think there was an incongruity today to the coordination between the two speeches. donald trump gave his typical stump speech and mike pence got up and introduced himself without particularly being well credentialed by donald trump. >> reporter: notably absent for the rollout, melania trump, who spent the day in new jersey. the clinton campaign wasted no time taking aim at pence calling him the most extreme pick in a generation, criticizing his position on abortion rights and his opposition to same-sex marriage. quickly a programming note here. chuck todd will have much more on the republican party ticket tomorrow morning on "meet the
press." new details about the truck driver in this week's deadly attack in france. we are in nice tonight. >> reporter: in the neighborhood where mohamed bouhlel lived, police detained three people for questioning, reportedly friends of the mass murderer. today the french interior minister said bouhlel wasn't on any jihadi list, but seemed to be radicalized very quickly. a close friend of his estranged wife said it didn't add up. >> translator: he wasn't a true muslim, the friend said. he drank. he didn't pray. >> reporter: in bouhlel's hometown in tunisia, the father described his son as always depressed, always alone, and violent. >> translator: he would become angry. he'd yell. he's break everything, his father said. >> reporter: 84 people
died when the truck he was driving plowed down nice's front promenade on thursday. more than 200 injured. tonight, family members are still looking for their loved ones, their pictures posted at the hospital and online. for some heartbreak, learning their sons and daughters are among the dead. the father of 4-year-old killian found him today. the little boy died with his mother. his body was still at the hospital. pain for those who escaped uninjured as well. >> you close your eyes swimming in the water or trying to go to sleep, and all you can imagine is that scene again. >> reporter: he was having dinner with his grandfather at a waterside restaurant when he heard gunfire. >> all the glasses were broken and a lot of tables were covered
in blood. >> reporter: he, like so many, questions why it had to happen and if more could have been done to stop it. more than 20 people are still fighting for their lives tonight, including 5 children in critical condition. the youngest victim just six months old. peter? >> such a terrible story. kelly in nice tonight. tonight we're learning more about the victims and those still missing after that deadly attack, including an american father and his son, a family on vacation, and a student studying abroad. >> reporter: a community filled with ribbons in honor of a father and son. >> sean adored brodie and vice versa. >> reporter: he spent weekends on the baseball field and off with sean copeland and his 11-year-old son brodie. >> brodie was a kid that every parent hopes for as a kid. >> reporter: brodie
was one of ten children killed in the attack along the french riviera. sean copeland also dead. among the americans injured, three students from university of california berkley. 21-year-old darrius medora still hospitalized with a broken leg, 23-year-old, and 20-year-old diane wong were treated and released. nicholas leslie is still missing. >> basically, we lost our friend. >> reporter: the 20-year-old was part of a study abroad program. he posted daily videos of his time in nice. >> for me, the biggest or interesting thing about nice is the diverse mix of cultures. >> reporter: in san diego, neighbors offered his family support. >> it breaks my heart. this is just frightening that this may have happened. >> reporter: nicholas' father conrad now headed to nice for answers and to find
his son. tam in the wake of that attack and others, law enforcement officials in cleveland are preparing for the possibility that protests turn violent at the republican national convention that begins monday. jacob rascon is there with more on their last-minute measures. >> reporter: a taste of what's to come. the first of many expected protests, this one sponsored by the new black panther party. two days ahead of the rnc convention in downtown cleveland is all but locked down. inside what's called the secure zone, the final layers of fencing are going up. to get past this point during the convention, you'll need a credential from the secret service and a pass through a metal detecter. the deputy chief says major attacks like those in france and dallas prompted last-minute enhan
enhancements to the security plan. >> it's been a challenge. what's happened across the country in the last 12 months, all during this planning process we just keep changing our plan, enhancing our plan. >> reporter: 123 departments have been granted permission to demonstrate at the event at four locations and along one parade route. this city is preparing for the worst. 73 law enforcement agencies, 5,000 officers from around the country, including hundreds from california and pennsylvania sworn in today. deployed on horseback, motorcycle, and bikes, and for those who call cleveland home, keeping the city safe is personal. >> i've been on the job now for 18 years, so this is what i really love to do, protecting and serving the citizens here of cleveland. it's what i'm here to do. >> reporter: among the final security preps put in place are these
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them, that is going to speak to their needs, their issues. >> reporter: the reverend preaches in the heart of this democratic stronghold. have you ever met a donald trump supporter that's come into your church or this neighborhood? >> no. >> reporter: not one? >> not one ever. >> reporter: at wayne whittmore's barbecue, customers have their own theories about why republicans got shut out around here in the primary. >> he's going to be their president. it's going to be much harder for them. >> reporter: who will you vote for? >> hillary. >> reporter: hillary clinton? you look at me like i'm crazy. what makes hillary the right material? >> because she's already been in politics. >> she might not be the right one, but she's the best one we've got going now. >> reporter: donald trump might need these voters to win the
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hope in the wake of heartbreak. along the french riviera this weekend still stunned by that deadly terror attack, it's small acts of kindness that are slowly helping a community heal. >> reporter: they have sprung up everywhere on patches of asphalt still stained by blood, wrapped around lamp posts, and in the very center of the promenade des anglais. this is where an international crowd has come to collectively cry. >> can't help but be moved by what you see here. >> reporter: it was an assault on vacation and family celebration. a night that revealed the worst in one brought out the best in so many others. >> so many people help
other people. >> reporter: yes. is that what you'll remember? >> i will try to remember that. >> reporter: she works in her family's beach front restaurant 100 yards away. susan is housing loved ones of the victims from several countries all without charge. >> translator: she tells me i am from nice and i have nothing else to give but that. >> reporter: from the london eye to the tel aviv city hall, a show of solidarity. and here in nice a show of strength from people like san francisco native eric. you're an american hero. are you going to go to a venue again? >> yeah. can't let them win. you can't let the terrorists win. >> reporter: with that sentiment in mind, visitors ventured back out today to pristine beaches under crystal clear skies back to the business of
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