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we will see you tonight. >> pelley: a russian warplane is shot down after it strays into turkey. >> turkey, like every country, has a right to defend the territory and its airspace. >> pelley: also tonight, a warning about a copycat terror attack in the u.s. > don't be afraid. be aware. >> pelley: a white chicago police officer is charged with murdering a black teenager. and the nation's highest civilian honor is presented to a group of great americans from yogi berra-- >> it ain't over till it's over. >> pelley: to james captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: the incident has major implications for the war on isis and peace in europe. the head of nato is calling for calm tonight after turkey shot down a russian warplane kill at
least one of two pilots. it is the first time the north atlantic alliance has do you understand a russian or soviet plane since the 1950s. russian president putin insists the plane was in syrian airspace, but the turks released this radar image, which they say shows the path of the plane, that dotted d line, as it briefly entered turkey. holly williams begins our coverage. >> reporter: turkey says the russian warplane strayed over a mile into the airspace. after 10 warnings without a response, a turkish fighter jet shot it down. this video is thought to show its fiery descent, crashing down in northwest syria. turkey says this radar map shows where the aircraft briefly crossed over, but russia denies the plane ever left syrian
airspace, and the visibly angry russian president vladimir putin called turkey's actions a stab in the back, describing the turkish as terrorists' accomplices. turkey had already warned moscow about violating its airspace and says russian planes did so twice in october. a syrian rebel group posted this video, which seems to show the bloody body of one of the russian pilots. the fate of the other pilot is unknown. russia and turkey are on opposite side of the syrian civil war. turkey, like its ally the u.s., supports the syrian rebels. rebels, while russia backs the syrian regime and in september began launching airstrikes. moscow claimed to be targeting isis, but the u.s. says it's alsoit so-called moderate rebels because russia's real
goal is to prop up syria's dictator, bashar al-assad. there were hopes that russia could be coaxed into cooperating with the u.s. and the allies in the fight against isis, but, scott, after this incident, that now looks even more uncertain. >> pelley: holly williams reporting from istanbul tonight, holly, thanks. david martin reports the shootdown has the potential to draw nato allies into a conflict with russia. >> reporter: from the moment russian warplanes began operating out of that airbase in syria, it was an international incident waiting to happen. russian planes violated turkish airspace on at least two previous occasions, flew within 500 feet of american aircraft striking isis targets in syria, and bombed opposition groups supported by the u.s. and the allies. to avoid incidents, a hot line was set up between the russian defense ministry and the u.s.-run command center for coalition airstrikes against
isis. but to no avail. after vladimir putin's angry reaction to the shootdown, the russian military sent a cruiser armed with surface-to-air missiles would be stationed off the syrian coast ready to shoot down any planes that threatened its aircraft. president obama urged both sides to remain calm and described the incident as a consequence of russia's policy of flying airstrikes in support of the syrian regime of bashar al-assad. >> i do think that this point s tan ongoing problem with the russian operations in the sense that they are operating very close to a turkish border, and they are going after moderate opposition. >> reporter: turkey is a member of nato, which has spent the past year and a half scrambling jets and deploying troops to counter what is seen as increasingly aggressive russian behavior. the sudden appearance of russian warplanes in syria represented another threat toinate oh, this
time on its southern flank, when the u.s. sent planes to turk nean effort to increase the number of strikes against isis, it also sent air-to-air fighters to defend turkish airspace against russian warplanes. russia may be causing problems, but in this particular incident, scott, u.s. officials blame turkey for over-reacting to a minor violation of its airspace. >> pelley: david martin at the pentagon tonight. thank you, david. as holly williams mentioned the u.s. and france were hoping to bring russia into an anti-isis alliance. chip reid reports today, french president francois hollande visited the white house where president obama said this about isis. >> it cannot be tolerated. it must be destroyed. and we must do it together. >> reporter: president hollande said france would ramp up its air campaign, targeting isis command centers, training facilities and the hearts of
cities controlled by the terror group. president obama said his national security team had already put together a plan to accelerate pressure on isis before the paris attacks. >> and we intend to execute on those plans. >> reporter: but, mr. obama gave no details and instead talked more about what's already been accomplished. >> we've taken thousands of strikes, have taken thousands of isil fighters, including top commanders and leaders, off the battlefield. >> reporter: the president again called on russia to stop propping up the regime of syrian president bashar al-assad and join the u.s. coalition of 65 nations fighting isis. >> russia right now is a coalition of two-- iran and russia-- supporting assad. given russia's military capabilities and given the influence they have on the assad regime, them cooperating would
be enormously helpful and allow us all to refocus our attention on isil. >> reporter: from washington, president hollande will head for russia where he plans to ask president putin to shift his focus to fighting isis, but, scott, it's a request that's been made many times before without success. >> pelley: chip reid at the white house. thanks. with unique insight into all of this, we turn to ambassador nick burns, a career american diplomat, former national security council director for russian affairs, and former u.s. representative for nato. he now teaches diplomacy at harvard. mr. ambassador, what are the stakes in what we've seen today? >> well, it's been a consequential day, scott. we haven't had a nato member shoot down a soviet or russian aircraft since 1952, and so the stakes are very high, that the russians learn the lessons of what happened but also that this can be deescalated so that there's no further action, and
russia and turkey and the other countries can go back, hopefully trying to combat isis. >> pelley: well, the russian president called it a stab in the back. could this escalate? >> it could escalate. i think there's-- i think the united states and president obama are going to work very hard to see that it doesn't, but there's an important principle at stake here, scott. every nation has a right to protect its own borders. and president obama sided with the turks today in saying that they have that right. it was a gross violation of international law for the russians even to fly close to that border, but to cross it, that's a red line that can't be crossed. and so i think the lesson here for the russians has to be they're fairly isolated right now. they don't have many friends in the middle east. they say that they want to attack and defeat isis but they're not really fighting isis. >> pelley: you know, the turks fired on this aircraft after it had been in their airspace for only about 30 seconds or so, we're told. why do you think the turks would make a point of shooting this airplane down? >> i think because there's a
history here. the russians have violated turkish airspace several times since the russians began air operations in syria two months ago. and the turks have warned the russians publicly and privately that there going to be a response at some point. the russians may have thought that the turks weren't serious but they found out today that they were. it's a tragedy. it's not something, obviously, that the united states wants to see happen, but the turks do have a right to protect that border. the emphasis now has to be on making sure it doesn't happen again. >> pelley: ambassador nicholas burns, thank you very much. >> thank you. >> pelley: well, the war on isis means that security at home will be tighter as millions of americans head out for the holiday. here's jeff pegues. >> reporter: police alos angeles international airport today were armed with automatic weapons. this thanksgiving week, amid isis threats, there will also be a larger police presence than usual in new york. police commissioner bill bratton. >> i think quite clear what
we're advocating through you, certainly is this idea of don't be afraid. be aware. >> reporter: a new intelligence bulletin sent to law enforcement around the country warns that there could be copycats in the u.s. looking to replicate the paris attacks. ron hosko is a former assistant director of the f.b.i. how much of isis' strategy is about fear? >> i think a large proportion is about fear. could something happen? yes. but is there a greater likelihood of being struck by lightning or struck by a car on the way to d.c.? yes. >> reporter: today, president obama tried to reassure the public. >> what happened in paris is truly horrific. i understand that people worry that something similar could happen here. i want you to know that we will continue to do everything in our power to defend our nation. >> reporter: and that strategy involves steadying-- studying tactics used in paris. intelligence officials believe the attackers did preoperation
surveillance. police in the u.s. are being advised to be on the lookout for people conducting surveillance on soft targets. >> pelley: in another major story tonight air, white chicago police officer was charged today with murder more than a year after shooting a black teenager in the back. a video of the shooting was released tonight and chicago is bracing for a sharp reaction. here's dean reynolds. >> police say you acted out of fear of your life. >> reporter: veteran chicago policeman jason van dyke said nothing as he turned himself in, facing first degree murder charges and, according to his lawyer, scared to death. anita alvarez is the cook county state's attorney. >> this officer went overboard. >> reporter: van dyke's trouble began in october of last year along this street when he and seven other officers pursued a robbery suspect, 17-year-old laquan mcdonald, who was acting erratically and waving a three-inch knife.
no other officer felt the need to open fire except van dyke who, prosecutors say, six seconds after arriving on the scene, shot mcdonald 16 times. it took 14 seconds, 13 of which the teenager was on the ground. prosecutors say van dyke was preparing to reload when ordered to hold fire. van dyke said mcdonald lunged at him and that he feared for his life, but the prosecutor said a police videotape tells a far different story, and so did an eyewitness. >> the motorist stated that mcdonald never moved toward, lunged at, or did anything threatening towards the officers before he was shot and fell to the ground. >> reporter: for 13 months, chicago officials had resisted releasing the dash-cam video, arguing it would jeopardize local and federal investigations of the shooting, but a county judge last week over-rode that argument and ordered the tape's release. the prosecutor said the video is graphic, violent, and chilling, and there is concern that once
it's available for all to see, it could provoke a violent reaction and painful questions about why it took so long to arrest the shooter seen on the tape. now, here at the police headquarters, the mayor and the superintendent of police have just held a press conference where they insisted that officer van dyke is in no way representative of the chicago police department. scott, if van dyke is convicted, he faced 20 years to life behind bars. >> pelley: and the video is in the process of being released tonight. dean, thank you. we now know where the paris attackers were planning to strike next until the police took them out when the cbs evening news continues. [cricket sound]
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those planners were killed in a raid last week. tonight, debora patta has learned of another surprising revelation in the assault on paris. >> reporter: while police were still rescuing hostages from the attack on the packed concert hall, french investigators revealed today that the presumed mastermind of the paris attacks had actually returned to the scene of the crime. abdelhamid abaaoud used his cell phone near the bataclan that night according to prosecutor francois molins. he also revealed that abaaoud, along with an accomplice, was planning another suicide bomb attack, this time at la defense, a busy parisian business district. abaaoud was killed in a fierce police gun battle last wednesday, and now there is a new addition to europe's most wanted list, 30-year-old mohammed abrini. police believe he may have been traveling in the same car with
salah abdeslam, the terrorist who escaped last week and is still on the run. abrini's d.n.a. was found in a car used in the attacks. in brussels, belgian police are still trying to root out a terror cell and most of the city is on lockdown, but thrm things will start returning to normal. most of the subways will reopen, and, scott, children will be going back to school. >> pelley: debora patta reporting for us tonight. debora, thank you. a new perspective on the syrian refugee crisis next. u'd see jusr it can spread. robitussin dm max soothes your throat and delivers fast, powerful cough relief. robitussin dm max. because it's never just a cough. i built my business with passion. but i keep it growing by making every dollar count. that's why i have the spark cash card from capital one. i earn unlimited 2% cash back on everything i buy for my studio.
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>> pelley: today, presidents obama and hollande defended their plans to accept syrian refugees. mr. obama said america is strengthened by people of every faith. but opponents say that terrorists could hide among the migrants. as america prepares to observe the holiday that celebrates the first refugees on our shores, we asked adriana diaz to look into
the controversy in kentucky. >> reporter: it's a first thanksgiving for america's newest pilgrims, refugees, some who arrived from syria less than two months ago, all breaking bread in their new home in kentucky. newcomers like 15-year-old koussay ghalyoun, and 18-year-old nour alkunuss. >> when i remember my country, i feel like i'm dying. >> reporter: why? >> because people in my country die every day. every day. >> reporter: they met here at a school for refugees in kentucky, far from the front lines of syria, but now, they're facing another brewing problem. since the paris attacks, protesters have taken to the streets across the united states voicing their opposition to syrian refugees coming in. more than 30 governors across the country agree, including matt bevin, who takes office here in ken tuck netwo weeks. people have to go through years
of background checks, interviews that last hours at a time. why change things now? >> let's be thoughtful. let's pause. let's use a measured approach. that's all anybody is saying. if we are delusional to think there are not evil people trying to do bad things to ourselves we are going to do so, be delusional to our own detriment. >> reporter: shadi, who asked us had the to use his last name, is a new arrival. "if there is an explosion in a country and syrians are stopped from coming in, of course, that creates some fear," he says. "it's the same kind of fear we felt when we were in syria." he says getting to the u.s. was grueling. nour is eager to start a new life here. >> islam means peace, not means war. >> reporter: these new arrivals say they're thankful for the warm welcome they received here but are worried for what lies ahead. adriana diaz, cbs news,
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>> pelley: today, president obama awarded the medal of freedom to an incredible array of great americans. ♪ people people who need people ♪ >> pelley: people like streisand and sondheim, berra and mays, and shirley chisholm, the first black woman in congress. >> i want to be remembered as a catalyst for change. >> pelley: 17 people who
changed america for the better. here's bill plante. ♪ ♪ >> reporter: they've enriched our lives with music. ♪ don't bring around a cloud to rain on my parade ♪ >> a long driveway back. >> reporter: thrilled us on the field. >> willy mays... >> reporter: made movies leap off the screen. james taylor was honored for his 50 years of exploring life through music. >> that's the thing about james-- you always feel like he's singing only to you. ♪ in my mind i'm goin' to carolina ♪ >> the issues that compel me are still the same ones. you know, it's what i love to do. i think that over time, you get incrementally better at it. >> reporter: how long can you keep doing this? >> it's hard to believe i'm not closer to the end than i am to the beginning, but i'll carry on
as long as-- as long as there seems to be support for it. >> reporter: because, in the word of another one of today's honorees-- >> it ain't over till it's over. yogi berra, amazing. >> reporter: and as the the great yankee catcher also said, "you can observe a lot by just watching." ♪ i've seen fire and i've seen rain ♪ >> reporter: watching a play, an impassioned speech, a concert. ♪ thought they'd never end >> reporter: 17 americans who all made a mark on our national life. ♪ when you could not find a friend ♪ >> reporter: bill plante, cbs news, washington. ♪ but i always thought i'd see you again. again. ( applause ). >> 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