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test. test. test. test. test. tonight, five fired memphis police officers charged with murder in the death of tyre nichols. the d.a. announcing all five ex-officers are charged with second degree murder, aggravated assault and several other counts. nichols, a 29-year-old black man, died days after he was pulled over and violently arrested. the reaction from his family, and when will the public see the video? jurors in the alex murdaugh camera hearing the 911 call. what the officers say they saw.
an isis inspired attacker killed eight people in new york city. russia launching deadly missile strikes hours after the u.s. pledged to send tanks. our team on the ground. my conversation with the ceo of southwest airlines as the transportation department launches an investigation into the airline's meltdown over the holidays. i ask him, did southwest deceive passengers? the asteroid the size of a delivery truck having a close encounter with earth tonight. grin and bear it. the selfie snapper and one wild photo shoot. this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. memphis, tennessee, awaits tomorrow's release of video that officials say will underscore why they have moved to charge five former
memphis police officers with murder. they are accused of being part of a violent confrontation earlier this month that led to 29-year-old tyre nichols being severely injured. it happened after a traffic stop. he died from his injuries a few days later. the d.a. saying the actions of all of them resulted in tyre nichols' death. the five black defendants face multiple charges. including second degree murder. they expect videos to be released publically by the city tomorrow evening. tonight, president biden acknowledging tensions in advance of the tape's release. in a statement saying tonight that outrage is understandable but violence is never acceptable. priscilla thompson leads us off tonight from memphis with more. >> reporter: tonight, five former memphis police officers have been charged with second degree murder in the deadly arrest of 29-year-old tyre nichols. >> while each of the five individuals played a different role in the incident in question, the actions of all of them
resulted in the death of tyre nichols. and they are all responsible. >> reporter: all five officers also charged with aggravated assat, aggravated kidnapping and official misconduct charges. >>hat happened here does not at all reflect proper policing. this was wrong. this was criminal. >> reporter: the announcement comes amid rising tension ahead of tomorrow's release of video from the deadly traffic stop. >> he was a human pinata for those police officers. it was an unabashed, nonstop beatinof this young boy for three minutes. >> oh, my god. >> reporter: his mother heartbroken. her son was a dad and loved to skateboard. you had an opportunity to view this video. >> i watched a minute of it. i couldn't -- once i
heard my son say, what did i do? i lost it. i couldn't -- >> reporter: police stopped him for reckless driving and two confrontations ensued. after which, nichols complained of shortness of breath. he was taken to the hospital in critical condition and died three days later. >> we are better than this. we are better than the egregious conduct and actions of those police officers. >> reporter: nearly two weeks after the incident, all five officers were fired, after an internal investigation found they violated multiple department policies, including excessive use of force and duty render aid. >> no one out there that night intended for tyre nichols to die. no one. >> reporter: two
memphis fire department personnel who helped care for nichols have been relieved of duty pending an investigation. the district attorney's office, the fbi and department o justice are all now investigating. >> how is the city preparing for the release of thivideo? >> reporter: lester, we have seen a heightened police presence here as officials continue to call for calm. meanwhile, the family of tyre nichols says they are hopeful the officers will be held accountable. let's bring in laura jarrett. what will prosecutors need to prove? >> the law is clear. prosecuts don't have to show these officers intended to kill nichols. the state does have to prove that the officers knew that their behavior was likelyo cause his death and possibly should have intervened to stop a fellow officer from hurting nichols. usually, these cases are hard to win.
officers claim they acted reasonably. juries tend to give them the benefit of the doubt. in this case, as in so many others, much will come down to what we see in that video tomorrow and the jury's reaction to it. >> laura, thank you. in south carolina, dramatic testimony today in the trial of alex murdaugh. the jury saw police bodycam video from the scene and heard his call to 911. catie beck is there tonight. >> permission to publish this exhibit. >> reporter: the jury heard the chilling 911 call. >> reporter: from first responders recounting a gruesome crime scene. standing near it, a distraught alex murdaugh. >> did you see tears? >> i did not. murdaugh. >> did you see tear snz. >> i did not.
>> reporter: the body camera footage from that night and murdaugh became emotional, especially as witnesses described his son's injuries. on tape, almost immediately he tells police the reason he believes his son was a target. >> reporter: he also mentioned that theory to the 911 dispatcher, referring to the 2019 boat crash that killed mallory beach. paul charged with three counts of boating under the influence, had pleaded not guilty and was awaiting trial. the defense on cross highlighting the lack of blood on his clothing. questions about preserving evidence. >> do your best not to contaminate anything. >> this is your best? >> reporter: both the prosecution and defense using the lack of blood on his
clothes to bolster their case. the defense saying if he had done it, he would have had blood on his clothes. prosecutors inferring if he had checked for signs of life as he said he did, he wouldn't have been so clean. lester? >> thank you. in new york city today, the verdict handed down for an isis-inspired truck attack on halloween in 2017. the jury finding the attacker guilty on all counts. prosecutors say he drove a rented truck along a busy bike path, striking and killing eight people in the deadliest terror attack in new york since 9/11. he could receive the death penalty. the u.s. military killed a top isis leader in somalia. the raid took place in the mountains of northern somalia where he and ten isis fighters were killed. the defense secretary lloyd austin said he guided the growth of isis in africa and its funding worldwide, including in afghanistan.
in ukraine, a massive and deadly russian military assault. one day after the u.s. and germany said they are sending tanks to ukraine. raf sanchez is there and has late details. >> reporter: tonight, russia's revenge. just hours after the u.s. and european allies announced they will send tanks to ukraine, russia unleashing air strikes targeting ukraine's power grid and ripping apart these homes. my life is broken. why has it happened to us, she says? ukraine says at least 11 people were killed with thousands more fleeing to shelters. this blast in kyiv captured by sky news cameras. president zelenskyy saying today we withstood another massive missile strike by terrorists. the strikes come just a day after president biden announced the u.s. will send abrams tanks to ukraine. they won't arrive for many months.
germany's tanks could be here by the end of march. this bridge was the lifeline for villages on the far side of the river. destroyed during the war and now the only way across is this narrow walkway. donated food, fuel and winter clothes carried on foot. this woman's parents live on the far side. seeing them now, a journey over icy water. this is scary to walk across. >> yes. >> reporter: families divided by war but finding a way to stay together. the kremlin saying today, the u.s. and european decision to send tanks means nato is now directly involved in the war here. ukraine isn't stopping at tanks. officials say they hope the next step will be for the allies to provide american made f-16 fighter jets. southwest airlines said today that
holiday meltdown cost the airline hundreds of millions of dollars. the transportation department announced an investigation. with that in mind, i spoke with the ceo of southwest. it was a december debacle for southwest airlines. the cancellation of nearly 17,000 flights causing millions of missed vacations and celebrations. the airline today announcing an $800 million price tag for the ten days of canceled flights. at the same time, southwest finds itself in the government's crosshairs with an investigation into whether the number of flights scheduled was realistic. let me begin by asking, do you think the department of transportation investigation into december's debacle is warranted? >> number one, we want to cooperate and collaborate with our oversight committees, the department of transportation and their goals -- if you think the dot is to make sure our customers are taken care of, we share those goals.
>> this will look at the possibility the airline deceived passengers, unrealistically scheduling flights it knew it was impossible to fulfill. how do you respond to that? >> if you looks at our flight schedule, we were fully staffed to fly our december flight schedule. if you look before the event and since, we have been operating really, really well. in january, we are number one in terms of on time performance. >> but you have to understand -- i think you will agree most people will measure you on what happened on your worst days, last few days of december. >> you know, i have to start with, we really messed up. i almost cannot apologize enough to our customers and our people at southwest airlines. we let them down when they needed us the most. we had a huge storm that impacted so much of the country. that led to an incredible number of cancels, more than we have ever seen. that led to an incredible number of aircraft rerouting.
an historic level. that led to a huge level of crew rerouting, for more than we have seen. that overwhelmed our systems and processes. >> you have talked about and others talked about the software used for scheduling flight attendants and pilots, crews, it wasn't up to task given the circumstances that you were facing. have you fixed that? >> the technology, it's sky solver, it performed as designed, as did our processes. you are trying to solve a routing that occurred hours ago. the software was never designed for that. they have a new version of the software that is developed, it's in test right now. that will fix that problem. >> we are in winter for at least another couple of months here. granted, there's no major holidays on the immediate horizon. i think what people wonder when they book with you now, will you be able to fulfill the obligation? >> we will do everything short-term, now, immediate, long-term to make sure
this does not happen again. we put things in place like an extraordinary level of monitoring. we spun up a group of about 100 extra crew schedulers that we can use on demand. we are looking at our de-icing procedures top to bottom. extra engine covers in case of tremendously cold weather. we have a 51-year track record of being a terrific operator, delivering for our customers, loving on our customers and our people. we are going to fulfill that. >> part of my conversation with the ceo of southwest airlines. in 60 seconds, the crackdown on a ransom wear gang that targeted schools, hospitals and critical infrastructure. do good, eat . that's our mission. we chose our spark cash plus card from capital one because it gives us unlimited two percent cash back on everything, we buy. and it has no preset spending limit, so our purchasing power adapts to our business needs. we use our two percent cash back to help cover our employees' healthcare costs.
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speaking from behind bars, in a one-on-one interview the man suspected of carrying out the half moon bay mass shooting talks to our janelle wang. good afternoon. i'm audrey asistio. welcome to nbc bay area news at 4:30. we are tracking several new developments in the half moon bay mass shooting. our damian trujillo is learning more about the victims by talking to friends and family. there is a renewed push to tighten gun laws. the specific action california senator alex padilla among others is calling for. let's begin with the exclusive jail house interview. the accused