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May 5th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 05/05/09

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Tonight on AC360°, stunning allegations of highway robbery in a small Texas town. Dozens of drivers claim they've been held up for cash, cars and jewelry. Even more shocking is who some victims are blaming – the police who deny the accusations against them.

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soundoff (376 Responses)
  1. Destinee

    The Tenaha, Texas story was unbelievable. What is this 1950s? These cops should be punished to the fullest extent of the law.

    May 5, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  2. pat

    So now the cops in Texas are robbing the general public, Sounds like were turning into Mexico, more and more, everyday! Imagine that!

    May 5, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  3. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    corrupt cops does not surprise me anymore.

    May 5, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  4. David, Indiana

    Evening Anderson, Erica, everyone. Very sorry to hear of this young woman dying because of swine flu. This was soon after she gave birth? Very sad, my thoughts and prayers are with her and her family.

    May 5, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  5. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    OMG! That is so embarrassing! Att David Guillory is from Nac.TX and is a friend of mine. He is a super guy! Thanks for keeping them honest! We need a lot of help around here! XO

    May 5, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  6. starr formerly known as vincent

    Gary Tuchman

    Excellent report!! Well worth waiting for. I have heard reports about this before, but without the many details you have provided tonight.

    This would appear to be an outrage! Unfortunately, we don't know the actual laws they are using.

    I am very hopeful that these people WIN their class action suit!

    May 5, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  7. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    So what happened to the money? Who got how much? It's surprising that no one fought back before now.

    May 5, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  8. Miss J

    LOL! I'm sorry – that lady/DA singing is funny. Bizarre maybe is more the right word.

    May 5, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  9. Esma

    Wow, this story just gets weirder and weirder...and we thought all the pirates were in Somalia.

    May 5, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  10. Krasi, Houston, TX

    Of course he doesn't remember. He's probably done this to so many people they all seem the same to him. Outrageous!!!

    May 5, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  11. Maureen T, Canada

    This is America, right?

    May 5, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  12. Michelle in L.A

    This is an outrage. I want to see the DA, and the Policeman and Everyone else involved fired and jailed for 20 + years . The charge at the least should be Abuse of Power, Fraud, and Breaking and Entering.

    Dang,, this is appauling. Where are the good cops, good officials.

    May 5, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  13. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    This story is making me absolutely infuriating me. No wonder cops get such a bad rep because of cops like this. Absolutely ridiculous....

    May 5, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  14. Maureen T, Canada

    That policeman should be ashamed of himself! Shame on you!!

    May 5, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  15. Rebekah

    evening Anderson, Erica and everyone at AC360 tonite.

    @Anderson – thanks for pointing out that you don't want to add any hype to the H1N1 story, there are already too many people freaking out over this and we don't need anyone trying to add to it. thank you.

    May 5, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  16. Staci Taylor Midland TX

    And society wonders why our young adults and teenagers have no respect for law enforcement?

    May 5, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  17. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    I want to travel through Hwy 59 at 84 with a hidden camera rolling.

    May 5, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  18. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Happy Cinco de Mayo everyone!

    Anderson is that you using Erica's avatar again?

    May 5, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  19. Isabel

    @Anderson Cooper

    Are you using the login of the Erica Hill again?

    May 5, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  20. Fay - California

    This is a great investigation by Gary Tuchman – how shameful it is for some elements in law enforcement to perpetrate criminal acts – these bad cops to be removed and prosecuted for their actions.

    May 5, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  21. Anthonia-California

    Heeey! Everyone Happy Cinco de Mayo!

    I can't believe some Texan police officers actually pull people off just to rob them! such a shame!

    May 5, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  22. Maureen T, Canada

    I can't believe the police are like that. How horrifying! Who should we trust??

    May 5, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  23. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    This story with the crooked police, et al, is really extreme.

    May 5, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  24. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    Hey All. Hey Anderson, Erica, David G. twitter/facebook buddies, and the rest of the best bloggers in the world.

    May 5, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  25. Lori from IL

    Good evening Anderson, Erica, Team 360 (Yes, that includes you Jack Gray ) and Fellow Bloggers -

    So sad to hear about the pregnant lady who died - glad they were able to save the baby.

    May 5, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  26. Esma

    Cops like this give the rest a bad name. What's being done to stop this?

    May 5, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  27. Krasi, Houston, TX

    The robbery story reminds me of the custom's officials on the borders of certain Eastern European countries.

    May 5, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  28. gayle mccauley Malden,Mass.

    @ Naisssa ,So sorry for your loss.

    May 5, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  29. Maureen T, Canada

    Good evening Anderson? Where's your picture? Caught you on the Tonite Show! Way cool...I'm sorry to hear about that woman dying in Texas. And the fact that she was 8 months pregnant and the baby was delivered. How sad.

    May 5, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  30. Isabel

    The police are who should protect. It must be a trusted institution.

    May 5, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  31. Isabel

    Corruption in the police is complicated!

    May 5, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  32. Bob Coyle

    From Houston:

    Welcome back. The face graphics are well done. It is fantistic.

    May 5, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  33. Jasmine-Spokane, WA (follow @edhenrycnn)

    still can't understand why Cops want to steal...maybe they aren't getting paid enough?

    May 5, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  34. Annie, Tampa FL

    Good evening Erica and Anderson!
    Ready for one of your good programs tonite.

    May 5, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  35. Jen in Mex

    Hey Anderson, Erika, and the best journalistic team on TV and the Net.
    This story out of Texas is awful!!!!

    May 5, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  36. gayle mccauley Malden,Mass.

    Greetings to All! Glad to have you back on the east coast!

    May 5, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  37. Krasi, Houston, TX

    Happy Cinco de Mayo!!!

    May 5, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  38. Esma

    My heart goes out to Judy's family, and though this is tragic, at least her baby is well.

    May 5, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  39. Miss J

    What kind of underlying medical conditions did she have?

    May 5, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  40. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Not good news for me first american died I hear! My heart goes to woman's family!

    May 5, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  41. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    Good evening bloggers!

    May 5, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  42. Lauren--NY

    Welcome home, Anderson and Erica. Always nice to see you got home safely. I hope you had some fun out there.

    It's a shame that there was a flu death. Her family (especially her baby) is very much in my thoughts.

    May 5, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  43. Jasmine-Spokane, WA (follow @edhenrycnn)

    Hallo Bloggers! Hallo Anderson, Erica!

    May 5, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  44. Naissa, Deep in the HEART of Texas

    I knew the woman that died. May she rest in piece.

    May 5, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  45. starr formerly known as vincent

    Good evening Anderson, et al (&Erica , Gary Tuchman, etc. etc.)

    Good evening fellow bloggers.

    Very sad about the death in TX due to flu.

    May 5, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  46. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    Good evening Anderson, Erica and my fellow evening conversationalists...Hope everyone had a good day.

    Very sad to hear about another swine flu death.

    May 5, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  47. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    Goodevening and Happy Cinco de Mayo all!

    May 5, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  48. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Helloooo Anderson, Erica, Edurrado(Ed Henry) and my friends Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!!

    May 5, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  49. Isabel

    Evening, Anderson!

    Hello, 360 team, friends and bloggers… everyone!

    What a day!
    Another death from H1N1. The situation inspires care!

    Expectation about the stress test results; and the disclosure of the number of closure of jobs

    May 5, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  50. ericacnn

    good evening everyone... thanks for joining us... good to be back from los angeles.. good to be with you all tonite.

    May 5, 2009 at 9:59 pm |
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