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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  1. Sharon Wright

    I've heard many stories from other Canadians who have travelled through the mid west on their way south and wouldn't do it again because of the way they were treated by police. This just sounds like a more organized operation to me. Nothing new.

    May 5, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  2. Lori from IL

    How disturbing when people in positions of authority abuse their power. Good report, Gary.

    May 5, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  3. Jamie

    The Texas Police Robbery story claims that minorities are being targeted, but I noticed that an african american was one of the police officers interviewed about the arrests. What's the deal? This is so wrong.

    May 5, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  4. Angelia Pasternak

    This happens in every city ...not just there. It happened to me about 8 years ago. The police were searching for someone who lived at the house prior to our moving in, during the search located my tuition money for college and kept it.

    I think this should be investigated by every department in every county in every state in the US.

    May 5, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  5. Samantha M.

    wow go Gary Tuchman! great reporting!

    May 5, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  6. shawn

    Hello 360, I love that ya'll caught the DA singing.

    May 5, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  7. Ian Kimmel

    I am 17 years old and I watch your show all the time. But I think that story with cops stealing money from random people they pull over is theft and should be charged. I think the only reason they are doing this is becasue of the bad economy that had hit us and the world.

    May 5, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  8. Krasi, Houston, TX

    Honest people do not hide behind other people. They come out and face accusations and defend themselves if indeed the accusations are not based on facts.

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

    So the fact that nobody seems to have a comment...makes this even fishier....hmmm

    May 5, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  10. Prakash, Edmonton

    This story reveals that the USA is corrupt like the countries its exporting democracy to such as Iraq or Afghanistan if only to a lesser level.
    Shameful is the word

    May 5, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  11. Beverly

    This same sort of thing was going on for years in Louisiana until the media exposed it. I hope this can be stopped in Texas.

    May 5, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  12. Troy (From Calgary, AB)

    Can't the people who get pulled over by the cops make a citizen's arrest for theft?

    May 5, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  13. Maureen T, Canada

    Great reporting Gary Tuchman!

    May 5, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  14. Teresa

    It is sad the to see how those children whose parents were stopped in Texas were affected.

    May 5, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  15. Ronan

    I remember seeing "small Texas town" movies in the early 70's about corruption . So it's real!

    May 5, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  16. Neol

    I think It's inappropriate for law enforcement officer.County should give us what's going on right now? It's hard in tough economics. and what about races.
    I think it should be guilty.
    Thanks you for giving us really nice, shocked story abt Texax traveler

    May 5, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  17. Staci Taylor Midland TX

    On stage at the taxpayers expense???????

    May 5, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  18. Lauren--NY

    Good catch, Isabel & JoAnn...I should have caught the "tonite." 😛 Hi, Anderson.

    Dirty cops really make me angry, but I couldn't help laughing at the unexpected visual of the DA rocking out on her guitar when Gary found her...sometimes you just have to laugh, you know? Good Lord.

    May 5, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  19. Angel

    Its not only the police officers in Shelby County that are crooks. I had my daughter taken from me with an affidavit without any proof what so ever. Just because everyone in this town knows everyone else and if your part of the group you are believed just because you say so.. I have been working for almost a year now to get her back .. with nothing but delays and stalling tactics ..

    May 5, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  20. Anthony Peterson

    Thugs wearing a badge, thugs in a black robe or just thugs. W/o the the first amendment, this behavior would go unchallanged.

    May 5, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  21. jeffrey hardaway

    I believe this has and does happen. growing up my father would tell me about stuff like this. I thought he was a crazy militant. As I age he is not, being in the army I have seen a lot.

    May 5, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  22. Miss J

    Here's what I would've done if those cops would've done that to me. I would've typed up the story about what happened and then sent it to every FBI office across the country. And the media of course.

    May 5, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  23. Greg M

    What's the definition of armed robbery again?

    This is a crime. The perpetrators should be prosecuted, not sued.

    May 5, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  24. Barnaby O'Leary


    Your story on the Texas Police Ripoff is yet another example ot the fact that " Those in power are contemptuous of those without power"

    Barnaby O'Leary
    Rohnert Park, CA

    May 5, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  25. bill

    You guys should look all over cause its happening here in Tennessee too on I-81 in Kingsport

    May 5, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  26. James Davis

    Barry Washington , the cop,, was a Texas State Highway Patrol officer for years before this and left under suspicious circumstances?????

    May 5, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  27. Aaron

    It's truly sad when people think they are above the Law...Anderson please don't let this story go, until these people have justice..thank you

    May 5, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  28. Susan Fairchild

    This is an outrage! Now you can have your children taken away from you for going a few miles over the speed limit? All the officials should be investigated in this town. Highway robbery indeed!

    May 5, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  29. Jasmine-Spokane, WA (follow @edhenrycnn)

    Seems as though these cops need to go back and watch the show "cops"

    May 5, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  30. samir

    swift action should be taken against the perpetrators.


    May 5, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  31. Jack from Toronto

    Hi AC,
    Thanks for exposing the Tenaha story... I vowed never to go back to Mexico because of this type of corruption. You can add Texas to my list now.

    May 5, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  32. Gail A. Foulger

    This highway robbery is really shocking. That police force should be sacked!

    May 5, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  33. eric walker, miam fl

    Unabated Corruption in a small town. What else is new? Just look at the last 8 years

    May 5, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  34. Fabian, Tor, Can.

    three words, sick, sick, sick.

    May 5, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  35. Naissa, Deep in the HEART of Texas

    Geez! These people give Texas a bad name! >:o

    May 5, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  36. Marilyn

    Cops and district attorneys in Tehana, TX unfortunately give all cops a bad reputation. They need to be prosecuted for their small town shakedown.

    May 5, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  37. christlyn

    Is this Texas or Somalia?

    May 5, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  38. Isabel

    About the problem in the police, I do not think such a thing happen in the USA.

    In Brazil, unfortunately, is not rare!

    May 5, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  39. Matt Bradshaw

    If this story is true, its a shame. The people we pay to protect us, are robbing us. All of them in this investigation need to be put on leave WITH pay until proven guilty in a court of law.

    May 5, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  40. Chuck

    The officers involved, the DA and anyone else involved should go to jail for a very long time. This is outrageous behaviour.

    May 5, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  41. Brian G.

    That story about the small town that shakes down people passing through sounds exactly like the plot to that old show, The Dukes of Hazzard, with the officials being real life Boss Hoggs and Roscoe P. Coltranes.

    May 5, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  42. Jen NY

    current story about traffic police... all i can say is wow... i don't know what to think

    gary – how do you manage to always stay so calm and nice?

    May 5, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  43. Lou

    It happens in NJ as well.

    May 5, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  44. Tonya Kaushik

    I plan on showing my Civics students the clip about Tenaha, TX. Should be a great starting point for a discussion about the 4th amendment and their rights as Americans. Thanks for uncovering this!

    May 5, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  45. Elyse

    If the authority is corrupt, then who can we trust? This is just like back in the day when African Americans were denied justice when they were victims of a crime.

    May 5, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  46. Tom Tischler

    if these officers were bank robbers they would get prison, where is the justice system in all of this stuff?

    May 5, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  47. Tunde

    this is outright ridiculous. i am not suprised its in texas, but as a future attorney, and someone in rotc, i am very tempted to drive through this tiny town of tehana!

    May 5, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  48. Glenda Frye

    The federal government need to establish marshall law there and lock up those crooks.

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

    oh, but that doesnt mean that there arent good ones out there too. sorry.

    May 5, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  50. David

    Wow – highway robbery? Shakedowns? Sounds like they're taking a page from WALL STREET and GOLDMAN SACHS.

    May 5, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
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