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May 6th, 2009
07:10 AM ET

Sound Off: Your comments 5/5/09

Editor's Note: Gary Tuchman’s story, “Highway Robbery” in Tenaha, TX became a major topic of discussion among our AC 360 viewers. Many had stories of their own about this town and other similar towns. Read some of what we heard, and tell us your thoughts on this hot topic.
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I must say that MOST cops (I believe) are dishonest and know that they "enforce" what they want to and ignore their parts. (In Atlanta, I have seen cops smoking dope behind a couple of fast food places but hey, they can break their laws)

I just watched your story on "Highway Robbery". I was especially interested in the story because I live in Shelby County. I am horrified by the actions of our Law enforcement officials and want to see them punished not only for the laws they have broken, but the bad name they have given our community. After reading the blogs I am deeply saddened that people might be afraid to visit our wonderful community. We are a small close knit community of hard working people just like anywhere else in the U.S. I wish that your viewers knew that we are not a bunch of rabid rednecks. Most of us work hard, love our families and some of us are even educated.....

I am so extremely grateful for your coverage of the corruption uncovered in the small Texas town. Your work is important for me, the average American citizen. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

The police officer(s) that were involved in the pulling people over in Tenaha, Texas should be stripped of their badge(s) and thrown in jail along with DA Russell who wrote up the "deals" with the victims. Along with the mayor, who should be stripped from office, and anyone else involved in this crime. It is wrong of people to abuse their power in this way!

I seem to recall some other "out of control" city government in the south east long ago. The citizens formed up a militia (posse) and went and arrested their city leaders then called the state police to come get them. That sounds like an appropriate response if the class action lawsuit approach does not work in Texas.

I cannot believe the atrocity of the judge and police force in Tenaha TX. They ought to be embarrassed and ashamed of their actions. Thank you CNN for exposing such crime and acts of homeland terror.

I applaud your story about Tenaha, Texas and the piracy of the police. I drive through that little town three times a year on my way to Houston; but since I am a white woman, I guess I have been fortunate that I have never been harassed. But I will now find an alternate route so I may avoid Tenaha.


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  1. rick

    Your story about Tenaha, TX is only a part of the Texas Law enforcement problem. This State has serious problems with everything from civil rights violations to miranda. I pray Eric Holder will wash this laundry basket. thank you and God bless you for exposing the iceberg's tip. rick in Austin

    May 7, 2009 at 12:22 pm |
  2. Ted

    Dear Mr. Cooper,

    Last night, I watched the report about “Highway Robbery” in Tahana, TX and it made me feel sick in the stomach. We, the United States of America, proud to be the “Leader”, the “Democracy” country of the world; and, why there is such as outrage typical government agency existence in our system.

    They, every individual involved especially the Major, should be ashamed of themselves.

    Moreover, are there any Laws (Federal or Marshall) in our Constitutions which could remove all of them out of the public services immediately? If not, should the President, Congress, Senators should get involve and implementing a new set of Laws which directly expedites to any government agency member like this case?

    Ted
    Santa Clara, Ca

    May 6, 2009 at 12:39 pm |
  3. Pam

    Corruption..seems like it can be found everywear! The really sad thing is that the people who are supposed to protect us are only taking care of themselves! Unfortunately, Tenaha looks and operates like a third world country..

    May 6, 2009 at 11:36 am |
  4. mary Frost

    We need to start DEMANDING transparency. We WERE PROMISED transparency, and let's demand it. We can start with the White House releasing the photo fiasco over N.Y. Our rights and freedom are being eroded under this administration, so let's make our wishes known–speak up and demand to be heard.

    May 6, 2009 at 11:27 am |
  5. mary Frost

    Does anyone know the full, true story about the pressure brought to bear by the White House, on the creditors of Chrysler. I've noticed that the liberal media have not even mentioned it. I think that this is a very
    serious allegation, and needs to be investigated–and THE TRUTH found out.

    May 6, 2009 at 11:23 am |