May 20th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 05/20/09

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Tonight on 360°, a police chase caught on tape. Five officers in Birmingham, Alabama have been fired for what happened in the incident. CLICK HERE to watch the video. And, text your questions on the case to 94553. Please make sure you put the letters AC, along with your name and location in the text.

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soundoff (303 Responses)
  1. Jacqueline, NY

    Ooh, Anderson and Larry– you dirty guys!

    May 20, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  2. Matt


    My God, what a great interview with Larry!

    May 20, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  3. John, McHenry

    What I see in the police video is an excellent example for why drivers should wear their seatbelts.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  4. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    I like your interviews, Larry King!

    May 20, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  5. Harry Martin

    AC...I watched the video tonight of the cop chase and ensuing beating
    that the person who was evading the police received from them while
    he was lying motionless in that ditch. What the officer you interviewed had to say was obviously protecting his fellow officers. No way should they have attacked that man who was not resisting arrest in any way.
    I'm glad they were fired for it, we don't need 'protectors' who just want to get even with someone.

    Corvallis Oregon

    May 20, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  6. Darin W.

    It kills me when police try to justify beating a person when they are clearly down and out. All that was needed to be done in this case was to cuff the criminal and take him in. The guy was thrown literally out the car and barely if not moving. They took their anger out on that guy. So just say our you blood was boiling and we went over board..don't make excuses for beating someone no matter who it is.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  7. Jim M

    The video with the police chase. I think the cops were clearly wrong. Cops do it all the time. You see it on cops. Instead of seeing if the person is OK, they pull them from the cay or throw thrm to the ground and pounce of them as in the video.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  8. Emmanuel. Dallas

    Hor-fic police chase, how can u kick,punch a half dead man like that?

    May 20, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  9. Marie Nesius

    Hurray for the Birmingham police chief who fired those officers. There is no excuse for officers to use force to give vent to their rage. People hired to protect society must be able to control their anger and reaction to what they consider inexcusable behavior. If they can't, we are all in trouble.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  10. Wendy

    They were taking their anger out on him.......I gasped when I saw that video.We've seen this happen too many times.Very glad they were fired.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  11. Fay - California

    Two minutes in and I'm already loving this Larry King interview – really funny stuff.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  12. Donnie J littlefoot

    i have to say as a a x military officer . this shocks me . When is brute force to much the man was on the ground nocked out .i understand the officer almost being run over but there are less forceful ways to have handled this situation

    May 20, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  13. Jasmine-Spokane, WA (Spokandyland)

    Larry Should see SuperNews' Larry King Live Spoofs

    May 20, 2009 at 10:52 pm |
  14. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    the cop that stepped in front of the van appeared to be throwing out a spike strip to blow out the tires.

    granted the police might have reacted without realizing how seriously injured the man was, but i think there is a lot more to this.

    i also think there is a lot more to the issues regarding the boy with cancer. Sanjay said it has spread, which makes it less likely of having a good outcome if he undergoes chemo. where did it spread?

    anderson! i love the King interview! i think Larry should let Jack have those suspenders! haha

    May 20, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  15. Nick

    Police chase

    I think criminals would think twice before committing a crime if they knew they were going to get the heck beat out of them. Im all for it, we are way to easy on criminals these days. We might as well just be spanking them.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  16. Esma

    Larry and Anderson–you two are cracking me up!

    May 20, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  17. isabel

    Presidents, celebrities and ordinary people have spoken with Larry King and he is wonderful with everyone, equally!

    May 20, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  18. Eric

    As a former police officer I find "expert" Odonnell's answer's troubling. Those officers did everything wrong after the vehicle chase, including using force on a unconscious suspect. They walked away like a group of bullies after beating someone. Notice there is no audio for the tape?

    May 20, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  19. LisaL - Canada

    watched Larry King last night and really enjoyed it – good questions with great answers about the presidential topics – great conversational style.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  20. Rebekah

    this situation with the police officers seems to be one of those times that they would advance on the man who fell out of the rolled car with their weapons drawn and ready but NOT doing anything until they see that he was still a threat... i wish they would've kept their wits about them... very upsetting that they didn't.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  21. Rickey

    Anderson: It is apparent to me that the definition of when 'necessary use of force is enough' can be viewed as the guy who tries to spell the word 'banana' but doesn't quite know where to stop. The professor basically said that what we saw on that video tape is 'not' what we really saw.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  22. Jasmine-Spokane, WA (Spokandyland)

    Wonder if Larry had trouble not asking the questions...

    May 20, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  23. Minou, New York City

    Larry King is a wonderful person. I will surely read his book.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  24. Jose Sanchez

    Cops in this country are out of control. That "expert' just on was a joke.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  25. Al

    It seems that Mr. Eugene O'Donnel is part of the problem and not part of the solution. I was amazed at his interpretation of the video and his comments on how he thought the officers had acted correctly in that situation.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  26. Alex (NYC)

    Good evening! 🙂 Hope they find the Hausers soon. Police brutality is a delicate issue. Our cops are walking a fine line in acting appropriately while keeping emotions in check. Tough job for someone laying their life to protect civilians. I don't want to be in their shoes. I love Mr. Larry King. I can't wait to read his book. Heart more broken to hear about Mickey. He won't be the same Mickey I grew up with. Minnie must be extremely sad.

    Nite for later again! 🙂

    May 20, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  27. Nancy

    You know, I am always all over a cop that uses force, but this time I can totally understand. They just witnessed one of their own almost killed by this crazy nut, and then the 100 mile chase which could have taken lots of innocent lives--I think I would have done more than just punch him!! Give the cops their jobs back!!! Counseling would have been enough!!

    May 20, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  28. Christina

    @Jasmine Why is it always the Jews??

    Goes back to Ishmael and Isaac. Google it:

    A Bible Prophecy study on the unsolvable problem: this is what exists in the Middle East since Israel's rebirth. The problem of Isaac and Ismael.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  29. Wendy

    I was watching the interview regarding the police beatings of the man who led them on the chase and I cannot believe that he is defending these officers. This is a disgrace. There was nothing racial whatsoever involved here either, the first officer was black, the problem here is completely with the police. This was absolutely deplorable.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  30. Cheryl K. Sask Canada

    Larry King has definitely had a full life with lots more to come I'm sure. His book is very good.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  31. Lori from IL

    The car chase video is stunning. How can they not check to see if this guy is alive - instead of just start beating on him?

    May 20, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  32. Jerri Courtney, Defiance, Ohio

    Why not immediately restrain the man instead of pummeling him?

    May 20, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  33. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    @Thomas – I couldn't agree more! That is about exactly what I was just saying to my roommate.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  34. Bob

    Eugene O'Donnell's defense of this is absurd. Has he watched the video? The only "potentially threatening" body movements I noticed from victim were responses to the repeated blows by the officers. What an embarrassment to the men and women who protect our streets everyday.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  35. curt

    the officer you had on moments ago clearly did not answer any questions. despite your adrennelin rush you must act as professional as possible. seems to me, he was justifying their actions

    May 20, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  36. Karla S

    Living in close proximity Yellowstone, our nation’s first national park, I find this story to be disturbing to say the least. National Parks are like churches. Why would one want to take a gun to church to “protect” oneself….and why have Dems (MY party) compromised this position? It’s heartbreaking.

    Anyone who has spent considerable time in our nation’s national parks eventually realizes that nature has a way of breaking down the barriers of fear and political alliances. It is unfortunate that the congress has not spent enough time in these national treasures to realize this sacred truth.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  37. todd

    is it just me or does it seem like the man driving the van was just trying to avoid the spike strip being laid out. I don't believe the driver intentionally aimed at hitting the police officer.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  38. isabel

    The brightness of the Oscar finished; and only it remained the crude and cruel reality!

    May 20, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  39. Marcus

    That video is unbelievable! But the officer's defense of the unnecessary (to say the least) beating that they inflicted on that guy was even more unbelievable! There's no reason why 5+ officers needed to wail on him when he's sitting there motionless.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  40. Emma

    It's quite obvious that the suspect was unconscious. I don't understand this guy's logic. Was it really necessary for 5-6 officers to beat a guy who was just tossed out of a car like that?

    May 20, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  41. Linda

    Well the police brutiliy is questionable,
    Anderson the guy may appear to be lifeless, Could have been faking being unconsicous and then pull a gun or knife on one of the officiers. He was trying to run a Cop down, driving wreckless and could have possibly had hurt and killed bystanders. They did stop when they saw he wasn't moving. I don't know hard one to call but I don't think they should have been fired until a more investigating of the incident could have been made.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  42. Jasmine-Spokane, WA (Spokandyland)

    Oh Snap! Larry did not just pull that one on ya Anderson! yew were right, this is one funny piece of work...

    May 20, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  43. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    They all got their hit in now he may die according to the video tape.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  44. Dulcie - Denver

    Hey Anderson! The first pronunciation of my name was the correct one.


    May 20, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  45. Thomas Cares

    The officer's conduct in that video is appalling. Of course, the motorist's actions, intentionally striking the officer laying the spike strips was horrendous, but he is a thug; the state is not. The officers did what they did by the hands of the state, and the state needs to be above that.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  46. Genevieve M, TX

    I have no sympathy for the criminal in the Alabama car chase. It is well known that criminals in this country have more rights their victims.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  47. Anna

    This is outragous that anybody would defend police officers that are beating this guy when he is laying on the ground. They are not looking where his hands are. they are punching him, all of them.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  48. Michelle D . Fonthill. Ont

    Vey cool Anderson interviewing Larry are you indimated by Larry at all when interviweing an toher journalist?

    May 20, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  49. Jasmine-Spokane, WA (Spokandyland)

    Why are the police so corrupt right now, are officers just thinking they are above the law? In Spokane there are constant problems with the police...

    May 20, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  50. Ruby

    that dude was out cold , they could have handcuffed him right away, And you wonder why lots of people don't trust cops!

    May 20, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
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