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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. Esma

    She's still a cute cat/kitten...I'll take one! Although, the Munchkin cats are hilarious...
    Goodnight, everyone!

    May 20, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  2. David, Indiana

    Good night Isabel, good night everyone

    May 20, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  3. Marilyn, Ft. Bragg CA

    Regarding the police chase...all due respect to the professor, but it is clear those officers were trying to punnish the man. Thank-you to the officers who had enough integrity to respect the law, even though they must have been very angry.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  4. Rebekah

    that kitten was SOO cute!!! hmmm i think there was probably a cat that was smaller sometime else... but if Guinness decide that she's the smallest then, well, i guess she is.

    very interesting show tonite, went by very quickly. looking forward to the special on tomorrow!

    goodnight Anderson and Erica!!

    May 20, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  5. Mike

    The obvious is clear: the police in this chase were hellbent on taking out their frustrations on the suspect and let their emotions take over- forgoing their training which would include approaching subject with guns drawn in case the suspect was going to fight back. The "expert' that gave his perspective was obviously not impartial even with facts in front of him on video. The ends do not justify the means!

    May 20, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  6. Lori from IL

    The Shot - Bitsy looks like my first kitten - many years ago.

    Anderson, contrary to popular belief, cats and dogs can be good friends.

    Good show tonight, Anderson - I liked the mix

    Good night all - until tomorrow....peace

    May 20, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  7. Dulcie - Denver

    Fabulous interview! Anderson wasn't kidding when he said it was funny.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  8. isabel

    Good night, Anderson!
    A good rest for you

    Good night, friends, bloggers!
    Good night, David, Indiana

    May 20, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  9. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    Loved the interview with Larry, Anderson. Look forward to seeing the rest!

    Have a great night, everyone.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  10. Wade

    I'm a paramedic and I have seen this done many times... When a crash like this happens the police are always jacked up and put their emotions first.... I've seen a trooper throw a 21yo girl on the hood of his car after she was in a car crash and unrestrained and acting crazy.... He didn't care for he health .... She could have had a head injury... Who knows???? Cops need to cool it... They get way to emotional ...

    May 20, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  11. Emma

    Great show. Have a good night everyone!

    May 20, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  12. David

    Honestly, are you kidding? It's clearly excessive force. Firstly, the lack of an attempt to even check if the suspect was alive, or for that matter at least give first aid, deeply shows that the officers were all in the wrong. Just ask any regular citizen then ask a cop or someone close to or in law enforcement if that was excessive force. The answers shouldn't suprise you. Anderson, let me ask you. Is that excessive force?

    May 20, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  13. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Thanks for the evening Anderson. Good night everyone!

    May 20, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  14. Kelly - Harrisburg, PA

    Dogs rule!

    May 20, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  15. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    Good night Anderson, Erica and fellow bloggers! Have a great night and a wonderful tomorrow! The weekend is just around the corner! And a long one at that! Chat with you all tomorrow!

    May 20, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  16. Christina

    How cute is Bitsy!! Good things come in small pkgs..she is a fighter too!! Good night guys!!

    May 20, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  17. David, Indiana

    @Heidi, that's cynical. The doctors want to help the child not hold eternally responsible for being an ingrate in your view.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  18. starr formerly known as vincent

    Good night Anderson & all of 360 team- another great show.

    Good night fellow bloggers, we're half way through the week!

    Love the shot, always love the animals.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  19. George Andriotis

    Cops were out of line. Period. The guy never moved for petes sake and they were pumelling him. And the expert wants to give them credit for walking away. The looks on their faces was like, oh no did we just beat up a dead guy.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  20. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    goodnite all!

    May 20, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  21. Jasmine-Spokane, WA (Spokandyland)

    See ya lator alligators! Have a nice night Erica and Anderson!

    May 20, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  22. Casey Jones, Palm Springs, CA

    Thank you bloggers. Have a wonderful Thrusday. Just looking at those cats makes me want to sneeze!

    May 20, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  23. don

    The officers in pursuit were obviously in a 50 mile adreneline rush and after observing one of their own almost mowed down by this moron...they reacted like most people in that position would have–even the best training cant take care of those intense feelings....I have nothing but disdain for the driver who was causing this problem...I hope he spends his life in prison...

    May 20, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  24. gayle mccauley Malden,Mass.

    Great show! Thanks! Goodnight everyone. Peace to all of you and yours.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  25. Kevin Ramage

    These Officers certainly show that training in these situations needs improvement. They attacked this individual maliciously, not to secure a suspect, but to take revenge on the suspects attempt to run one of their fellow officers down. It is pathetic and five officers lost their badge. Shame on them.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  26. Lori from IL

    Larry King is quite a character - Loved Jack Gray's blog!

    May 20, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  27. Fay - California

    I love how 360's covering all angles and giving cats equal time tonight after last night's nice segment with Jhumpa the pit bull.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  28. isabel

    It is sad to see that the children winning of the Oscar are suffering and are the very lucky

    May 20, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  29. al

    This is amazing...why do police cars have on them to protect and serve when more and more of them seem willing to do neither, at least not for the general public...

    May 20, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  30. Don, WA

    On Larry King – I wish my life were so fascinating that I could'nt re-call if I was in a limo or a cab when "gestured" by jessica hahn.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  31. Rebekah

    world's smallest cat?! AWESOME. i love cats! this is like "pet video week" or something. love it =]

    May 20, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  32. Larry Schulz

    Hey Anderson,

    First time checking out your blog... pretty cool idea. I like that you read them too!

    I have to say that police video is just a minor view in what really goes on. It almost looked like the one officer at the end of the shot is running over to the squad car to shut off the camera. This happens unfortunately all too often. Yes the suspect was endangering officers and inocent bystanders with his wreckless driving, but lets be honest..

    He was nopt moving...You could have run over, sit on top of him, and hand-cuffed him. Those blows to the head completely unnecessary. Just another example of people in higher positions abusing their power!

    May 20, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  33. Alex (NYC)

    I love Larry King's interview. Awesome and absolutely entertaining. No wonder I adore Mr. King. He is a persistent pursuer . What can I say, the icon and the man know what he wants. I salute you!

    May 20, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  34. Anthonia-califonia

    Great to see Anderson put Larry King on the hotspot!

    May 20, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  35. Heather - Spokane, WA

    I watched the interview with larry king last night and from hearing and reading the excerpts from the book Im going to buy it. I imagine I will be spending most of my time laughing

    May 20, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  36. Luis, Belmar, NJ

    This is outrageous! Under no circumstances is it necessary for the cops to attack someone like this. The man was just thrown from the van and was lying immobile on the ground. Regardless of what this man may have committed, the cops should NEVER have attacked him this way. If they were concerned, as this apologist of a guest suggests, that the suspect was still able to attack, they should have either jumped on him and cuffed him, or as Anderson said, approach cautiously with guns drawn until they reached him. Beating him senseless like they did was totally uncalled for and I am glad they got fired.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  37. Nick

    @ Karla S

    Why do you care if a law abiding citizen wants to carry their gun where ever? You wont even know that anyone is armed.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  38. Scott

    The trainer is justifying this incident based on unspecified others. Let's see those videos. The pictures speak for themselves. Yes, the guy is a criminal, but the cops, jacked up by the chase, put the boots to him, and it's wrong.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  39. Jasmine-Spokane, WA (Spokandyland)

    Must read Larry's book....

    May 20, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  40. Richard L Baron

    Is there any question as to why the on-duty police officer responds with violence when their "trainer" does not recognize violence when he sees it...?

    May 20, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  41. Kevin

    Concerning the police chase video:

    I think that videos such as this, causes more people to fear police arrest than their prison sentence. I think it's ridiculous to argue that this criminal was going to retaliate. It is very obvious that the cops were punishing him. There was no need to use this kind of force on someone so obviously immobile!

    May 20, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  42. Joshua

    That man completely ignored the question "What would you suggest"? He didn't want to blantantly promote the illegal position he was trying to allude to.

    Use of force is a matter of gauging the circumstance. It doesn't matter how long the man was in a car chase, that isn't justification for beating an unconcsious man. There is literally no legal justification for it. That's why, unlike so many other cases of police brutality, there was no "investigation" there was no "temporary suspension". They were fired. Because professional police understood what they were watching.

    That man Anderson interviewed was disgustingly deceptive.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  43. LisaL - Canada

    Larry King is one of a kind – and that is a very good thing. Lucky you to be able to know him!

    May 20, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  44. starr formerly known as vincent

    Jack Gray: Read your piece on Larry King...well done, informative and entertaining.

    Love the interview, you're right Anderson, it's very funny. looking forward to the rest.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  45. Emma

    That was a funny interview.....gotta love the King.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  46. karen

    i dont know about Daniels case and i only know my distrust of doctors. i have not seen a doctor in 4 years even though i have health insurance. last time i saw my doctor she told me that gaining weight during menopause is alright and wanted to put me on hormones. (horse pee) that has causes cancer and only relieved minor symtoms of menopause like hot flashes, mode swings, not weight gain, fatigue etc. i am sorry but i thing except for emergency medicine i think all doctors are in the drug companies pockets. push those drugs even if they make your patient sicker or kill them.

    May 20, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  47. isabel

    What a pity! I wanted more!

    May 20, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  48. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    This is an awesome interview with Larry! I bet it was pretty awesome interview to conduct! 🙂 I do still have to get his book but no worries I will get it soon!

    May 20, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  49. Carlos

    I can’t believe that the police trainer is defending with all force the actions of the police officers. What can you expect from future police actions with his training?

    May 20, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  50. Mohammed A.

    In this situations the police have the right to steer the suspect into
    a savior bath, but seems the guy had traveled in and out the highway
    or else there won't be this many officers as we saw in the chase.
    my only question is anytime you have a video like this Does the
    police have to realse it to the media to prove its point. on the charges
    or other issues thats a tough video to watch. god be with our officers
    and this guy earned his shot.

    thanks

    May 20, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
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