July 23rd, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 07/23/09

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Tonight, we have breaking news on the Michael Jackson death investigation. 360's Randi Kaye has uncovered what authorities took from Jackson's doctor's office in Houston. We also have new insight on Jackson's last days.

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  1. Donna Orsborn, Las Vegas, NV

    I have really enjoyed watching the specials on AC360, good job Anderson and staff.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  2. Yvonne (Ottawa,Canada)

    Refreshing to hear the thoughtful, intelligent remarks by Professor Boyce Watkins. Would like to see him more frequently on CNN. Watched Black in America. Excellent ! Kudos to Soledad O'Brien.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  3. Fay - California

    I'm still amazed about the success of the principal who was featured on BIA2 and was a guest on 360 last night – if I remember correctly, the students who attended his school ALL end up headed for college. That is truly remarkable. Geoffrey Canada is another person who has contributed an enormous amount to young African Americans and should be commended for it.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  4. Chris

    People saying it it wrong for the president to speak out. I disagree. Problems don't go away because you sweep under rug. First George Bush should have spoken out after Rodney King beating. You don't wait for tensions to simmer and boil over. George the first did speak out but it was to late when part of the city had burned down and many people are dead.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  5. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Soledad O'Brien is doing great job "Black in America"! Go girl!!! Congrats Soledad!!!!

    July 23, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  6. Raine, Syracuse

    My hubby is a retired NYPD cop- a black man. And just about everyday he got cursed out by folks out there in the field. You simply can not go around arresting everyone who mouths off at you. If my hubby were to arrest EVERYONE who had said something offensive, stupid and crazy to him all of his time would have been spent at work filling out arrest paper work- he would never come home. Police work is also common sense- if someone like Prof Gates- not a physical threat is mouthing off at ya- you simply leave him on his front porch stewing. You dont take the old man to jail

    July 23, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  7. Sean- Brooklyn, NY

    The mere fact that Michael's doctor requested 1 Million dollars a month to treat him shows his character. Even though he reduced his rates to $150,000 what would make someone with good judgement continue to remain under his care. There must have been something illegal that he was willing to do for Michael that would make him continue to use his services. I just wish Michael would have sought other options. I hope justice is served in his favor.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  8. Kim Florida

    I agree with Diana the former police officer. From what I experienced tonight the officer that I dealt with certainly had an ego trip going on. He certainly ruffled his feathers and showed me that he had powers that I did not have.

    By the way, I am a white female in my 40's.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  9. Joe Terrogano

    Any time kids are learning and achieving, it is a very good thing. I wish all kids had good educations, motivated teachers, equipped schools, and involved parents. This is the future of this country. Not the stock market, corporations, or banks. The farther our kids fall behind in the sciences, the weaker our country becomes. EVERY CHILD should have the opportunity to excel and learn.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  10. Tracy Carnahan, Bothell WA

    Whenever a black man is arrested, he immediately claims racism. Forget the fact he was doing 90 in a 30 zone. Forget the fact he just robbed the local 7-11. Forget the fact he just sold some crack to a young kid. Forget the fact he just raped an innocent woman (black or white woman). Forget the fact he just stole the car he was chased in. Forget the fact he just shot and killed someone. Nah, forget all that. Man, he's black so the ONLY reason the police arrested him was because he was black and it had nothing, nothing at all to do with the crimes he just committed. Ya, OK. Just like the incident with Mr. Gates. His arrest had nothing to do with Mr. Gates' conduct and actions and the ONLY reason he was arrested is because he was black. Ya, the officer saw Mr. Gates was black and said to himself, you know what, this man is black so I am going to arrest him no matter what. Ya, OK. Sure. The officer performed CPR on Reggie Lewis (black man) and teaches racial profiling at the Academy. Ya, he is racist. This is absolutely crazy. Instead of talking about racism on this incident, the main topic should be about why a man of Mr. Gates' professional status, education, and background, behaved as inappropriately as he did. Race should not even enter the discussion. His actions and the the results of his actions should be the focus. Race had nothing, nothing to do with this at all. Nothing.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  11. shaneen

    The attitude displayed by Gates was very arrogant, which leads me to believe that he is guilty. I feel that Obama gave his opinion on the matter according to what knowledge he had at that time.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  12. Roziana Lachance

    Good evening Mr Anderson,
    I just wanted to say that all these revelations about Michael Jackson's death is very sad and heartbreaking. My heart goes out to his kids. Sad but true! we are not hearing aboutall the good deeds that Michael Jackson did for the poor, the sick and the children all over the world. I sincerely hope that one day there will a documentary on his good deeds. Thank you so much.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  13. Tom, CA

    I question the purpose of the disorderly conduct code Mr. Gates was charged with and how it applies in your own home. I feel that if a person wants to have a mental melt down, theirs no better place than in your own home. It appears to me that the officer intentionally persuaded Mr. Gates to take his outraged behavior outside so he could effect an arrest.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:49 pm |
  14. Sabrina In Las Vegas

    Without health, you can't achieve a lot of the other things.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  15. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Jeff Canada is right, if a child has a sound mind and body they have a better chance to succeed.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  16. Sharron


    Someone should check the facts. It's a minor point, but I don't think Gates actually owns that house in Cambridge. The original statement from his attroney, Harvard Law Professor Ogletree, indicated one of Gates' responses was to call Harvard Real Estate to request that the door be repaired immediately. Owners often call contractors to arrange repairs of their properties. Independent of ownership, does Professor Gates' presence on the property give him the right (even with free speech taken as a given) to insult a person who arrived on the scene to attempt to confirm the property was secure? I'm an African-American female and get a bit concerned about carelessly asserting racism. In 1993, Professor Gates claimed his experience at Duke University was the most racist of his professional career. There is racism all over the country, but must we declare it publicly at every opportunity?

    July 23, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  17. Marie

    @ John, you are missing the point. When Dr. Gates was arrested, the Officer knew he was the homeowner without a doubt. There was an exchange of words that resembled two childhood boys fighting on the playground. It has only become a National debate because two grown men would not let egos go and the Officer took advantage of his authority. and arrested him. He knew the system/procedure would protect his decision and Dr. Gates is offended at this point and the Nation is leaning on race. I will admit that it probably would not have gone this far if we were speaking of two white men.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  18. chantinell

    @Jon its great you have friends of all races-however being 24 years I wouldn't expect you to truly understand. White people never had to run to anyone because they were always then and the majority now in position of power. The next time you want to know how deep rooted racisim is read the book on Emmit Till. (spelling) The only difference between then and now is the law won't kill you for whistling at a white woman. Racism is alive and well and we are all paying for it some of us more than others.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  19. dean c ny

    all types of race are arrested by the crime they COMMIT not by the color of their skin it all starts by the way that person is raised and disaplined by their parents. My parents never used or taught us the 'N" word I have never used that word and I teach my kids the same and never say HATE in my house it is all negative and is a disgrace. Our children are the leaders and parents of the future teach them RIGHT AND WRONG case closed

    July 23, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  20. starr formerly known as vincent

    Diana SC –

    Your comment make a good point. It could be that simple...and is very likely a large part of what happend. However, for those who have had experiences like Dr. Gates, it is still touchy regarding racial issues.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  21. June

    Hello! I think the docter is guilty, and he is using his pass addiction, to cover up what he did to Michael he is suppose to be a caregiver caregivers don't worry about money he's suppose to worry about his well being he's wrong, and he need to be arrested, with no slack.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  22. Mando, Laredo,TX

    We would have needed a transcript of the incident to figure out whether the Prof of the Policeman was rude first. After that, it seemed to have rolled downhill.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  23. Shamiko

    The only people who are "sick of hearing about race issues" are people who've never experienced race issues.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  24. Diane Haynes

    C'mon, LaToya going to look for bags of cash? Now who would actually know that? This is just ugly.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  25. Tyrone

    I'm an african american man living in washington dc and know racial profiling on a personal basis and can tell you from my multiple
    experiences that this is in no way racial profiling against mr. gates and trying to justify mr. gates innocence by stating because he showed identification showing that he live there, you have to remember that several law enforcement officers have been shot and killed by people in their own house also disorderly conduct is disorderly conduct whether it's in church, in school or in your own home until we get it right we'll never rectify it.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  26. Elliott

    Boyce Watkins reminds me of the typical “Uncle Tom.” There's always someone amongst us as African Americans who is willing to justify the actions of the oppressor to where our oppression is somehow our own fault. I was just amazed that he could pursue his line of reasoning with a straight face. Even with the facts we do know, there is no justification for Dr. Gates being arrested in his own home unless he physically assaulted the officer, and there is no evidence of that. Sgt. Crowley, if he was as experienced as some claim, should have given Dr. Gates his name and badge number, apologized for the inconvenience and then walked away, no matter what Dr. Gates might be uttering verbally to him.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  27. Pam

    Crowley is no expert on racial profiling regardless of the class he taught because he can never explain what it feels like to be any other race when your'e the person being profiled.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  28. Erica

    On a more positive note I am so inspired by Black In America 2 and I hope not only African Americans, but all races watched this program to see the positive things we are doing instead of the saturation by the media of all the negative things.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  29. ann richards

    The police officer did not arrest the professor for break and entering; rather, the officer decided to arrest the professor for disorderly conduct in his own home. If you eliminate the race of the parties involved one must acknowledge that these events are troubling. The officer abused his authority. The white officer would not tolerate the perspective of the black professor even though he was trained to do so.
    Racism and abuse of authority – not a new problem in America.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  30. omar hanson

    how did the person get to capture the news reporter naked in her hotel room

    July 23, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  31. Dave


    This unfortunate event with Dr. Gates and the patrolmen is good for our country. It emphasizes the perceptions of police actions according to race in America. Hopefully this will generate a positive dialogue.


    July 23, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  32. Marsha Johnson

    Why has it taken 3-4 weeks for police to search this docs clinic and storage space or whatever? From the moment I heard Michael Jackson died, I immediately thought it was that doctor or unintentionally killed me via overdose.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  33. joycej

    this man was in his house...

    July 23, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  34. Lori, IL

    Caught the last part of BIA 2 tonight - I applaud Mr. Canada. Childhood obesity is a problem for all children. Thank you Mr. Canada and CNN for showing that something can be done to address this issue.......

    July 23, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  35. Ellen Ford

    How long has the professor lived at that address? We all love a neighbor who will call the police when something look suspicious. How long has the neighbor lady lived next door and did she know the professor? Didn't she report two black guys with hoodies on with black back packs? What happened to them? Did she or the police officer fear that the professor was in danger from the black guys dressed in black hoodies? How were the professor and the driver dressed? Just some questions to be asked.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  36. betty

    teaching a class about racism does not free you of your racism...helps you to controll it..the professor's intellect was much to much for the poor fellow...maybe thought the professor would trace his roots (moors maybe)

    July 23, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  37. eleanor coombs, ga.

    Fitness for kids in every school in this country....make that the beginning

    July 23, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  38. Minou, New York City

    I live in Harlem and don't ever touch fast food. They can get their food elsewhere. It's not the fast food industry's fault. People make choices. Make smart choices and don't buy fast food and you will see those "restaurants" disappear from Harlem!

    July 23, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  39. Jay Myatt

    The story on the reporter mentioned disabling the webcam on your laptop because a Trojan Horse can take control. That is true however it means that you have not kept your Anti-Virus, Spyware software uptodate. It is very easy to do and does not cost a lot to do. If you cannot afford the software then you should not be using the computer in the first place.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  40. williams

    We are talking about exactly just that. This is a perfect example of racial profiling. Gates is not a criminal, and I don't think fits the description of a criminal. he's not even a young Black man. A man of his age should not be harrassed by no one much less on his own property. If Gates was an old White man, no matter what he said to the police they would have never arrested him.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  41. Zackery Melson

    Whoever videotaped the ESPN reporter needs to be labeled a predator and made to live outside of our communities.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  42. Suvro, AC360°

    Hey a quick program note: We have a 360 special tomorrow night at 10 p-m eastern...America's High...dont miss it!!

    July 23, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  43. Julian

    This was an unfortunate event especially in light of the recent events highlighting the problem of race in America. I hope that the Professor and the Officer seeing such a headline, 'Nation Divided', realize the immense responsibility they each bear. I will like to see them put differences aside and come together in a show of support and respect for what they each represent..

    July 23, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  44. Elsa

    The Professor Gate's story is very fascinating, especially how we get to hear two different stories and yet they're suppose to be the same!

    July 23, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  45. John

    The Gates story . . . the officer should have walked away after Gates produced documents that he lived at the residence. He claims to have all the knowledge and training one needs to diffuse that situation.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  46. kirsten

    I dont fully think that they are telling the whole story about what happened between the cop and gates.I think there is more to the story.But that's just my opinion.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  47. mattlo

    Social profiling is an issue but I believe that the incident with Dr. Gates was was not a case of social profiling. It was more likely a breaking the officer's tolerance with Mr. Gates anger.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  48. Val

    I feel for both the Officer and the Harvard Prof. I've been on both ends of this situation. Go figure.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  49. Ruby Coria LA., CA.

    That tape stuff is scary.. we don't know whos watching any more. I say we put camaras to watch congress, what is going on with them?

    July 23, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  50. Dawn

    Maybe he should leave it alone, because people enjoys taking things out of context. I am sure he was not referring to the officer as stupid

    July 23, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
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