October 1st, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 10/01/09

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Tonight, we're keeping them honest in Chicago. A student is beaten to death. It's caught on tape. But cops say no one is coming forward with tips. Why is this happening? Plus, a confession from a former prosecutor with ties to the Roman Polanski case.

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  1. Greg Ontario Canada

    Schools do play a role, teachers are more than just babysitters, they are professionals and experts in children. Many parents are not, indeed several of the parents that we expect to teach morals and take responsibility may have been students like those in the video.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  2. Michelle D. Fonthill .Ont

    I don't think the parents know what thier kids are doing .That's the problem thaey should be more aware of it .

    October 1, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  3. Jesse

    Common is an artist of amazing depth and insight. I would have liked to have seen more of him, and heard more of what he had to say on the subject.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  4. Linda J.

    Good Evening, Anderson! I think it is horrible that no one will come forward with any information. Perhaps they are too scared they will be next. But, there are ways they can give out information – they could mail the info to the local police or call the anonymous hotline from a payphone. I think that "not snitching" is really going to work on their heads because eventually their conscience will get the better of them. Out of all those kids displayed on that cell phone video, there WILL be one or two brave ones to come forward. I would like to think there are those who do have a heart and will not want to see another one of their friends killed. BTW, I love your show!

    October 1, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  5. Adrienne55

    The hardest thing for people who would never live in those neighborhoods because of the crime, hollar foul! Don't you think those parents are afraid too!

    They would need witness protection & security for their family if they testified against these thugs. They would be ostracized. People would be happy that they did but would be scared to be connected in anyway with them.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  6. Michelle D. Fonthill .Ont

    Daviid Letterman should have known better than to get invbloves with his staff in that manner .He set himself up for this .

    October 1, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  7. Jessica

    In Milwaukee, WI several years ago, a similar incident occurred where a student waiting for a bus was beaten and killed. A witness came forward and was also killed. I don't know more details, it was a small story with little coverage (also low-income neighborhood), but I think the question is not, where are the witnesses, but where is the police protection for the witnesses? The retribution they live in fear of is real.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  8. Carolyn

    You are right about the detrimental effects of the "No Snitching" movement. However, it's not just a product of the inner-city counterculture. The same mentality has permeated local police forces for as long as I can remember. Calling it the "Blue Wall Of Silence" doesn't make it any more honorable.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  9. Dale North

    Your guest Principle Perry is an incredible human being !!
    He deserves to be you CNN Hero every year of his life.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  10. charles reed

    What happen in Chicago South Side is that it is a ghetto, and ghetto around the world produce violent acts. What you can't understand about calling the police is because they couldn't stop the first murder, what going to stop them from killing the people who inform the police. Poverty is the real killer here and until these area have hope there is not future. How long did it take to stop Mafia gang warfare in Chicago? remember a guy name Al Capone.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  11. Shannon


    The whole stop snitching mentality is impressed upon the black community as a true way to "keep it real". If you tell on someone even if it's the right thing to do, you are labeled a "sell out" to your race and your community...and because many of the black youth want and need to belong to something...anything, they don't talk.

    Kids that grow up in stronger homes where they are loved and supported don't worry about "keeping it real" and "selling out" because they don't have that NEEDY feeling and sense of belonging that many others who don't grow up in a strong home do.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  12. Michelle

    Just for the sake of argument what is these kids have
    parents who are both working . In this economy things'
    are tough and they have to support their families.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  13. Emily

    $53 million ....that's tough!

    October 1, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  14. David, Indiana

    Good evening Anderson, Erica, Isabel, everyone. Totally surprised by the Letterman story, glad they caught the person trying to hold his personal business over his head for their own gain. Good sting, sorry he had to go through that.

    I feel like Joe Johns rept was cut short.

    Thoughtful and thorough discussion with Steve Perry and Common. Tragic to think that Derrion Albert lost his life because those who attacked him don't care about theirs, and I'm sure Common is right about kids in that area wanting things to do afterschool so they don't get sucked into trouble. There's a community in that area that with a more peaceable atmosphere would be thriving.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  15. Rich

    Regarding the statement that Parents don't fight for their kids when the schools are bad. We had the experience of a school where our son was put in a class where the kids could not read (he had been reading since before kindergarten). We moved to another school district. Now our son, a Dartmouth grad, is a teacher in Teach for America and will be going to med school in a couple of years.

    The problem is that we had to move in order to get what we needed. Not all parents can afford to move. Many parents may be working two jobs just to get by. It is easy to blame the parents but sometime the schools take advantage of parents who have very little time available to "fight" for their children

    October 1, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  16. Joey

    Doris they did speak about the parents , and school is not a small part of kids lives. Kids send at least 8 hours and many more there.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  17. Eric Castillo

    It's not that its become a code of street to not snitch in Chicago, but it's more a code of survival. That's where the confusion lies. There are always witnesses, but its the fear of being another victim if you speak out. Unfortunately, not even the police respect your choice of anonymity. This is the sad truth.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  18. ericka

    hi, anderson
    Our childtren are not being raise at home, ,Most of these kids are suffering from a loveless life. They don't have a clue what it take to live a life of fulfillment. Parent are just not stepping up in all areas of their lives. And what ever happen to it takes a village to raise a child..

    October 1, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  19. Danon


    I am a self employed small business owner in Houston, Texas. I want to express my concern regarding the Chicago incident. Thank you for making this story news worthy. This is a larger issue than just one community. This attitude is reflected in our country as a whole. These young people have low expectations, provided to them by their parent('s), community, church leaders, political leaders, teachers, and the police.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  20. Avis

    Have the police asked adults who work at the community center to identify any of the youth in the video? How about asking the teachers at the school?..... bet they could come up with some names.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  21. Emily

    There's news about Iran?

    October 1, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  22. Michelle D. Fonthill .Ont

    The parents of these kids are the problem they are not giving thier kids what they need at home and they go out and cause all of this violoence .

    October 1, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  23. Marquita

    What must be going on these communities to were these kids feel like they cannot trust the police? The change needs to come from the community, and education should be the top priority if we as a nation hope to see any change within our society, or we live in a fearful oppressive, and racist nation.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  24. melissa

    I STEPPED FORWARD LAST YEAR WITH A VIDEO of a group of young black males beating each other with bricks and one was sent to the hospital. THEIr mothers threatened mmy life in front of detectives annd i had to be hidden at the 23d district. Noone took the video. Never again.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  25. Gabriel

    In my veiw, snitchin is more related to drug life rather than hip-hop
    keep drugs off the streets maens less violence

    October 1, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  26. adrian brown

    The problem simply is that we have forgotten that education in this country is not only reading,writing,math,etc.but its the education of community involvement,respect,and family values.When we put our children and community first we can finally take it back from the "stop snitchin" lowlife advocates.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  27. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    This isn't the fault of the schools. This is a choice by the people involved. The police should withdraw and let it be. When enough people die, maybe they'll wake up and stop it.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  28. Jerry

    "Don't Snitch" was not meant for criminals, they just stole it. It was said by our mothers back in the 60's and 70's so we wouldn't tell Mom every little thing our brothers and sisters did.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  29. Michelle D. Fonthill .Ont

    The snitching factor is just a bullyin g tactic to not rat out the gang members and to scare people it's so wrong and it's tragic and sad this is still happening .

    October 1, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  30. wendy

    Children killing children is SO SAD!!!!! Children beating up children is SICK.. We as a nation to come together and help the children... we are in crisis....!!!!

    October 1, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  31. Sarah

    i'll say that the parents in that community whose children saw what happened and are saying needs to understand that it could have been their child so people need to talk about what they see and know

    October 1, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  32. Michelle

    Anderson you have to realize people will upload
    people being beaten all of the time on Youtube.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  33. James

    This kind of stuff happens all the time in Chicago. I'm 28 and the first time that I seen mob action in Chicago was when I was 13 years old. 20 teens jumping on 1 guy, but thank god the guy got away. Keep on the story, there is allot of bad things going on in Chicago drugs gangs etc. And every one seems to look the other way,

    October 1, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  34. Fatou

    I'm seventeen years old and I go to an urban public high school. I know a lot of people who are in different enviroments and are associated in gang and drugs. I see first hand that the main problem is that parents don't play a major part in the lives of these kids. Growing up without having people in your life without drive does have a major affect on they way that these teens are brought up.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  35. Luris

    This is just all wrong
    Im also a african american student and if i had saw someone beaten to death and die right in front of me, black or white, i would call the police.

    Imagine if it was you who were being beaten to death, wouldnt you want somone to witness for you, for the sake of your family and our community???

    October 1, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  36. Domenic

    I agree that the parents are also to blame to some extent, but look at some parents today, they also don't stand up and talk to police when questions are asked.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  37. Sandy

    These kids need a future and to believe you will have a future, you need to have hope. We are all responsible to help out this generation of young people, we need to help them have a vision.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  38. Emily

    People need to speak about the lack of influence of the parents over the music. That is the real story here...
    These kids were not famous, etc.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  39. bob

    It is a simple safety matter, Witnesses don't feel safe- kids join gangs to feel safe- throw out all your midnight programs,etc and arrest gang members- need support from black community and not criticism(racial profiling) when they do target gangs.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  40. Mike

    The main point is that there is no protection from the police to people who testify in these cases. Would you risk your life to do what you are asking to do?

    October 1, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  41. Marci

    What ever happened to parental responsibility? Did their parents not school their children? The parents ARE NOT doing their jobs

    October 1, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  42. Avis

    It was very upsetting to hear of this young boys beating death... what was truly outrageous for me was when the news man said there has been 30 school aged children murdered in Chicago this year! Truly disturbing... even for us in Las Vegas.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  43. Doris

    Your guest says failed schools are responsible for problems with kids in the community. Where are the parents? the churches? the programs that are supposed to help? Teachers are not responsible for the values of your children. They play a small part but parents are ultimately responsible.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  44. terri

    Our youth take the lyrics and messages in rap, hip hop or any music as gospel. We NEED all these artist to "really" speak to our kids about this nonstop violence. They obviosly have a great influence over them now, let them work to stop this violence.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  45. Rodney Baton Rouge, LA

    What ever happened to the concept of personal responsiblity?

    October 1, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  46. Joey

    The reason people do not say anything is because they feel that no one will protect them if they do. This is very sad.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  47. Benjamin Jordan

    Parents need to take responsibility for what their kids are watching and listen to. It is too easy to point the finger at hip-hop, we need to point the finger at the school systems, parents, and urban life in America.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  48. kenny

    Anderson it's sad but it's so true many people think that snitchin is wrong. but its say that no one will come out because they don't want to get kill

    October 1, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  49. richard gernstein (sunland,california)

    family values.....start with the family...and school....ignorance is the bottom line...where was law enforcement...interesting...

    October 1, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  50. Maryam N

    I find it sad that no one is coming forward, and the others that stood by to watch, I do pray they live with the burden and wieght of guilt for the remainder of their lives. This should be an eye opener to artists in the urban music industry to produce and compose positive messgaes through thier music.,

    October 1, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
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