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. Michelle D. Fonthill .Ont

    I pray for the victim and his family and this is heartbreaking .

    October 1, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  2. Bill

    I recently saw a teenager wearing a t-shirt with a Sean John logo on it that said "Snitches Get Stitches". Is there any wonder that kids won't report what they know about crimes?

    October 1, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  3. Michelle

    That is good news resulting from the Iran nuclear talks.
    Let's hope things move in the right direction and the Iranians
    walk the walk.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  4. Amy

    On the violence. People blame the parents. The parents blame each other. The alderman blamed the police. The police blamed their 'intelligence'. The teens 'blame' each other and fight about it.
    So who is going to do something?

    October 1, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  5. andrew Black

    we need to be serious about how we feed our kids mentally , we say no drugs ,no sex before marriage, and no violence yet its in the music of the culture and as bill cosby said we have to stop blaming "THE MAN" and teach our kids how to live by the rules of an ordered society

    October 1, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  6. Steven from Taos

    Just another note. After seeing a Chicago police officer on CNN today denouncing the "code of silence" these youths follow I have to comment, believe me when I say this, the majority of officers I have known, it's more than a few, have no respect for those who turn states evidence(criminal on criminal) cops hate "rats" as much as criminals do. When citizens come forward at their own peril they are looked upon as a tool to get convictions and commonly not afforded even minimal protection.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  7. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Iran is just trying to delay inspection for as long as they can.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  8. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Failure to come forward out of fear is a bogus excuse. Someone could easily 'drop a dime' and make an anonymous call to the police to ID the people in the tape.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  9. Michelle D. Fonthill .Ont

    The music hip hop brings this culture of behavior .It sends out messages to the young people ,but i also agree that the parental issues are the reason for thier problems.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  10. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    If they were blackmaiing him, it was in the right period of time for couple dollars.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  11. Pam - San Diego, CA

    The police can only protect someone for a period of time. Where there is guns, dope and gangs. No one is safe.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  12. Emily

    @ Erica, The "Stop Snitchin'" campaign is really sad, however, what about the lack of the parents being involved in many of these kids lives?

    sounds like the victim had lots going for him.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  13. Ronald

    Erica I didn't realize that either. Here we find a grown man still playing childhood games. One thing I know for sure if the police put pressure on people (no coercion) they will talk. I pray for the family.....

    October 1, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  14. LisaL - Canada

    in cases like that Letterman extortion case, you also don't know if it was a setup. if someone will stoop to blackmail and extortion, it's not a very far step to add "setup"... he did the right thing.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  15. Cessy, Chicago IL

    I like David Letterman...what he does in his private life is none of my business. To me, he's a great entertainer...that's all I care.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  16. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    It will take a lot more than David Letterman having sex with two employees to boost Conan's dismal ratings. I wonder what Jay Leno will do with this story?

    October 1, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  17. Sharon Hastings

    Potentially good news concerning Iran. We could use some good news.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  18. Michelle

    The David Letterman situation happens in companies all
    of the time. If I am not mistaken Letterman is married to one
    of his former writers. They people he works closely with are
    probably the ones he trusts the most.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  19. Joe

    You know, south of I80, Chicago doesn't have too good of a reputation and this beating isn't doing anything to improve that. Violent, amoral punks running around beating one another and victimizing innocents doesn't exactly make for a great tourist destination.

    And the cops there: A thankless job for a low salary in a place that's expensive as hell to live (thanks to Democrat policies for the last bunch of decades). Dirty, beat-to-hell cars, and a terrible morale don't help appearances either.

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

    David Letterman only came forward beacuse of this extortion plot .He should never have had sexual relations with a member of his staff .

    October 1, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  21. Hans

    One thing that's sad with this situation is in the broader sense, that there is an entire generation growing up with the 'don't be a snitch attitude', who may pass that message on to their children one day.

    Something to look forward to in twenty years i suppose...

    October 1, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  22. Kelly Swanson- Harrisburg, PA

    I'm betting Letterman will beat Conan's ratings tonight

    October 1, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  23. LorenaR

    "Disappointed" is this evening's theme. disappointed at David Letterman, disappointed at continuing criticism of President Obama NO MATTER what he does (or where he goes), and disappointed that no one comes forward to stop the violence.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  24. william

    I heard that u guys think that if u get rid of hip-hop music that tells young people to stop snitching then that will help them come forward to cops. That is not true some times it is the way they're raised or if they have a gang affiliation. We need to look at the values kids are getting taught in the family and the neighborhood. Many are being taught no value for human life and there is the problem

    October 1, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  25. Stacy

    While I don't deny the stop snitching phenomenon is a big problem, I don't think we should discount genuine fear of retribution, as well as distrust that the police will provide protection. It was hard to tell because of the technical glitch, but it sounded like that young man in Joe's piece stated that he would be "jumped" if he snitched. Maybe the question we need to be asking ourselves is how do we make young men (and women) like that feel safe enough to come forward.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  26. David, Indiana

    @Isabel, today is your birthday month? Have a great birthday month!

    No rept on talks btwn Iran and US? As I understand it, negotiators are considering allowing Iran to send uranium to I believe France and Russia for processing so it can be then returned to Iran and used for medical purposes so Iran would then not need to have its own uranium processing plant.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  27. Rachelle C. San Francisco, Ca

    It is unfortunate that today's teens can not see the big picture. Although, poverty and greed plays an important part of why, all of this is happening. There is a way out, if the community leaders, parents and the teens would step up to the plate and take responsibility for an action of change it could happen. This is not only happening in the inner cities it is also in the suburbs. We all need a reality check !

    October 1, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  28. Michelle D. Fonthill .Ont

    How could they not know who did this crime with the cellphone camera they could produce it better image thw technologies are cabpable of that .

    October 1, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  29. starr, formerly known as vincent

    The majority of the blog has asked where are te parents re: Chicato murders of so many children.

    I Agree! I was very involved with my children when thery were in school from pre-school to graduation. That way, i at least had a handle on their teachers, the school environment and other parents.

    All parents need to b e involved with their children in ALL activities.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  30. Sain-R Jr.

    This is a very sad story. Unfortunately, I can remember being taught, "No one likes a tattletale" in kindergarten by my teacher. It started in school for most before hip-hop or another media outlet etc. taught us.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  31. Cessy, Chicago IL

    On David Letterman extortion...this is a private matter. He did what he needed to do right away when he found out about the blackmail. How long ago was this? wasnt he dating his wife for years before he married her?? I'm glad that this person is now caught and should be jailed.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  32. Dulcie - Denver

    I don't appreciate Lisa Bloom's moralizing about Letterman having sexual relations with members of his staff. We don't know the situation and that's a personal matter between him and his family. I like most of Ms. Bloom's insight, but the moralizing was unnecessary.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  33. ericacnn

    The "Stop Snitchin'" campaign never ceases to amaze me. Anderson's point about Busta Rhymes threw me - I didn't realize even he has not come forward to help solve the murder of a man who died protecting him.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  34. maryanne

    i don't imagine this news will be of much help in securing the olympics in chicago. i am sure alot of people would be concerned about their safety.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  35. Emily

    I wonder who Letterman's guests are for this evening.

    Letterman is the one that is making all the news, and it sounds like he is right from the start of his show this evening.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  36. Michelle D. Fonthill .Ont

    The nieghbourhoods are not going to have any peace unitl someone tells the truth .

    October 1, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  37. Sara

    The death in Chicago reminds me of the code of silence that has been included in many romanticised mafia movies. I wonder if a few decades from now, this too will be romanticised in film, thus making it more "acceptable" for the next batch of gangsters.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  38. Chali Jones

    There are real brothers who know what the word brother means. We came from an era when the word brother meant something.As black men we must take our neighborhoods back from the dope boys who only perpetuate self hate in the black community.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  39. Pam - San Diego, CA

    If one of those kids comes forward, they better be ready to move out of Chicago.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  40. Alpha

    it is sad but this is the reality of most inner city neighborhood..

    October 1, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  41. Gayle McCauley Malden,Mass.

    I was touched by the devotion and commitment that Mr.Perry gives to his students everyday.His segment on Black In America was one of my favorites.Every culture needs heroes to inspire our youth.He is truly one.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  42. Steven from Taos

    To snitch or not has been a part of the criminal life forever, what I don't understand is with the technology today one can pass info so easily without being traced but where are the good people and,yes, the students(who are the best at these technologies)?????

    October 1, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  43. PRussell

    Two things

    1. The young rapper indicated the solution and was shut down. Young people need purpose and dreams. They need jobs, which make men strong. They need programs directed towards their specific needs. Many of them have criminal records and are locked out of normal society because they have no hope for gainful employment.

    2. I think a part of the answer to Anderson question, WHY?, is rooted in community distrust of the police policy. When you live in a community where almost every family has had some family member involved in the criminal justice system, where police brutality and profiling is rampant, there are basic distrust issues. To change the dynamic this most be addressed.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  44. teresa, ohio

    Good for Letterman for standing up for himself.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  45. Emily

    The Jesuits say that your personality is formed by the age of 4years.

    The parents need to be involved in their children's lives, not only, however, esp. from the very start.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  46. Elaine

    I preach to people everyday on the importance of going to authorities. The more people continue listening to that "Don't Snitch "statement the worse our cities and town will get. The people that they let walk away will continue to commit crimes and it just might be your son, daughter grandchildren who get hurt by them. After that it will only get worse because they'll end up influencing others. There also needs to be an easier way to go to authorities without the whole town knowing. Maybe a system like blogging, twitter, or facebook.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  47. Michelle D. Fonthill .Ont

    They would need protection for thier comoing forward and naming who is responsible why won't the poloice do that ?

    October 1, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  48. Tye

    Hip Hop promotes this nonsense and let's stop making believe they don't. Gangster rap is bombarding our youth with garbage information and it's killing them. It's not the only reason for what's happening but it's certainly a big contributor.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  49. Theresa, Des Moines

    That pension is ridiculous- especially since he basically failed.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  50. Brian, a brother in Alpharetta

    Hi Anderson, Ericka, and everyone. Thanks for having Dr. Perry and Common on tonight. My idea of snitching is people who are doing crime together. When they caught, one tells on the others. Providing information to the police when you witness a crime that you have nothing to do with to help better your life, your community, and even your city or country is not snitching. I think we need to educate people on the true meaning of snitching to start.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
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