Program Note: Five years ago we reported on gang violence in the Los Angeles community of Hollenbeck. This week, all week, we follow up on the neighborhood. Through the eyes of cops, criminals and crusaders, we witness the corrosive effects of violence and what's being done to prevent it. We take you inside the investigations of homicides as they unfold in a community where 30 percent of all killings remain unsolved. AC360° at 10 p.m. ET.
Milton Bueno looks outside his bedroom window toward the drive way where his son Steven was shot and killed.
Hollenbeck sits 15-square miles east of downtown Los Angeles. Although nearly one-third of its residents live at the poverty level, and unemployment is twice the national rate, Hollenbeck is a vibrant predominately Latino community. Faith is a central part of the community, traditions run deep and ‘mom-and-pop’ stores line the streets.
But there is another side of Hollenbeck, often invisible to outsiders. It’s a place where every block is claimed by a street gang. Police and prosecutors often call gang crime a form of terrorism — because gangs use violence to intimidate entire communities.
While gang-related homicides declined 60 percent over the past seven years, LAPD detective Dewaine Fields has seen gang crime go up and down. Fields has spent more than 10 years supervising the LAPD’s Hollenbeck gang unit. He said he was not surprised when five people were murdered in a single week last summer.
Tonight on 360°, we take you back to Hollenbeck, an area in L.A., where we brought you a documentary on gangs five years ago. Has the stop snitchin' code changed? Plus, we're keeping them honest in Haiti. As the rains pour down in Haiti, thousands of quake survivors still don't have tents to stay dry. Why? We'll talk to the Red Cross.
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Five years ago we spent months talking to police and gang members while reporting in the Hollenbeck division of Los Angeles. It’s a place where thousands of young men and women were – and still are – members of gangs.
There is a long history of gangs in Hollenbeck, some current gang members have grandfathers who were once involved in La Vida Loca, “the crazy life.” Since then, gang killings have dropped in Los Angeles, and we wanted to return to Hollenbeck to see what’s happening there now.
We tracked down some of the gang members we talked to five years ago, and re-connected with cops and social workers who are trying to reduce the strength of gangs in the neighborhood.
But even though killings are down, we found that the code of silence is still strong in Hollenbeck, and it’s letting people get away with murder.
Police can only do so much to solve crimes, they need citizens to come forward and report what they’ve seen and what they’ve heard. Too often that doesn’t happen in Hollenbeck.
Tonight we’ll show you a drive-by shooting, caught on tape, but months after the murder, it remains unsolved. A young man shot to death in front of his friends, but none of them will stand up and point a finger at the killer. Homicide in Hollenbeck starts tonight on AC360° at 10 p.m. ET.
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“Social networking media is going to change the world!”
How many times have you heard that in the past year? Probably too many to count – especially if you’re an avid AC360° viewer who uses Twitter and Facebook regularly.
But I bet even the most jaded techies among you will feel good about this story: This past January, the folks at Malaria No More and their partners distributed the first of more than 89,000 malaria nets in the Saraya and Velingara health districts in Senegal.
“The most effective tool for preventing malaria in Africa is a $10 mosquito net. A family can sleep under it, and it protects them from the mosquitoes that spread malaria at night,” explains Malaria No More CEO Scott Case.
By distributing those nets, Case’s group hopes those parts of Senegal could become some of the first in the entire continent to reach “Universal Coverage” – where every single person is able to sleep under a mosquito net.
Pres. Obama is making his final push for health care reform. "It's time to make a decision. The time for talk is over", Obama said today in a speech at Arcadia University outside Philadelphia.
Two Democratic leadership aides tell CNN that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, will aim to have her chamber pass the Senate's health care bill by March 17.
Though, many House Democrats aren't happy with the Senate's bill. But if there are 216 votes for approval in the House the next step would be revisions to the Senate bill through a process known as reconciliation. Then the bill can be approved by a simple majority of 51 votes in the Senate. That tactic is needed since Democrats lost their filibuster-proof, 60-seat Senate majority when Massachusetts voters elected Republican Scott Brown to replace the late Sen. Edward Kennedy.
Tonight on the program you'll hear all the angles on president's message.
We're also keeping them honest in California where one state agency is going on spending spree, while the state is going broke.
We also begin our week-long special series "Homicide in Hollenbeck". Five year ago we took you to the Los Angeles area for a documentary about gangs. We decided to go back to see if anything has changed. We found out about a killing last September caught on tape and witnessed by several people, but no one is talking to police. We look at this dangerous code of silence that continues and you'll see why it's a danger to all of us.
Join us for these stories and much more starting at 10 p.m. ET. See you then!
Editor's Note: We're reporting on the situation in Haiti tonight. Check out this photo gallery of the situation on the ground. AC360° 10 p.m. ET
Haitian women hold candles during a Mass on March 8 2010 in Port-au-Prince in memory of those killed in the January 7.3 earthquake that left than more 222,000 people dead and 1.2 million people homeless.
Haitian president Rene Preval(L) welcoming Canadian Governor General Michaelle Jean March 8 2010 in Port-au-Prince.
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When Alec Baldwin closed out the Academy Awards on Sunday night by slapping director Kathryn Bigelow squarely on the backside, that pretty much said it all.
It was Ladies' Night in a Boys' Town.
Yes, the opening routine by Baldwin and Steve Martin was very funny; there was sincerity and genuine gratitude from many of the winners; despite weird digressions into arcane areas like sound recording, the program moved briskly enough.