March 8th, 2010
09:46 PM ET

Homicide in Hollenbeck: Join the AC360° Live Chat

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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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  1. Vivian - Mtl.

    Sarah Palin said her parents would go to Canada for health treatments

    March 8, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  2. Gail Duncan

    Washington, D.C. (N.E.) as well has been destroyed due to gangs and don't tell. I saw this destroy my parent's who were afraid to leave the house. It broke their hearts to live in such fear when it was such a great neighborhood when we moved there in 1962.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  3. A. Smith, Oregon

    There are some 290 bipartisan passed Congressional bills, some 80 of major importance which are being held up by the Republican Senators blocking all legislation from passing thru its chambers.

    The US Senate should pass all of its pending bills on a Up or Down vote of the Majority. That is a democratic option isn't it?

    March 8, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  4. john Laforme

    Anderson Cooper,
    Sir I was a police officer for more than 20 yrs.and I found the reason most people refuse to witness any crime is because they don't trust the police or they feel that the police can not protect them, The reason for this is because the police have little contact with the public , It's one thing to be a police officer and quite another to actually get out of your patrol car and have contact with the public.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  5. gary

    stop snitching t-shirts are for the weak people who buy drugs and get arrested and then put the person they bought the drugs from in jail usually a friend when the cop says their most popular sentence we can make your charge go away if you put your friend injail

    March 8, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  6. Jane - WI

    Doesn't Medicare deny a higher percentage of claims than do most private insurance companies?

    March 8, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  7. Dan-California


    I totally agree with you. Its there choice to become a gangmember and death comes with it.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  8. Fay-CA

    Great to see Wendell Potter back on 360.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  9. lori

    Hi Ed! Hi Anderson! Happy Monday!

    March 8, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  10. Jacquelinephowell


    March 8, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  11. Cindy

    No, no one is coming forward because they're afraid to die. Would you put your life at risk?

    March 8, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  12. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    "I am sure she meant well, but it did not come across that way!"

    March 8, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  13. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    You are absolutely right! Good point.

    Agreed! 🙂 LOL!

    March 8, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  14. A. Smith, Oregon

    More and more American's are beginning to realize how difficult the battle was that Hilary Clinton encountered in her attempts as First Lady to pass a health care reform legislation. There are Trillions of consumer dollars at stake for the corrupt AMA MD's, Big Insurance and Big Pharma who want the mega profits which they now enjoy.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  15. David, Indiana

    @Isabel, I wonder too if there is an anonymous tip line for witnesses to call if they are witnesses to a crime.

    @Starr It does sound and look like crime has been reduced in Hollenbeck according to the post on the 360 blog, I am wondering if the sense of community is beginning to take hold, but it needs to prevail. Good schools as Steve Perry notes is part of that.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  16. Devin

    Go Obama tell them straight!

    March 8, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  17. Nancy in Oregon

    Never, Jane. It's an entrenched way that Washington works. Not one person, the whole system.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  18. Dan-California

    As long as gangmembers kill eachother I have no problem with that...

    March 8, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  19. Karen, MN

    Hi Anderson, I can't believe that the gangs have such power. I grew up in a small town in Wisconsin. We didn't have gangs.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  20. Eddie

    Gangs only exist because we allow them. We need to crack down on gang members and reclaim our streets. We have troops giving their lives to protect our freedoms yet we allow this disgusting abuse of freedom. The price for being in a gang and committing crimes must out weigh the reward or it will never change. Wipe them out execute them if we must. This sounds radical it is. Use the level of violence they project against them.
    The understand fear and intimidation, I say give it to them.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  21. Emily


    "the latin culture in LA needs to become more a part of the American melting pot, English only, unified American culture, that's the problem"

    This is a good point that you posted here...I wonder if this also has anything to do with any families that are not legal immigrants?

    March 8, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  22. Frank

    I feel bad for what happened to this young kid, however, he had to had done something for that to happen to him. People living there their whole lives know about this, this gang violence has been going on for decades. I feel sorry for Mr. Bueno and his family, but my question is, why does he stay there? If he knows violence like he says he does, why doesnt he move somewhere else? Its never gonna stop, so the best thing to do is move away... before it happens again.. Thanks

    March 8, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  23. Nancy in Oregon

    I agree, Linda...the kids who come forward need to be protected.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  24. Derek

    Selling drugs for high profit is a root cause of street gangs. Since the war on drugs has been lost perhaps we should consider some form of legalization – it'll take the incentive away for street gangs to be so territorial and violent.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  25. Fay-CA

    Law enforcement may need to find a way to better communicate to people in the communities where Stop Snitchin' has taken hold that they wouldn't be taking a risk by giving out whatever info they know about a particular criminal act, but considering the lack of trust that many people in these urban communities have for the police, that's a very difficult task.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  26. Vivian - Mtl.

    @ John –You are so right!

    If you live by the sword you die by the sword.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  27. Eddie Bronson

    Anderson you are right, the police are not doing a good job, the cops don't live in the hood, don't care about the people in the hood and worse, things haven't changed in decades. It's been that same cycle and projects and ghettos around the nation figured this out many years ago. If a person report what they saw (snitch), who's going to protect them? I'm not saying it's right because it isn't but the reality is people don't have money to move when being threatned and the govt and/or police only show up when someone is dead or dying.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  28. Vig

    This past weekend there were 4 murders on the streets of Oakland California. Without even reading the reports – the immediate reaction is that these were 4 black men/teens probably killed by black men/teens. Then we have the usual reactions – there are not enough jobs, there is not enough opportunity etc. etc. The fact of the matter is this country has a segment of society that are plain and simple a "thug culture". Instead of selling t-shirts that say no snitching – they should be selling t-shirts that say Snitch All You Want and Stop the Thugs – Contribute to Your Community.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  29. Jane - WI

    What is up with the perpetual campaign mode that our President is in? When will the governing begin and the partisan campaigning stop?

    March 8, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  30. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Mike, formerly from Syracuse, "Steve Perry has it right; the parents are letting this warped subculture exist."

    I think Principal Perry is right about a lot of things!

    March 8, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  31. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    "That was so disrespectful, I am should that she meant well, but that was just wrong!"

    March 8, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  32. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I agree with your question, No. No one forward yet.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  33. A. Smith, Oregon

    The police are not going to guard a witness 24/7 year after year. And they'll tell anyone that asks them the same thing. People urging someone to get a midnight greeting by those gang members weeks, months or even years down the road is not being realistic about the long term risks on the witness's.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  34. Nancy in Oregon

    That's what I wonder, Vince....are there success stories? If so, study those closely.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  35. Cam

    Sad story. But, where was the family when Bueno was flashing gang signs in photographs, spraying his name in gravity all over the community and dressing like a gang member? When you join a gang, you run the risk of being gunned down. Why didn't someone intervene at the first signs of gang membership? Why call for action after he's dead? You can't tell me that family didn't have a clue!

    March 8, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  36. arthur

    Those you are gangmembers must make uo their minds to change or a short life is their choice..

    March 8, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  37. Linda, East End LI

    Get those kids out of the state, immediately. Take them undercover to an undisclosed place where they can be protected, so they will eventually cooperate. But they must be completely protected.

    This community must be shut down and gangs must be eliminated.

    period. (what would Ventura do)?

    March 8, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  38. Isabel Siaba


    That's the worst that can happen when the crime becomes commonplace or banal and people pretend that nothing is happening!

    March 8, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  39. Cessy-Chicago

    that was a weird moment!!! I thought for a while it was Kathy Griffin!! LOL!!!

    March 8, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  40. Nancy in Oregon

    Such a warped sense of reality in the gangs...probably mostly due to being raised and surrounded by such warped realities from the get-go.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  41. Sharon Hastings

    With all due respect to Steve Perry who I admire, he's assuming that many of these kids' parents care enough to know where they are or are not themselves drugs and alcohol abusers, etc. Furthermore, I think retribution for snitching is more than just fear. These are stone cold killers we're talking about. The reason there hasn't been much retribution is because there hasn't been much snitching.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  42. Sanjay

    the latin culture in LA needs to become more a part of the American melting pot, English only, unified American culture, that's the problem

    March 8, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  43. Emily

    @Jo Ann,

    I'd love to know how Father Boyle is doing also.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  44. Adelaide

    Good evening everybody!
    Looking forward to news on Haiti tonight!

    March 8, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  45. starr, formerly known as vincent

    Mr. Perry is so right..."urban terrorism" and cowardice.

    It is all of our civic duty to participate in our communities in a positive way...one way is reporting crimes, killers, rapists, etc.

    I do know what i'm taling about. I lived in Philadelphia for 13 yrs. There were several incidents that i reported and there were several crimes perpetrated on me.

    You Have to Stan Up.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  46. Cessy-Chicago

    The Kanye Moment! I thought for a while it was Kathy Griffin!! LOL!!!

    March 8, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  47. Bill

    I wonder where this "father" was when his son was growing up a gang banger? Sorry but interest in one's child should happen before something like this happens. Maybe a better home life and the kid would not have been bangin himself. No sympathy from me.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  48. Vince

    Good evening all.

    I am listening to the Hollenbeck story and it sounds like there is no way out for the gang members; almost hopeless. Is there any success story on how the forces of these gangs can be combated in communities?

    March 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  49. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Good point, No one forward see police at all, I think it was difficult to find him long time.... I think that there is no witness forward yet.

    March 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  50. Cessy-Chicago

    at my job, we deal with a lot of these juvenile delinquent...they think it's cool to be in a gang and dotn think about the consequences of their actions. for some, their parents are or used to be in a gang so they sort of dont have a choice. sad but true.

    I just heard yesterday from an old co-worker who now works at cook county jail. they just recieved one of our old clients, IN for murder of a rivel gang. he's only 18yrs old....

    March 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
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