By Jeremiah Dobruck | [email protected] | Press-TelegramPUBLISHED: April 23, 2018 at 7:15 am | UPDATED: April 23, 2018 at 11:32 pm Christina Davis’ hands still shake when she talks about the night her son was killed. On Sept. 10, 2010, he had asked her to stop by his Central Long Beach apartment after she finished up her shift at work. Davis arrived just as a police car pulled up. Her son, 23-year-old Brian Humphries, was bleeding in the street. “After I got off of work and I drove up, he had already been shot,” Davis said. “He was lying there on the ground.” Today, more than seven years later, Humphries’ family continues to struggle not just with grief but from a lack of answers about why the accused killer was released on the eve of trial a year after his arrest. Police say they’re still investigating, but a frustrated Davis said she has been told little by authorities. Meanwhile, behind the scenes, conflict raged with law enforcement … [Read more...] about When Long Beach murder case falls apart, authorities trade blame while victim’s mother is left in the dark
How things fall apart
ATTENTION TO FAMILIES I agree with “Befriend those on the margins” (March 15). I would like to add this: Let’s trace back to the root cause of so much unhappiness, violence and opioid abuse. It is not the gun or knife or drug alone. Families are falling apart around us; individuals value their phones, social media and have a “me” mentality, to name a few problems. The result has been kids thrown aside to raise themselves, low self-esteem, depression, financial woes, tired and stressed individuals turning to harmful things for some sort of happiness or release, which has led us to the point we are at. We need to pay attention to our families, built them up with love, morals, sound judgment and self-esteem. Let them know not everyone is a winner, so they try harder next time. Try this: family meals, church, hugs, assisting someone in need. One last thing I’m curious about: How many of the people who walked out of school or protested then proceeded to … [Read more...] about Letters: Families are falling apart around us
click to enlarge Courtesy photo Hole-y shit. Today's legislators, and all those in power in recent decades, better hope nobody in the future invents a time machine. The temptation to come back and kill them, slowly and painfully, might be irresistible. That's because our entire nation is falling apart. It's largely their fault, and ours for not demanding better of them. And Michigan is falling apart worst of all. I don't mean morally or spiritually, though that may be very true too. (See Trump, Donald J.) I mean physically. Our infrastructure is collapsing. You know about the roads, of course; we all do. But it's not just the roads — it's everything. The current bunch of so-called leaders in Lansing have done nothing, by the way, to make the roads better — except a bullshit plan to provide $1.2 billion in "new money" by 2021 that will take half of that from the general fund, cutting spending for things like foster care, state police, and schools. But … [Read more...] about Everything is falling apart in Michigan
Produced by Paul LaRosa, Joshua Yager Ana Real, Ira Sutow, James Stolz, Alec Sirken and Avi Cohen In February, "48 Hours" went inside a Mexican prison for the only interview with Bruce Beresford-Redman, the American television producer accused of murdering his wife, Monica. The interview, recorded on a smart phone, is raw and gritty. Now, Beresford-Redman talks with "48 Hours" again in a new interview from behind bars as his trial remarkably enters its seventh month. The question is - is the case against him falling apart? For more than seven months, American Bruce Beresford-Redman, once a highly regarded reality TV producer, has been a prisoner in Mexico. "I've been here...almost seven months now...and I've been on trial that whole time and there's no evidence. It's very hard for me to understand why I'm still in jail," Bruce told "48 Hours" during a recent interview by phone. It's a painful reality for Bruce's anxious parents and his two young children. "In many ways, … [Read more...] about Is the case against Bruce Beresford-Redman falling apart?
The following is a script of "Falling Apart" which aired on Nov. 23, 2014. Steve Kroft is the correspondent. James Jacoby, Michael Karzis and Maria Gavrilovic, producers. There are a lot of people in the United States right now who think the country is falling apart, and at least in one respect they're correct. Our roads and bridges are crumbling, our airports are out of date and the vast majority of our seaports are in danger of becoming obsolete. All the result of decades of neglect. None of this is really in dispute. Business leaders, labor unions, governors, mayors, congressmen and presidents have complained about a lack of funding for years, but aside from a one time cash infusion from the stimulus program, nothing much has changed. There is still no consensus on how to solve the problem or where to get the massive amounts of money needed to fix it, just another example of political paralysis in Washington. Tens of millions of American cross over bridges every day without … [Read more...] about Falling apart: America’s neglected infrastructure