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Los Angeles Riot Research Page

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LA Times Five Year Retrospective
Riots & Rebellion
Riots & Rebellion: Civil Rights, Police Reform and the Rodney King Beating is a multimedia casebook that situates the Rodney King beating and police reform in a broader legal political and social context. The book includes the usual fare of a traditional law school casebook with cases, statutes, and law review articles but also includes journalistic accounts of the civil disorders in 1992, portions of the play Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, and excerpts from Blue Ribbon reports which documented the need for police reform.
In an unexpected climax to a year of racial strife surrounding the alleged L.A.P.D. beating of Rodney King, a jury of six men and six women found the officers not guilty. The jurors were unable to reach a conclusion regarding one charge against Officer Laurence Powell, age 29, for using excessive force under the color of authority. A mistrial was declared by Judge Stanley Weisberg on that one count, with eight jurors voting for acquittal and four for a guilty verdict.
Arrests by Race
According to a May 8th Los Angeles Times article, titled, "Unrest Widens Rifts in Diverse Latino Population" written by, GEORGE RAMOS and TRACY WILKINSON.
Police Communications Transcript - Rodney King Arrest
Here is the transcript of computer transmissions between squad cars and the watch commander's office of the Los Angeles Police Department's Foothill Division beginning at 12:29 a.m. and ending at 1:17 a.m. on March 3--the morning Rodney King was beaten by officers at a traffie stop.
Lou Cannon of Court TV
The long saga of the Rodney King beating can be told in what seems to be a series of unfortunate coincidences and ironies.
Fires in My Hometown - Rebuild or Revenge?
Black Rage, American Politics, Brutal Cops
Black rage should be co-opted by the mainstream in such a way that the causes of that rage are eliminated. this will make america civilized.
Stan Chambers Remembers
Our helicopter whirled in a tight circle over Florence and Normandie in South Central Los Angeles. Pilot Mike Smith kept the ship at an almost constant bank.
Johnnie Cochran Profile