Tag Archives: Rodney King

Just Getting Along

There was that time Los Angeles went up in flames. On March 3, 1991, a group of LAPD officers beat the crap out of Rodney King, a kind of goofy black construction worker. It was just a traffic stop but … Continue reading

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When Exhaustion is Progress

Things were hot out here in 1992 – on April 29, a jury acquitted four officers of the Los Angeles Police Department for use of excessive force in the arrest and beating of Rodney King. But everyone had seen the … Continue reading

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Now No One Can Breathe

No one should have been surprised, because geography matters. Staten Island is to New York City as Simi Valley is to Los Angeles – the smallest of the five boroughs, it’s predominately white, a bit isolated, and where all the … Continue reading

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Watching It Burn Again

Los Angeles was supposed to be nice – beaches and sunshine and the big stars up in Hollywood, and Malibu and the surfers just a few minutes up the coast. Everyone was tanned and pretty, and loose and relaxed and … Continue reading

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