WASHINGTON -- In July 1991, a California appeals court unanimously agreed to move criminal proceedings against four police officers charged with assaulting Rodney King out of Los Angeles. The videotaped beating of the 25-year-old black motorist had already set off racial tensions nationwide. Show More Summary
"History has its place," former D.C. Det. Willard said, but L.A. Riots have no place in film about L.A. rappers
Tenor saxophonist Kamasi Washington sits on a couch in the middle of South L.A.'s Central Avenue. Since closing the Central Avenue Jazz Festival 30 minutes earlier with the Ryan Porter Group (one of many billings that features the collective known as the West Coast Get Down), Washington has posed for...
With the dash-cam video of Sandra Bland being forcibly removed out of her car, simply because she refused to put out a cigarette, some context is needed in regards to similar tragedies spanning from Rodney King and Trayvon Martin to Eric Garner and John Crawford. Show More Summary
For some of us, it's impossible to believe that the upheavals of the mid-1990s - the Rodney King riots, the O.J. Simpson trial - happened over 20 years ago. So Guillermo Reyes' "Men on the Verge of a His-Panic Breakdown," now in a sprightly revival with Pride Films and Plays, does have a time-capsule...
Courtesy of Tyree Carroll Family: A new video out of Philadelphia shows a young Black man being severely beaten and tased by Philadelphia officers in what can only remind you of Rodney King. On April 3 at approximately 7:30 p.m.
The confidence level in police matched the low seen in 1993, when Gallup first began measuring it as a federal civil rights trial got underway over the 1991 beating of black motorist Rodney King by white Los Angeles police officers.Show More Summary
EJ Brown remembers being a kid and hearing older relatives talk about Rodney King, the Los Angeles taxi driver beaten by the LAPD.
Many unjust verdicts across the years have exposed just how protected police misconduct is under the law. Four LAPD Police Officers were acquitted of their assault on Rodney King - in spite of overwhelming video evidence that they used...Show More Summary
For the last quarter of a century, National Action Network (NAN) and I have championed and advocated on behalf of many victims of racial violence and misconduct at the hands of police. From Rodney King in LA in the 1990s, to the marches...Show More Summary
It's a sad testament to America that the 23 years since the L.A. riots have seen so little change. What comes next?
UCLA sociologist Darnell Hunt says TV news reports of Baltimore now look like Los Angeles in 1992
To Rodney King's now-famous question, "Can we all just get along?" Los Angeles residents increasingly answer something like: "Probably. Sort of."
Maryland's former governor and would-be president has a lot to answer for in Baltimore's black community....
When Bill Clinton ran for president in 1992, South Central Los Angeles was ablaze in response to the acquittal of four white police officers who had viciously beaten a black man named Rodney King. As Hillary Clinton embarks on her campaign for the 2016 presidential election, the country is again unsettled by unrest, this time […]
Twenty-three years ago, a mob fueled by rage after four Los Angeles Police Department officers were found not guilty in the beating of Rodney King torched the intersection of Vermont and Manchester avenues.
The nation sat riveted and horrified as a major American city burned. People angry about injustice took justice into their own hands. Property was burned and looted. People were injured. Trust was shattered. You’re thinking Baltimore. But I’m talking about Los Angeles. On this day, 23 years — April 29, 1992 — the City of […]
Mr. Gattis’s breakthrough novel is a gritty, nerve-racking tale of life in a gang-ravaged neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Maryland's former governor and would-be president has a lot to answer for in Baltimore's black community. Former Maryland Governor and before that, Baltimore Mayor, Martin O'Malley is expected to run for the Democratic nomination for the presidency, and he has been on the campaign trail portraying himself as a left-wing challenge to Clinton. Show More Summary
Speaking from the White House on Tuesday, President Obama told reporters that the tensions between Baltimore residents and local police were "not new, and we shouldn't pretend that it's new." He's right. Wednesday is the twenty-third...Show More Summary