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Rodney King’s shadow hangs over Baltimore: What the history of the L.A. riots can tell us

It's a sad testament to America that the 23 years since the L.A. riots have seen so little change. What comes next?

Most L.A. residents believe riots unlikely to recur, poll finds

To Rodney King's now-famous question, "Can we all just get along?" Los Angeles residents increasingly answer something like: "Probably. Sort of."

Martin O’Malley was warned his police strategy would produce more Rodney Kings

4 days agoNews : The Raw Story

Maryland's former governor and would-be president has a lot to answer for in Baltimore's black community....

How Bill Clinton’s policies from 20 years ago created a criminal justice crisis that could help Hillary Clinton in 2016

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 […]

Street corner torched in L.A. riots may get new life, at long last

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.

Two riots, 23 years apart: From Rodney King to Freddie Gray

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 […]

Books of The Times: Review: ‘All Involved’ by Ryan Gattis Is Set in the Days After the Rodney King Verdict

Mr. Gattis’s breakthrough novel is a gritty, nerve-racking tale of life in a gang-ravaged neighborhood of Los Angeles.

Presidential Hopeful O'Malley Was Warned His Police Strategy Would Produce More Rodney Kings in Baltimore

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

Today Is The 23rd Anniversary of the Rodney King Riots. Obama Is Right, Not Much Has Changed

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

Riots after cops acquitted in Rodney King case in 1992

5 days agoNews : NY Daily News

Violence and looting erupts across L.A. after four white cops were acquitted for the videotaped beating of Rodney King.

Baltimore riot mom is Mother of the Year

If the Rodney King riots in LA in 1992 had a caption, it was, “Can’t we all just get along?” The Mom of the Year award must go to theBaltimore woman captured on amateur videoyesterday who responded to the mayhem … Continued

James Braxton Peterson: Watching Death in the Era of State Sanctioned Murder

"The 1991 videotaped beating of Rodney King was the dawn of an era. Citizen surveillance of police brutality was born, and it was accompanied by all of the perceptual contradictions that the conundrum of recording police violence against...Show More Summary

'Never Givin' Up' recites MLK's 'Letter' to call for justice

Anna Deavere Smith, whose documentary theater offerings have investigated the Rodney King riots ("Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992") and the crisis in U.S. healthcare ("Let Me Down Easy"), among other societal flash points, has been hard at work on a new piece on the school-to-prison pipeline in poor...

Festival of Books: Ryan Gattis reconstructs the 1992 L.A. Riots in 'All Involved'

2 weeks agoHealth : Booster Shots

On April 29, 1992, violence erupted throughout Los Angeles in the wake of the Rodney King verdict: A jury had failed to convict four white LAPD officers in the beating of African American motorist King, despite the incident having been captured on video. People took to the streets in a fury that...

Videos of Police Killing Are Numbing Us to the Spectacle of Black Death

We get to see black men tortured or killed by police a lot more often these days, so it’s worth recalling why, a generation ago, it mattered so much to see what happened to Rodney King. We had certainly seen the black-and-white photographs and videos depicting police abuse of African Americans, an

‘They Shoot Black People, Don’t They?': Keith Knight’s tragically timeless comics [Q&A]

ANOTHER VIDEO. Another black man slain or beaten — before our eyes — at the hands of police.Keith Knight has been drawing insightful cartoons about police brutality in America since the ’90s, when it was video of the Rodney King beating that put LAPD officers in the stark national spotlight. Show More Summary

10 cops suspended over taped beating that was allegedly 'worse than Rodney King'

A Californian sheriff has suspended 10 officers involved in the videotaped beating of a suspect who appeared to have surrendered and was lying on the ground after making a failed getaway attempt on horseback. "Somebody should go to prison over this," Jim Terrell, the lawyer for 30-year-old suspect, Francis Pusok, told reporters Friday. Show More Summary

Video of fatal police shooting may have major impact

NEW YORK (AP) — Graphic videos have surfaced previously that kindled outrage over police use of force — the Rodney King beating in Los Angeles, last year's chokehold death in New York City. The new video from South Carolina is perhaps...Show More Summary

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