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NCJ Number: 136655 Find in a Library
Title: Cover Stories: A Shocked Nation Wonders What Went Wrong and How to Mend It
Journal: Time  Volume:139  Issue:19  Dated:(May 11, 1992)  Pages:20,22,23-26,28-32,37-41
Author(s): G J Church; D Ellis; Levy Lacayo D S; J E White; M Kramer
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 16
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Five stories cover the acquittal of four Los Angeles police officers accused of beating Rodney King and America's explosive reaction to this verdict.
Abstract: These stories report on the riot and public opinion among both blacks and whites following the verdict of acquittal for the police officers accused of beating Rodney King. Also covered are the long-standing racial divisions in Los Angeles as revealed by the violence following the verdict; the trial itself and the jury decision; an interview with Willie L. Williams who will assume the position of Chief of Police in Los Angeles; and the failure of the election of African Americans to local, State, and Federal offices to ease the plight of their constituents. The final article identifies actions President Bush could take to enhance public safety, such as the provision of more police in poor, high-crime neighborhoods; gun control; and support for a law that would more easily permit the victims of police brutality to recover monetary damages.
Main Term(s): Police Brutality; Riot causes
Index Term(s): California; Civil disorders; Racial discrimination; Video taped testimony
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