Official Negligence: How Rodney King and the Riots Changed Los Angeles and the LAPD

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Westview Press, 1999 - Political Science - 706 pages
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In the Spring of 1992 five days of rioting laid waste to South Central Los Angeles, took scores of lives, cost the city more than $900 million in property damages and captured attention worldwide. Lou Cannon combines research with interviews from hundreds of survivors, offering the story behind what happened and why. Cannon reveals how the videotape of the brutal beating of Rodney King had been sensationally edited by a local TV station, how political leaders required LAPD officers to carry metal batons despite evidence linking them to the rising toll of serious injury in the community, and how poorly prepared the city was for the violence that erupted.
  

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This is probably one of the most important books on police culture ever written. Lou Cannon was extremely through, accurate and fair in his presentation of the culture that hosted perhaps the most ... Read full review

Official negligence: how Rodney King and the riots changed Los Angeles and the LAPD

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Washington Post journalist Cannon believes that the four Los Angeles Police Department officers prosecuted in 1992 for beating black motorist Rodney King "were scapegoats for the Los Angeles riots ... Read full review

Contents

DREAM CITY
3
TRIAL BY VIDEOTAPE
20
THE DRAGNET LEGACY
51
OFFICIAL NEGLIGENCE
76
LATASHAS SHIELD
108
CHRISTOPHERS COURSE
121
KARLINS WAY
148
JUDICIAL NEGLIGENCE
174
PRESUMED GUILTY
373
PLAYING THE RACE CARD
401
THE OTHER YIDEOTAPE
430
THE THIRTEENTH JUROR
462
SECOND JUDGMENTS
488
BACK TO THE FUTURE
527
JUDGMENTS AND LEGACIES
564
EPILOGUE
607

BEYOND THE YIDEOTAPE
193
JUDGMENT AT SIMI
215
ANATOMY OF A BREAKDOWN
263
NIGHTMARE CITY
303
AFTER THE FALL
347
NOTES
621
BIBLIOGRAPHY
673
INDEX
689
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About the author (1999)

Lou Cannon, a longtime political reporter and White House correspondent for The Washington Post, was the paperís Los Angeles bureau chief from 1977 to 1980 and again from 1991 to 1993. He is currently a special correspondent for The Post in the West.

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