Justice: A Question of Race
On March 23, 1979, journalist Roberto Rodriguez was taking photographs of Raza cruising on Whittier Boulevard in East Los Angeles. Among the scenes he was recording was the senseless beating of an innocent and defenseless man by members of the sheriff's department. These officers then turned on Rodriguez, confiscated his camera and film, and beat him so badly that he spent three days in the Los Angeles County Hospital. He was charged with assault with a deadly weapon and assault and battery on a peace officer.
Combining material written before and after the trial, Justice: A Question of Rare details Rodriguez's struggle to come to terms with this traumatic experience and to bring a civil suit against the officers involved.