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

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Lou Cannon, a longtime political reporter and White House correspondent for The Washington Post, was the paper’s 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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