Official Negligence

Official Negligence

How Rodney King and the Riots Changed Los Angeles and the LAPD

Book - 1997
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Baker & Taylor
A study of the Rodney King case and its long-term repercussions for Los Angeles discusses the acquittal of the officers involved in the beating, the devastating riots that followed, the significance in terms of the justice system, and the varied roles of the media, police, politics, and race. 35,000 first printing. Tour.

Publisher: New York : Times Books, [1997]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©1997
ISBN: 9780812921908
0812921909
Branch Call Number: 979.494 C22
Characteristics: xxi, 698 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm

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May 05, 2018

Rereading a 1999 magazine, I learned about this book and wanted to read it. The Library did not have it, I asked that they consider buying it, and they did.
It is! a very long book and I skimmed some parts, but it was worth the three and a half weeks it took me to read it. I learned very much from it, among other things it taught me compassion. It was a very complex situation. It is sad that politics and self preservation of institutions and individuals warped justice. It was also for political reasons that the LAPD was not prepared for the riots that followed the "not guilty" verdicts in the state trial of the arresting officers involved.
WORTH YOUR TIME IF YOU CAN AFFORD IT!

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