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Patt Morrison for April 11, 2012




A store owner and a Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officer look at the damage caused by looters, 30 April 1992, in Los Angeles. Riots broke out in Los Angeles, 29 April 1992, after a jury acquitted four police officers accused of beating a black youth, Rodney King, in 1991, hours after the verdict was announced.
A store owner and a Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officer look at the damage caused by looters, 30 April 1992, in Los Angeles. Riots broke out in Los Angeles, 29 April 1992, after a jury acquitted four police officers accused of beating a black youth, Rodney King, in 1991, hours after the verdict was announced.
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The twentieth anniversary of the Los Angeles riots brings us back to the human metric – are race relations better now? What’s your perspective, twenty years on? Police Chief Charlie Beck addresses policing twenty years later too, and how the Los Angeles Police Department has changed at least as much as the city. Plus, a story of race and crime in the L.A.P.D., even before the Watts Riots.