The Rodney King effect: 30 years after riots, how far has LA come?

Posted on AllSides April 26th, 2022
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Violence in America, Rodney King, civil rights, Los Angeles, criminal justice
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This week marks 30 years since the race riots in South Central Los Angeles, ignited by the acquittal of four white police officers for beating Rodney King, a Black man. In today’s South LA, we found setbacks mixed with progress, and stories of hope that reveal a path toward justice.

John Thomas grew up in South Los Angeles – then called South Central. The son of a single mother, one of six kids, he says he never had a positive encounter with a police officer until he became one. Just...

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