Peter Bibring: Just this week, LAPD revealed use of force statistics showing disproportionate shootings of African Americans, following years of data showing LAPD officers disproportionately stop and search African Americans. After Rodney King
Hector Villagra: Policies like those in Los Angeles undermine that transparency in not releasing footage except in court cases and requiring officers to view footage before making their initial statements.
Lauren Steiner: Manifest Justice, a ten-day art exhibit and social justice fair that just opened in LA, attempts to make us feel the emotions that inspire us to act.
Tom Hall: The Roberts Court’s formal gutting of the 1965 Voting Rights Act will be announced later this spring, after the weather has warmed up, after the school year has ended. After young black men in cities around the nation will join their fathers, standing on line to apply for jobs they won’t be given.
Jasmyne Cannick: For every Black man and woman in Los Angeles who has ever been pulled over for driving while Black since March 3, 1991, a debt of gratitude is owed to Rodney King for the beating they didn’t get.
David Love: It is ironic that Rodney King died on the day that Rev. Al Sharpton led a march to protest New York mayor Michael Bloomberg’s “stop and frisk” policy.
Rodney King, the man whose video taped beating by Los Angeles police twenty years ago shocked the nation, was found dead this morning, Sunday June 17, 2012 in Southern California. According to Reuter’s King’s body was found at the bottom of his swimming pool in Rialto a suburb of Los Angeles. Cynthia Kelly, King’s fiancee […]
Dick Price & Sharon Kyle: What has changed in South LA — then South Central — where the flames shot to the sky 20 years ago, after an all-white jury exonerated the gang of police officers who had beaten a black motorist half to death, captured on video for all to see?
Dick Price & Sharon Kyle: Officer Sandra Moura credits the Department’s leadership — from Chief Beck on down — with instilling and enforcing a more community-oriented policing approach.
What Has Changed, What Needs to Change — with Rodney King, Connie Rice, Rev. Chip Murray and others. Friday, 25 May, 7:30 a.m., California African American Museum.
Javier Gonzalez: For me, the real question was why are there so many poor and hungry people who feel so targeted and so left out in a county that is consistently America’s number one home for millionaires?
Anthony Samad: Parks and Perry went straight at Wesson in the most belligerent manner they could. The outcome hasn’t been pretty. Did the constituents of the 8th and the 9th districts pay a price for their representatives’ belligerence?
Anthony Samad: The LAPD shot and killed another Black man. Why weren’t two trained law enforcement officers able to subdue an unarmed, naked man? I’d like to know how this happened. I just wanna know what he had in his hand that would justify the use of lethal force.