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20 Years Ago - The 'Rodney King' Riots  
User currently offlineltbewr From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13115 posts, RR: 12
Posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 858 times:

20 years ago on April 29, 1992, the so-called 'Rodney King' riots broke out in Los Angeles. They were triggered by the acquittal of 4 Los Angeles police officers after a trial who were caught on video of violent beating on King after the end a chase of him at dangerously high speeds in his his car with 2 passengers about a year earlier (one of those pax would be dead months later in a car accident). It was believed that King was drunk and/or using PCP drugs, he had been in jail before and was resisting arrest as didn't want to go back. The combination of events that night along with the cops all hyped up from the chase at high riots led to the beating. While King was beaten, his passengers were not, and at least he wasn't shot dead.

The riots were further triggered by a long and bad history of the LAPD and black residents, economic racism, street gangs, the then very violent 'crack' drug trade, the popularity of violent anti-cop/'cop killer' rap music and other factors. 1000's also used the riots as an excuse to loot stores and some of those killed or injured were done by street gangs taking advantage of the riots to cover their needs for revenge for members of other gangs and over their 'turf'.

The riots in LA lasted several days, killed and injured 100's, were captured on video and went immediately went around the USA and the world on CNN and network TV. The brutal beating of Reginald Denny, a truck driver became a symbol of the sick violence of those riots. There were smaller riots in cities throughout the USA, chasing city workers home, jamming roads and transportation terminals. The economic damage in LA was probably well over $1 Billion. One result of the riots were a substantial reduction of the number of locations of places selling alcoholic beverages and finally some investment in stores and jobs in the neighborhoods. The cops involved would be tried under other charges in a court in the LA County court districts, with at least one cop going to jail, the rest losing their jobs and with the black mark of their actions that fateful night lasting for their lives. The LA police would undergo a change in leadership with Chief Gates removed, Mayor Bradley chose not to run for another term, and it caused a real examination and heightened attention to actions of police with persons of color especially if deadly. It also may have led to the acquittal of OJ Simpson 3 years later as a way to get revenge against the LA police who were still seen as full of racial bias.

20 years later, those neighborhoods are still crime ridden and economically not much better. Some of the key players those days of the riots are dead, some are still in jail, others moved away and lead quiet lives. Rodney King is still alive, has been arrested a number of times, spent time in rehab as to drugs and alcohol and has given interviews over the last several days.

The Rodney King riots are a deep and terrible blot in our history. Hopefully we will never see such violence again.

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User currently offlinePellegrine From France, joined Mar 2007, 2449 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 858 times:

There's going to be another one in Florida if this whatever his name's assassin of the public's trial doesn't go down right (and end in conviction).

America hasn't gone anywhere in twenty years with regards to race relations. (Black president or not.)



oh boy!!!
User currently offlineDreadnought From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 8841 posts, RR: 24
Reply 2, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 841 times:

Quoting Pellegrine (Reply 1):
There's going to be another one in Florida if this whatever his name's assassin of the public's trial doesn't go down right (and end in conviction).

Even if the trial proves that Martin attacked him, and that it was legitimate self defense? I'm not saying it was, but what if?

Quoting Pellegrine (Reply 1):
America hasn't gone anywhere in twenty years with regards to race relations. (Black president or not.)

Sounds like you are pretty hard to please...

Quoting ltbewr (Thread starter):
The Rodney King riots are a deep and terrible blot in our history. Hopefully we will never see such violence again.

It will continue to happen as long as certain groups in society continue to be encouraged to see themselves as their own community, not simply as Americans. As long as _____ (fill in your ethnic/religious/social group here) se a conflict in which another _____ is involved, and automatically take _____'s side simply based on being part of the same group, it will continue.



Veni Vidi Castratavi Illegitimos
User currently offlinePellegrine From France, joined Mar 2007, 2449 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 836 times:

Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 2):
Sounds like you are pretty hard to please...

I do not sugar coat reality. Some people accept molasses-paced change. I do not. I lambast what is wrong.



oh boy!!!
User currently onlinePanHAM From Germany, joined May 2005, 9391 posts, RR: 29
Reply 4, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 810 times:

I was in ATL that day attending the Intermodal Expo near the CNN centre, it was the evening reception day and I went outside to catch the hotel bus to freshen up before going back the the Expo for the reception. I had no idea what was going on but was lucky to get back to the hotel safely where they told us to better stay there. The dinner was cancelled and Second Harvest got all the food. I guess that was one of the few good things.


E's passed on! That parrot is no more! He has ceased to be! E's expired and gone to meet 'is maker!
User currently offlinePyrex From Portugal, joined Aug 2005, 4022 posts, RR: 28
Reply 5, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 799 times:

Quoting Pellegrine (Reply 1):
America hasn't gone anywhere in twenty years with regards to race relations

It is true. Korean shop-keepers were second-class citizens that day, having their property ransacked without being able to defend themselves against the looters without fear of repercussion. To this day they are still second-class citizens - you can see that on how much their children need to out-perform children of other races to be able to get a shot at a good university.



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User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19724 posts, RR: 58
Reply 6, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 787 times:

Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 2):
Even if the trial proves that Martin attacked him, and that it was legitimate self defense? I'm not saying it was, but what if?

What makes you think that people riot based on facts and reason?


User currently offlinearmitageshanks From UK - England, joined Dec 2003, 3625 posts, RR: 15
Reply 7, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 773 times:

Quoting ltbewr (Thread starter):
Hopefully we will never see such violence again.

We will see some in Florida soon, don't you worry. Anything short of a death sentence for Zimmerman and his entire family will set it off.


User currently offlinearmitageshanks From UK - England, joined Dec 2003, 3625 posts, RR: 15
Reply 8, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 773 times:

Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 2):
Even if the trial proves that Martin attacked him, and that it was legitimate self defense? I'm not saying it was, but what if?

Doesn't matter. There's too much history involved with race in this country.


User currently offlinephatfarmlines From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1358 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 765 times:

Quoting ltbewr (Thread starter):
20 years ago on April 29, 1992, the so-called 'Rodney King' riots broke out in Los Angeles.

So on Wikipedia, I read LAX was closed for six days. Was there serious concern air safety would have been compromised by arriving aircraft? Would the fires in South Central impaired arriving aircraft?


User currently offlineltbewr From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13115 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 740 times:

Quoting phatfarmlines (Reply 9):
Quoting ltbewr (Thread starter):20 years ago on April 29, 1992, the so-called 'Rodney King' riots broke out in Los Angeles.
So on Wikipedia, I read LAX was closed for six days. Was there serious concern air safety would have been compromised by arriving aircraft? Would the fires in South Central impaired arriving aircraft?

I suspect there were other reasons. Many workers were pretty much stuck at home as lived in the affected districts in the riots and could not get to work or out of fear would not go anywhere near LAX or the LA area. Without the workers, you couldn't operate the airport, besides, you had to have the LA city and county police elsewhere in the city where the riots were occurring and limit the need for police at the airport. Many employers, businesses in the LA area were also shut down.

Quoting armitageshanks (Reply 7):
Quoting ltbewr (Thread starter):Hopefully we will never see such violence again.
We will see some in Florida soon, don't you worry. Anything short of a death sentence for Zimmerman and his entire family will set it off.

I think one major circuit breaker has been used to reduce the risk of riot in the Trayvon Martin matter in that Zimmerman has been arrested and judicial process is underway. What could trigger minor disruptions would be if the charges on Zimmerman are dismissed in the pre-trial stages. If at the end of a trial, and all evidenced is presented, even if Zimmerman doesn't face a significant jail term, or perhaps goes to jail under the lesser charges of manslaughter, I doubt there will be any riots.


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