Emergency Management LA Riots Essays

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Table of Contents

Page 3- Introduction

Page 3 - Los Angeles Erupts

Page 5- Figure #1- City of Los Angeles- Extent of damage

Page 6- The Powder Keg and the Spark

Page 7- LA- Rich vs. Poor, Black vs. White

Page 7- Crack Cocaine and Gangs

Page 8- Figure #2- Gang Territories 1996

Page 9- The LAPD- Protectors of Occupying Force?

Page 10- Rodney King and Latasha Harlins

Page 11- Long Term Planning

Page 11- Prevention/Mitigation

Page 11- Preparedness

Page 12- Response

Page 12- Recovery

Page 14- Bibliography
Introduction

The aim of this assignment will be to provide an overview of the civil unrest which took place in the city of Los Angeles, California, USA from April 29 to May 2, 1992.
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More back up was called and within minutes there were 25 officers there. As the violence escalated, the LAPD commander at the scene ordered his officers to retreat from the area (Vernon, 1993, pg 19). The LAPD would not return to this flashpoint for over 3 hours (Cannon, 1997, pg. 304). This signaled the beginning of the rampant destruction and brutal violence which captivated much of the world for 4 days.

Over those 4 days the spring of 1992, roaming mobs of protesters carried out random beatings and murders, looted and firebombed over 5,300 buildings (The Toll, LA Times, May 7, 1992, pg A6). There are many documented cases, most from early in the riots of innocent motorists being pulled from their cars and beaten. The most famous case, involving a white truck driver named Reginald Denny was captured live by a news helicopter circling above. Mr. Denny was a classic case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, as he attempted to maneuver his transport truck through the intersection of Florence and Normandie minutes after the police retreated and the violence began to escalate. Mr. Denny was pulled from the cab of his truck, punched and kicked relentlessly, beaten in the head with a hammer, then smashed in the head with a cinder block as he lay motionless on the pavement. As he lay on the ground, one assailant did a victory dance around his body, and another casually walked up and rifled through his pockets (Cannon, 1997, pg. 305). I

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