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4. Deadly Riots – the Los Angeles Riot of 1992 (cont’d)

despite calls for him to step down, L.A. Police Chief Daryl Gates

  refused

four officers involved in beating tried beginning March, 1992 in

 a changed venue, Ventura County (98% white)

April 29, 1992 – verdict in – hung verdict on one count against

 officer Laurence Powell, not guilty on all other charges

immediately following verdict outrage in Black, Hispanic

 communities in particular – quickly erupted into destruction of

 property, then violence – by the next day, 2400 National Guard

 troops brought in, curfews implemented

Blacks did not account for the majority of rioters

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