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

ANALYSIS

structural conduciveness – outrage against courts, system of

  justice, failure to punish officers involved – lack of available

 legitimate channel to express their outrage – communication

 among the aggrieved parties, combined with other factors,

 including densely populated urban core streets, warm weather,

 availability of weapons, businesses to loot, vandalize

structural strain – perception of ongoing racism in justice

 system – history of past riots, shootings of Blacks, tension

 between Black/Hispanic communities, poor community

 relations between police and citizens, excessive force

 allegations, then the Rodney King incident

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