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Johnson, James H., Jr.; Farrell, Walter C., Jr.; & Oliver, Melvin L. (1993). Seeds of the Los Angeles Rebellion of 1992. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 17(1), 115-119.


Following the acquittal on 29 April 1992 of the four white police officers in the severe beating of Rodney King, a black motorist, the worst civil unrest of this century occurred in Los Angeles. Three days of violence, looting and burning ensued which left 5 1 dead, 2300 injured and 16,000 in jail, and caused property damage and loss totalling nearly one billion dollars. To quell the unrest and to re-establish a sense of calm in the city required the deployment of the full forces of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department, as well as significant numbers of military (4000) and National Guard (10,000) troops.


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International Journal of Urban and Regional Research


Johnson, James H., Jr.
Farrell, Walter C., Jr.
Oliver, Melvin L.