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Johnson, James H., Jr. & Farrell, Walter C., Jr. (1993). The Fire This Time: The Genesis of the Los Angeles Rebellion of 1992. North Carolina Law Review, 71(5), 1403-1420.


Almost twenty-five years after the release of the Kerner Commission Report,' which assessed the conditions that sparked the civil disorders of the 1960s, the worst civil unrest of this century occurred in Los Angeles in the spring of 1992. Following the acquittal of four white police officers accused of the videotaped beating of black2 motorist Rodney King, three days of burning, looting, and violence erupted that resulted in fifty-eight deaths, 2500 injuries, 16,000 arrests, and nearly one billion dollars of property damage and loss. Quelling the civil unrest and re-establishing 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 Sheriff's Department, as well as significant numbers of California Highway Patrol officers and military troops.


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North Carolina Law Review


Johnson, James H., Jr.
Farrell, Walter C., Jr.