A New Look at the Origins of the LA Riots

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book.jpgThe devastating Los Angeles riots of 1992 have been blamed on the white jury that acquitted LAPD officers of abusing a black man named Rodney King. But a new book argues that the stage was set by another court case the year before, when a female Korean grocery store was given probation by a woman judge in the shooting death of a 15-year-old black girl.  The book is The Contested Murder of Latasha Harlins by UCLA history professor Brenda Stevenson.

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  • Brenda Stevenson - professor of history and African American studies at UCLA; author of “The Contested Murder of Latasha Harlins: Justice, Gender, and the Origins of the LA Riots” - @uclahist

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Warren Olney