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Some healing, some scars: the LA Riots, 25 years later

Published April 26, 2017 at 3:05 PM PDT
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A store destroyed by the 1992 LA Riots. Credit: Gary Leonard/LA Public Library
A store destroyed by the 1992 LA Riots. Credit: Gary Leonard/LA Public Library

We talk with residents, eyewitnesses, about those dark days ... Journalist Joe Domanick tells us how decades of police brutality - including hundreds of police murders of blacks and Latinos - led to the LA Riots, and he assesses how far the LAPD has come ... How former Mayor James Hahn could have been Reginald Denny ... Why one yougn Latina who lived through the LA Riots is still happy to call South LA “home" ... and Peter Sagal tells Off-Ramp about his bizarre chance meeting with Chief Gates. And we hear in-depth from the man who was reluctantly at the center of the riots, the late Rodney King.

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25 years after the riots, journalist Joe Domanick assesses the LAPD, and recounts one day in South Central - April 30, 1992.
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"Wait Wait Don't Tell Me's" Peter Sagal: Two cars roared up, screeched to a halt. All eight doors flew open, and out came uniformed police officers, each of them with a hand on their guns. The nearest officer looked familiar.
Paul Weber, president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, the police union, called Daryl Gates, who died April 16, "a man of courage and character who had a deep commitment to the rule of law, with a deep pride of the LAPD … Chief Gates was a cop's cop, revolutionizing critical policing tactics and changing the face of modern law enforcement around out the world." Current police chief Charlie Beck called him "one-in-a-million human being (who) inspired others to succeed and, in doing so, changed the landscape of law enforcement around the world." But Joe Domanick, a journalist who focuses on criminal justice and who has covered the LAPD for decades, told Off-Ramp host John Rabe that Gates and his policies caused the ’92 riots. COME INSIDE for a link to one of Gates' final interviews -- granted to Patt Morrison.
Writer, documentarian, and filmmaker R.H. Greene reaches into his archive for a memory of the riots written twenty years ago.
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