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Official Negligence : How Rodney King and the Riots Changed by Lou Cannon PDF

By Lou Cannon

In a startling and strong exam of race, politics, and the media, the bestselling biographer of Ronald Reagan probes the occasions and characters surrounding the deadliest city riots of the century. 25 photographs.

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The cornered King stopped so abruptly that the highway patrol car behind him nearly struck the rear bumper of the Hyundai. Melanie Singer swerved, putting her car abreast of the Hyundai, which meant that Tim Singer was staring directly at Rodney King. Realizing that her husband might be in danger if the driver was armed, Melanie Singer slammed the patrol car into reverse and wound up a few feet behind King’s 26 OFFICIAL NEGLIGENCE car. Using a hand-held microphone, Tim Singer then barked orders, asking the occupants of the Hyundai to exit and surrender.

It will be a leading hub of world trade, especially as the United States gateway to the Pacific Rim nations, where the combined economies are expanding at the rate of $3 billion a week toward a projected 27 percent share of the world’s gross prod­ uct before the end of the century. Los Angeles can be a leading financial center and a communications axis where major business enterprises from all over the world will want to have a headquarters, a branch office or a manufacturing facility. Los Angeles can continue to be a magnet that at­ tracts people from every nation as a place of opportunity as well as a pace­ setter that shapes cultures worldwide through its leadership in science, technology and education as well as in the arts and entertainment industry.

CN N immediately obtained a microwave feed of the KTLA tape and began to use it early that morning. KNBC, the N BC affiliate in Los Angeles, obtained a copy of the tape later in the day, and Cereghino made it available to other local stations and their networks. T rial by Videotape 23 By Wednesday, March 6, the tape that would transform the Rodney King beating into an international symbol of police brutality was receiving more attention in the Los Angeles media market than the just concluded war.

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