Saturday, April 21, 2012

The more things change, the more they stay the same: Residents of LA intersection where '92 race riots flared up say reform efforts have done NOTHING

Twenty years ago, at the intersection of Florence and Normandie in south Los Angeles, a mostly black mob, enraged at the acquittal of four Los Angeles policemen in the beating of black motorist Rodney King, dragged white truck driver Reginald Denny from his cab and beat him unconscious while news helicopters hovered overhead.

The gory images helped incite six days of fires and looting throughout the city that led to 53 deaths and an estimated $1 billion in property damage.

The riots also ushered in years of self-examination and reform efforts in a city whose poorer neighborhoods have long been plagued by gang violence, unemployment and despair.

A visit to Florence and Normandie today, though, suggests that while some things have changed, a lot more has remained the same. Read More