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May 2, 2012 | By Ernest Hardy and August Brown, Los Angeles Times
In 1985, Los Angeles rapper Toddy Tee released what could be considered West Coast hip-hop's opening salvo against police brutality in black neighborhoods. The electro-grooved "Batterram," named for the battering ram that then-LAPD Chief Daryl F. Gates used to smash into homes of suspected drug dealers, was a hit on local radio station KDAY-AM. The track went on to become a protest anthem in minority neighborhoods around the city where the device was often deployed against homes that were later proved drug-free: "You're mistakin' my pad for a rockhouse / Well, I know to you we all look the same / But I'm not the one slingin' caine / I work nine to five and ain't a damn thing changed …" rapped Toddy Tee. The L.A. riots of 1992 arrived with its soundtrack in place.
April 8, 2014 | By Kate Mather, Joseph Serna and Joe Mozingo
ISLA VISTA, Calif. — The scene Monday on Del Playa Drive was a curious, uniquely Isla Vista mix: part laid-back beach vibe, part riot aftermath. Beach towels fluttered over cliffside balconies as UC Santa Barbara students enjoyed spring weather. Dumpsters overflowed with beer boxes and red cups. "I was in the riot," one young woman said nonchalantly to her friend as they rode beach cruisers. "I got hit by a tear gas grenade," a male student told his friends as they carried an inflatable pool over their heads.
May 3, 2012
Here are some of the other 23 victims of unsolved homicides related to the L.A. riots. Click for an interactive map of the riots deaths to learn more about all of the incidents: Howard Epstein , 45, was shot and killed April 30, 1992, near Slauson and 7th avenues in Hyde Park. Epstein, who had flown from his Northern California home to check on his South Los Angeles metal manufacturing business, was struck in the head by a bullet apparently fired from a pickup truck that had pulled alongside his car. His car careened into a liquor store parking lot, where a crowd quickly gathered.
March 11, 2014 | By Bob Pool
About 200 prisoners were involved in a riot Tuesday at Calapatria State Prison that injured seven inmates, officials of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said. The disturbance at the Imperial County prison began about 10:15 a.m. in the maximum-security Level IL yard at Facility B. Guards from other parts of the prison rushed to the scene and fired warning shots, rounds of pepper spray and foam-tipped rubber bullets. They quelled the disturbance in about eight minutes, prison spokesman Lt. Everardo Silva said.
February 24, 2012 | By Richard Fausset
What exactly is it about this country at this particular point in time -- what weird mix of postmillennial economic jitters, commodity fetishism, hype, boredom, bad manners -- that is causing people to freak out and riot over basketball shoes? The latest in a wave of sneaker-related melees occurred Thursday at Orlando's Florida Mall, where hundreds of people rushed a Foot Locker in hopes of scoring a pair of limited-edition $220 Nikes. Orange County sheriff's deputies clad in riot gear used shields to block the crowd and threatened the use of pepper spray, though it wasn't ultimately used, according to a report by Susan Jacobson in the Orlando Sentinel.
July 29, 2013 | By Alicia Lopez and Anthony Clark Carpio
The Huntington Beach Police Department on Monday released the names of seven people arrested in the downtown riots Sunday night, though additional arrests are likely as police comb through photos and videos shot during the disturbance. The violence erupted Sunday evening after the U.S. Open of Surfing, a two-week contest. As the crowd left the beach and moved up Main Street, some people began tipping over portable trash cans, fights broke out, a stop sign was used to smash the window of a bicycle shop and looters grabbed merchandise from stores.
May 12, 1992
The rioting that followed the verdicts in the Rodney King beating case has set off an intense debate about the problems of urban America. To explain the causes and effects, The Times is publishing a five-section series. Today's section recalls the emotional images.
May 16, 1992
As a young Jewish teen-age girl, I don't come face to face with anti-Semitism very often. One cannot identify me as a Jew by just looking at me. Unlike a black teen-age girl, I guess I'm lucky. The other day at a fast-food restaurant a man made a racist slur to the young girl behind the counter. He blamed her for the riots in Los Angeles because of the color of her skin. I honestly believed that my generation was far beyond the ideals of old men like the one at the restaurant. But as I listened to kids at school after the "civil unrest," I couldn't believe what I heard.
June 2, 1992
As we face the most significant crisis in Los Angeles history, I must correct the mistaken impression being deliberately fostered by a few self-interested members of the police union--who are opposed to the Christopher Commission reform and Charter Amendment F--that my comments somehow contributed to the riots. Some who lack the facts fostered this same irrational assumption. Let me set the record straight. Several times during the evening of April 29, as the riots broke out, I appealed for calm.
April 30, 2009
February 20, 2014 | By Alexandra Zavis
The Russian punk band Pussy Riot released a new video Thursday featuring footage from its run-in the previous day with a whip-wielding Cossack militia that is helping to patrol Sochi during the Winter Olympics. Since they arrived in the Black Sea resort on Sunday, members of the group have been detained several times . Some were also thrown to the ground and whipped when militia members stopped them from performing under an Olympic sign on Wednesday. The group has called for a boycott of the Games to protest President Vladimir Putin's human rights record.  “The Olympics has turned the police state into a total police state and the authoritarian regime into a totalitarian regime with preventive arrests,” band member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova said at a news conference Thursday in Sochi, according to Reuters news agency.
February 19, 2014 | By Alexandra Zavis
Members of the Pussy Riot punk group say they were whipped by Cossacks who are helping to patrol Sochi during the Winter Olympic Games. Group members told reporters that the incident took place as they tried to perform a song Wednesday in front of a sign advertising the Games. Video posted on YouTube appeared to show members of a Cossack militia and other security officials moving in as the group put on brightly colored ski masks and pulled out a guitar and microphone. In the video, militia members yank off the masks and throw some group members to the ground.
February 19, 2014 | By August Brown
Mere days after police detained them in Sochi, Russia,   Nadya Tolokonnikova, Masha Alyokhina and other members of Pussy Riot were attacked by whip-wielding Cossacks in the same city on Wednesday, according to reports. According to the Guardian and other outlets, members of the punk activist group had assembled in their iconic bright balaclavas in an area about 20 miles from the site of the Winter Olympics. As they prepared to play a new song, "Putin Will Teach You to Love the Motherland," they were surrounded by plainclothes security officers and uniformed Cossacks, who were enlisted as an informal security force during the Sochi Games.
February 8, 2014 | By Chris Foster
There was nothing like a little lip service to wake up UCLA's basketball team. The Bruins appeared in a daze against USC in the first half Saturday night. It had the hangover look from their last effort, a loss to Oregon State. So Steve Alford took a page from the coaching handbook at halftime. BOX SCORE: UCLA 83, USC 73 "We got chewed out," guard Jordan Adams said. Maybe Alford should have done that with his pregame speech. The Bruins found another gear in the second half - at least for seven minutes - and carved out an 83-73 victory over USC in the Galen Center.
February 7, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
SOCHI, Russia -- The man behind the design of the snowboard of Russian Alexey Sobolev said the inspiration came from old EC horror comic books, not the feminist punk rock band Pussy Riot. Clarity came from artist Brian Romero, who emerged on Instagram to say just that, citing the greatest hits of the genre, Tales of the Crypt, Vault of Horror and Weird Science, among others. " But the viewer always brings their own baggage to the table," wrote Romero, who is the art director of the Los Angeles-based Baker Boys Distribution.  Sobolev competed in slopestyle qualifying on Thursday morning at the Olympics and there were questions from Russian media about the snowboard, which featured a design of a knife-wielding woman wearing a ski mask.
February 6, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
The two freed members of Russian music and performance-art collective Pussy Riot who appeared Wednesday in New York with Madonna at an Amnesty International concert supporting human rights issues worldwide are “no longer members of the group,” according a statement issued by other anonymous members of the collective. “We are very pleased with Masha and Nadia's release,” the statement posted on Pussy Riot's website said of Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, who were sent to a Siberian gulag last year for their “punk prayer” protest in 2012 against Russian President Vladimir Putin.
May 9, 2012
Re "An intersection's forgotten victim quietly moved on," Column, May 6 I, of course, have heard of Reginald Denny. I remember being absolutely horrified at his senseless beating. It was a scene straight out of a horror movie, and to me, it was akin to the end of the world - Armageddon, indeed, at Florence and Normandie. I was unaware of Fidel Lopez's plight. Steve Lopez's article about him was intriguing yet painful to read. The hopeful aspect of this story, which lifted my heart, was the appearance of a guardian angel in the form of the Rev. Bennie Newton, who stopped Lopez's attackers.
February 6, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
ROSA KHUTOR, Russia -- Russian snowboarder Alexey Sobolev crashed near the end of his second run at Thursday morning's slopestyle qualification round at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park. However, not all of the questions from reporters afterward were about his performance. After his run, he held up his board in the finish area, waiting for his scores, and quite visible to the TV cameras was a design on his snowboard of a knife-wielding woman wearing a ski mask, which is what the members of the feminist punk rock band Pussy Riot wear when they perform.
February 5, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
The language barrier can sometimes be a stumbling block when it comes to humor, especially with the ironic jujitsu Stephen Colbert performs in his interviews nightly on "The Colbert Report. " But Tuesday, he had two guests up to the challenge: Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alyokhina of the Russian punk band, Pussy Riot. Despite serving time in Russian prisons for defying Vladimir Putin's government, Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina showed up on Colbert's show with their humor still intact, even when filtered through a translator.
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