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November 14, 1996 | From Associated Press
Hours after a white policeman was cleared in a shooting that sparked a race riot last month, angry mobs returned to the same streets Wednesday, wounding two officers and attacking passersby. One of the officers was shot in the leg, and a sheriff's helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing after a bullet pierced the windshield and grazed the co-pilot's arm. At least seven other people were injured.
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May 26, 2000 | From a Times Staff Writer
Prosecutors have dropped criminal charges filed against a Los Angeles Times photographer who was arrested April 22 while covering civil disturbances that followed the federal seizure of Elian Gonzalez. Carolyn Cole, 38, faced felony charges of throwing a deadly missile. A police officer had said she was seen throwing rocks during an afternoon of skirmishes between police and protesters angry that the 6-year-old Cuban boy had been taken by force from the home of his Miami relatives.
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NEWS
January 17, 1989 | BARRY BEARAK, Times Staff Writer
A civil disturbance broke out in this city's predominantly black Overtown area Monday evening, after police shot at two men on a motorcycle during a high-speed chase. The motorcycle slammed head-on into an oncoming car and the cycle's driver was killed, though police did not say whether a gunshot or the accident caused the death. The motorcycle passenger was critically injured and two people in the car were hurt. The incident happened at 5:45 p.m. The street immediately grew tense.
NEWS
January 10, 1997 | Reuters
A white police officer whose shooting of a black motorist sparked rioting in St. Petersburg last fall will return to work in a mostly white neighborhood, a police spokeswoman said Thursday. Officer James Knight was suspended after he shot and killed TyRon Mark Lewis during a routine traffic stop Oct. 24. Lewis' death was followed by a night of rioting in south St. Petersburg, which has a predominantly African American population. At least 11 people were hurt and nearly 30 fires were set.
NEWS
January 10, 1997 | Reuters
A white police officer whose shooting of a black motorist sparked rioting in St. Petersburg last fall will return to work in a mostly white neighborhood, a police spokeswoman said Thursday. Officer James Knight was suspended after he shot and killed TyRon Mark Lewis during a routine traffic stop Oct. 24. Lewis' death was followed by a night of rioting in south St. Petersburg, which has a predominantly African American population. At least 11 people were hurt and nearly 30 fires were set.
NEWS
July 6, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Police in riot gear arrested more than 50 people at a demonstration by Haitian-Americans at a Miami shopping center where last week a Haitian immigrant was allegedly beaten by Latino employees. The incident occurred at the Biscayne Plaza Shopping Center when police began trying to disperse the crowd, which swelled from about 50 to 100, Officer George Law said.
NEWS
February 3, 1989
Rioters threw rocks and bottles and set trash bins on fire in Tampa, Fla., in the second night of violence after a suspected drug dealer died in police custody. Police cordoned off the same predominantly black neighborhood where about 100 officers in riot gear quelled the first outbreak Wednesday night by about 75 people. That melee erupted following the arrest of Edgar Allen Price, 40, in an undercover operation.
NEWS
December 1, 1989 | From Associated Press
A police officer who shot a black motorcyclist testified in his own defense Thursday, telling jurors he fired only because he thought he was about to die. "He just came straight at me and he just revved the motorcycle," officer William Lozano, 31, testified. "He was just aiming at me. I was just only able to turn my body, draw my gun and shoot." The testimony was broadcast live on television and radio in Miami, where three days of racial violence broke out following the Jan. 16 shooting.
NEWS
January 21, 1989 | From Associated Press
A panel formed to investigate the slaying that touched off this week's racial violence met for the first time Friday as civic and community leaders sought to maintain calm for Super Bowl weekend. "We can't go on having racial disturbances every five years--if this goes on, the whole city is going to burn down," said the Rev. Richard Barry, chairman of the 11-member panel of police officers and black residents.
NEWS
January 22, 1989
As his family made televised appeals for calm, blacks gathered to bury one of two men killed in an incident that sparked race riots in the Miami area. Police meanwhile said many of those arrested in the uprising would be kept behind bars until after today's Super Bowl. About 150 people entered the Cathedral of St. Mary for the funeral of Allen Blanchard, a passenger on a motorcycle whose driver was shot last Monday in the Overtown neighborhood by a Latino police officer.
NEWS
December 8, 1996 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A large crowd threw bottles and taunted Tampa police after two white officers shot and killed a black man suspected of dealing drugs, six weeks after riots followed a police shooting in nearby St. Petersburg. Officers wore riot gear after Friday night's shooting, but officials downplayed the tense situation. The city was calm. Matthew Mills, 34, was shot during a struggle for an officer's gun, police said. They would not confirm witness accounts that Mills was already subdued when he was shot.
NEWS
November 14, 1996 | From Associated Press
Hours after a white policeman was cleared in a shooting that sparked a race riot last month, angry mobs returned to the same streets Wednesday, wounding two officers and attacking passersby. One of the officers was shot in the leg, and a sheriff's helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing after a bullet pierced the windshield and grazed the co-pilot's arm. At least seven other people were injured.
NEWS
October 26, 1996 | MIKE CLARY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Officials of this smoldering city appealed for calm Friday, even as they marshaled a vast force of riot-ready police and National Guard troops to respond to any repeat of the arson and looting outbreak that followed the fatal police shooting of a teenager the night before. As the sun went down over the Gulf of Mexico, tensions were on the rise--especially in the predominantly black neighborhood of south St. Petersburg.
NEWS
October 25, 1996 | From Associated Press
A rock- and bottle-throwing crowd of several hundred people set fire to businesses and vehicles after police shot and killed a man during a traffic stop Thursday evening. At least 11 people were injured, including two police officers. The riot involved more than 200 people and continued to rage late Thursday night even as more than 300 state and local police officers carrying plastic shields and other riot gear tried to contain the violence.
NEWS
July 29, 1995 | From Associated Press
Police increased patrols Friday in the Coconut Grove neighborhood after bands of teen-agers, their faces covered "like ninjas," tossed concrete at passing cars and set trash on fire. The street violence came nine days after a black youth was shot to death by a white police officer. It began Thursday night and ended early Friday, after about two hours, when police sealed off about 10 blocks in the predominantly black neighborhood. No arrests were made.
NEWS
October 12, 1992 | MIKE CLARY
BACKGROUND: In tiny Cross City, Fla., the gunshots fired by Jody Akins last January killed a man and put a national spotlight on Dixie County (View, June 17). Akins, a 30-year-old white man and son of a prominent contractor, was charged with first-degree murder after a drug deal turned into a fight and he fired randomly into a crowd outside a bar in the black neighborhood called the Quarters. Terrence Royce Rutledge, 24, was killed.
SPORTS
January 20, 1989 | From Staff and Wire Reports
With police checkpoints at all the corners outside, a SWAT team standing by in the parking lot, the Miami Heat re-opened for business, losing, 112-108, to the Chicago Bulls Thursday night. The expansion National Basketball Assn. franchise was forced to cancel its game last Tuesday night against the Phoenix Suns because of the riot in nearby Overtown. Thursday night's game--marking Michael Jordan's only appearance of the season--was sold out just 18 minutes after seats were put on sale Oct.
NEWS
October 2, 1991 | MIKE CLARY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Hundreds of anguished Haitian-Americans took to the streets of Miami again Tuesday to vent their frustration and anger over the coup in their homeland, which drove Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the country's first democratically elected president, into exile. The daylong demonstration in the heart of the Little Haiti section was watched by scores of police officers in full riot gear determined to prevent a repeat of the violence that broke out Monday.
NEWS
June 26, 1991 | MIKE CLARY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A state appeals court Tuesday threw out the manslaughter conviction of a Miami police officer whose shooting of a black motorcyclist touched off three days of rioting in January, 1989. In ordering a new trial for officer William Lozano, the three-judge panel said the highly charged trial had been "fundamentally unfair." The decision prompted expressions of relief and jubilation from Lozano and sent Miami police into an "Alpha-Bravo alert."
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