April 22, 2002 |
Bobby Green is sitting on his couch in suburban Rialto, talking about the night 10 years ago that he saved a man's life, a moment that made him a hero to most and a traitor to others. Back then, in the first hours of the Los Angeles riots, Green was sitting on another couch, this one in South-Central Los Angeles. He was watching a black man on live TV smash a brick, then another brick, into the head of a white truck driver, who lay writhing on the pavement.
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October 23, 2000 |
Los Angeles police fired rubber bullets Sunday into a crowd of people demonstrating against police brutality near the LAPD's downtown headquarters, breaking up an unauthorized splinter group of marchers who threw bottles, vandalized bus stops and yelled obscenities.
August 15, 2000 |
While President Clinton addressed the nation Monday night from the Democratic National Convention, violence flared in the streets outside, as a few hundred protesters clashed with an extraordinarily forceful Los Angeles Police Department. The melee broke out at the conclusion of a performance that local authorities had been dreading since it was announced.
August 9, 2000 |
Laker star Shaquille O'Neal's check for $42,893 to buy a new Los Angeles police patrol car was formally accepted by the city's Police Commission on Tuesday. O'Neal sent the check two days after leading the Lakers to the NBA championship in June to replace one of two police cars burned when a downtown fan celebration turned to vandalism. The Lakers organization also sent a check for the same amount last week to pay for another replacement vehicle, team spokesman John Black said.
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June 24, 2000 |
Two weeks before the destructive melee that erupted after the Lakers won the NBA championship, top Los Angeles Police Department brass issued a "victory operation plan" calling for a restrained police response to any outbursts by fans. Officers were told they should "minimize enforcement action" after establishing contact with the crowd and attempting to persuade demonstrators to follow police orders.
June 20, 2000 |
A whoop of joy erupted across Southern California Monday night as the Lakers secured the NBA championship, but the elation was quickly marred by violence. Outside the Staples Center, crowds torched two police cars and another vehicle, set bonfires and burned T-shirts and posters moments after the Lakers' 116-111 victory over the Indiana Pacers in Game 6 of the NBA finals.