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On April 29, 1992, the Californian city was ablaze. Six days of riots following the acquittal of four white police officers in the Rodney King case. Dozens of dead, millions of dollars in damage. How did these riots transform the city and its different ethnic communities?
On March 3, 1991, Rodney King was chased by police officers from the Los Angeles Police Department, following a speeding violation. He was hit with 56 baton blows. The trial of his attackers follows: four white police officers who will be acquitted. On April 29, 1992, after this verdict, unprecedented riots began in Los Angeles. Result: 58 dead, more than 2,000 injured, around 10,000 arrests and damage estimated at 1 billion dollars. Riots that broke out “in the heart of the historic African American ghetto”, recalls our guest Yohann Le Moigne, lecturer in American Civilization at the University of Angers. A neighborhood that has seen the Latin American population grow and where a large part of the small businesses were run by a Korean population. These are therefore multi-ethnic riots, explains Yohann Le Moigne, after which “there has been a restructuring of the associative fabric with a return to community organization”.
Haiti and gasoline shortages
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