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Official Negligence: How Rodney King and the Riots Changed Los Angeles and the LAPD by Lou Cannon Washington Post journalist Cannon believes 4 LAPD officers prosecuted in 1992 for beating black motorist Rodney King "were scapegoats for the LA's riots" that followed the verdicts in their first trial. . The LAPD's reputation has been badly tarnished by the King case, the riots in which 54 died, and the Simpson trial and Cannon faults the city's political, judicial, and police leadership. Although any analysis of the racial and ethnic conflicts confronting LA is controversial, this detailed book is an essential part of the debate.

"Last Chance for Justice"
Demystifies jury service, enabling ordinary citizens to cut through legalese, understand the process and how they can contribute to improving it. The book asks us to examine our biases to see whether we can be impartial jurors. It demonstrates how changes in the jury system can empower jurors and result in greater justice for defendants, victims and for the community.

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LAPD Rampart corruption scandal -- How did LA's finest fall so far so fast? LAPD Blue explores what is reportedly the worst corruption scandal in the history of the LAPD. With unprecedented access to police documents, photographs, audiotapes, and startling footage of murders and mayhem, Peter J. Boyer examines the evidence that brought the corruption scandal to light.

LAPD Corruption Scandal Convicted -- anti-gang unit police officers Sgt. Brian Liddy, Sgt. Edward Ortiz and Officer Michael Buchanan of conspiracy and other crimes involving the framing of gang members in 1996. It was the first trial stemming from allegations of corruption at the Departments Rampart station. In light of the allegations, more than 100 criminal convictions have been dismissed.

Officer Nino Floyd Durden admitted to perjury, filing a false report, grand theft from drug dealers, and conspiracy to obstruct justice in the shooting of an unarmed gang member, who remains paralyzed. Durden once partnered with Rafael Perez, who told investigators last year that he and other officers beat, framed and robbed people in rough neighborhoods west of downtown.

Rafael Perez's testimony on police misconduct ignited the biggest scandal in the history of the LAPD. Is it the real story? Peter J. Boyer's investigation into the Los Angeles Police Department is also the subject of a special report on "Frontline," PBS's news magazine. Includes streaming audio of Rafael Perez's confession, a pictorial map of the trail of evidence and key players.

The Murders of Nichole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman

The Legacy of Rodney King -- It was more than 10 years ago that Rodney King was beaten in what became an enduring symbol of police brutality and a flash point for racial tensions.

A defense lawyer's suit against Los Angeles District Attorney Stephen Cooley for fabricating evidence and filing false charges against him was reinstated Friday by the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals.

Homicide Special: On the Streets with the LAPD's Elite Detective Unit by Miles Corwin -- A behind-the-scenes look at one of the most elite, highly trained units of homicide detectives in the country. The scene of innumerable bizarre crimes, it is also home to a unique police unit called Homicide Special, whose mandate is to take on the toughest, most controversial, and highest-profile cases. Corwin uses his unprecedented access to narrate six cases and capture its newest generation at work. When a call girl from Kiev dies in the line of duty, detectives seek her killer among a circle of Russian women who have been sold unwittingly into white slavery. When a gangsters daughter, brought up in Las Vegas, takes a bullet, veterans trace clues scattered across the country to one of Manhattans wealthiest real estate magnates. A cold case is reopened; a suspicious mother-daughter drowning and a baffling rape/murder are solved. Corwin re-creates the investigation surrounding the late Bonny Lee Bakley, a woman driven by the desire for fame, and allegedly murdered by her actor-husband, Robert Blake.

L.A. Detectives - Homicide/Hate Crimes (Program #106) Detectives investigate the murder of a 15-year-old girl, and a drive-by shooting that involves a hate crime.

Policing Women: The Sexual Politics of Law Enforcement and the LAPD (Critical Perspectives on the Past) by Janis Appier -- Appier traces the origins of women in police work, explaining how pioneer policewomen's struggles to gain secure footholds in big city police departments ironically helped to make modern police work one of the most male dominated occupations in the US. Women reformers pointed to changing sexual mores among working-class female youth to emphasize the need for a new approach to policing. The policewomen who undertook the work of counseling sexually active teenage girls and their families saw themselves as helping young people achieve moral equilibrium during a period in which standards of conduct were in flux. In the LAPD, the first to hire women, this social work was primarily the responsibility of the City Mother's Bureau; in other major cities, policewomen's roles were similarly maternalistic. Scrutinizing case records, public statements, and departmental policies governing policewomen, Appier shows how female officers handled the complex gender politics of their work with the public and within their departments.

Investigative Reports: LA Riots -- Return to Los Angeles to reexamine the Rodney King beating and the riots that followed the trial of the cops involved in the incident. Reveals that police essentially sat and watched the city burn, the media distorted events, and that a new force--the African-American church--emerged to rebuild South Central L.A.


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LAPD -- The OJ Simpson investigation. Rodney King beating. LA riots. Examine the cases that tarnish the image of the LAPD, once the finest in the nation. See how the LAPD has changed since its glory days in the 1950s, and trace the changes in society, crime, and policing that have combined to turn modern LA into a powder keg. Learn why missteps and deliberate transgressions like the beating of King created a legacy of distrust. Go behind the scenes to examine the landmark cases that defined the department, talk Darryl Gates and Willie Williams for an insider's view of the LAPD. Speak to patrol officers and private citizens to see how the LAPD is regarded on the street.

LAbyrinth: A Detective Investigates the Murders of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls, the Implication of Death Row Records' Suge Knight, and the Origins of the Los Angeles Police Scandal by Randall Sullivan -- Russell Poole, a highly decorated LAPD detective in 1997 was called to investigate a controversial cop-on-cop shooting discovered that the officer killed was tied to Marion "Suge" Knight's gangsta-rap label, Death Row Records. Poole would realize that a growing cadre of officers were allied with the Bloods street gang. He began to uncover evidence that "gangsta cops" may have been involved in the murders of B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur. Poole's detective work pointed to crooked cops such as David Mack, who orchestrated one of the biggest bank heists in LA history. Poole found his investigation stifled by a police chief wary of doing further damage to a department sullied by the OJ trial, the Rodney King beating and the Rampart corruption scandal in which dozens of officers were implicated in robbery, brutality, drug dealing, and false imprisonment. Igniting controversy in the music industry and the LA media, Labyrinth helped prompt two lawsuits against the LAPD (by the widow and mother of Notorious B.I.G., the other by Poole) that may bring this story out of the shadows.

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