What I Learned About Civil Unrest During The Los Angeles Riots 25 Years Ago

The last 25 years of urban unrest in America, and around the world, show how rapidly domestic tranquility can collapse when law enforcement steps aside or is overwhelmed.

The age of cell phone video ubiquity treats us with daily outrages over people in authority behaving badly towards the powerless. Unreasoned passion leads to a thirst for justice, or at least the appearance of justice.

In 1991, there were no cell-phone cameras and the Internet was still in its infancy. In March of that year, after a high-speed chase through the night, Los Angeles Police Department officers arrested Rodney King. King was intoxicated. He later admitted that he tried to evade the police because a DUI charge would violate his parole conditions for a prior robbery conviction.

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  • bob e

    he was wrecked on 5 different drugs like most other
    homies when the don’t have to show up for a welfare interview ..

  • Alain

    I well remember those riots where the blacks were as usual the ones rioting and looting claiming it was due to white oppression, while at the same time destroying the stores and places of Americans of Asian descent. I never understood why the army was not called in to shoot them, but then I am not a bleeding-heart liberal.

  • Hard Little Machine

    The lesson I learned is let LA burn.

  • Bless his heart

    There is a slave class that has their minds shackled.

  • Bless his heart

    The Soros funded riots over a man who attacked a police officer and broke the officer’s face had areas where the criminal class did not loot. These locally owned businesses had armed volunteers defending the property. The police were not happy to see them and did harass them somewhat. They were legally there at the invitation of the local property and business owners. I believe that one group was the Oath Keepers.

    A well armed society where good people have guns is a very polite society, so I say.