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Los Angeles, California / Violence / King Beating Trial #344099

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Apr 30, 1992
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Deaths and injuries from the violence in Los Angeles following the verdicts in the Rodney King police beating trial cited.

(Los Angeles: Bill Lagattuta) Violence, fires, and looting in Los Angeles featured; National Guardsmen reported arriving; live scenes of smoke over the city; scenes of mayhem last night and today shown. [MAN - says people have a right to be angry.] Wounding of a fireman reported; map shown of the area where most of the violence is occurring. Question of where the police were during the violence mentioned. [Los Angeles police chief Daryl GATES - talks about being overwhelmed.] [Los Angeles Mayor Tom BRADLEY - says we have had enough.] [FIREMAN - says you can't control people.] [MAN - talks about his store being looted.] 1965 Watts riots recalled; tonight's citywide curfew noted. Discussion held about why the National Guard wasn't called in earlier, and number of fires started in the past 24 hours.

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Los Angeles: Ron Allen) Means by which the defense in the King trial won its case featured. [Defense attorney Michael STONE - notes importance of putting the jurors in the place of the police officers at the scene.] Excerpt shown of videotape of police beating King. [During trial, defendant officer Laurence POWELL, sergeant Stacey KOON - testify.] [On telephone, JUROR - says King was in control of the situation and appeared to be under the influence of PCP; adds that she has no regrets about the verdicts.] [Constitutional expert Erwin CHEMERINSKY - says jurors believed the police version of the incident.] Effect of moving the trial from Los Angeles to Ventura County, California, noted. [Civil rights attorney Johnnie COCHRAN - says there are two Americas: black and white.] Possible additional court action in the case noted.

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Los Angeles: Cinny Kennard) Rage underlying the violence in Los Angeles featured; scenes shown from south central Los Angeles. [At black Los Angeles church, three PEOPLE - comment on the King beating.] [Black WOMAN - talks about how black people act.] [Pastor Cecil MURRAY - talks about being victims.] [MAN - asks about future of young people.] [In Simi Valley, three RESIDENTS - comment.] [Korean GROCER - comments on destruction of his store.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) Related violence during an Atlanta protest march to the state capitol, marchers' blockade of a highway in San Francisco, protesters' breaking of shop windows in San Jose, California, and smashing of police car windshields in Madison, WI, reported; scenes shown from Atlanta and San Francisco.

Allen, Ron;
Kennard, Cinny;
Lagattuta, Bill;
Rather, Dan

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