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The Limits of Community PolicingCivilian Power and Police Accountability in Black and Brown Los Angeles$
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Luis Daniel Gascón and Aaron Roussell

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781479871209

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479871209.001.0001

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Roots, Rebellion, and Reform

Roots, Rebellion, and Reform

(p.31) 1 Roots, Rebellion, and Reform
The Limits of Community Policing

Luis Daniel Gascón

Aaron Roussell

NYU Press

This chapter closely examines three of LA’s biggest violent disturbances—the 1943 Government Riot (popularly known as the Zoot Suit Riots), the 1965 Watts Rebellion, and the 1992 Rodney King Uprisings. Each section begins with a brief recounting of the circumstances of the outbreak of each disturbance. Following this, the authors discuss the preconditions of each event: from the social, economic, and political changes to the role of LA police and government in each period. Each section culminates in an analysis of the reports produced by each “riot commission.” The final section highlights what the authors found. Tracing LA’s history of violent disturbances, they show that community governance discourse has time and again been used as part of a larger public confidence-building project.

Keywords:   genealogy, urban riots, riot commissions, police accountability, police and policing, repression, community, police legitimacy, Black studies, Chicano/Latino studies

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