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Book Review: Blue: The LAPD and the Battle to Redeem American Policing

By Timothy Zindel

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Blue: The LAPD and the Battle to Redeem American Policing

By Joe Domanick
Simon & Schuster (2016) 


Blue is an excellent and readable account of efforts to reform Los Angeles policing after the Rodney King riots, which followed the state court acquittal in a cop-heavy white enclave of the four officers who beat King nearly to death. That beating differed from similar LAPD beatings in that it occurred under the watchful eye of George Holliday, who recorded it on his video camera from a balcony across the street. (The four officers were later convicted in federal court of violating King’s civil rights. All four spent time in prison, although far less than recommended by the then-mandatory sentencing guidelines.)

The 1992 acquittal and the riots they spurred were only the latest in a long series of affronts to the city’s African American community — the Watts riots of 1965 were equally notorious but led to increased militarization of the LAPD, which by the 1980s fought the war on drugs as if

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