- Additional Details
- Format: Closed-Captioned, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 50 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: A&E Home Video
- DVD Release Date: April 26, 1999
INVESTIGATIVE REPORTS exposes a tapestry of ignorance, panic and miscalculation that may have made the L.A. riots inevitable.
When the verdict of the Rodney King police beating trial was released, it touched off a violent riot in South Central Los Angeles. For the next few hours, as the rioters rampaged through the city, the L.A.P.D. essentially sat and watched.
INVESTIGATIVE REPORTSTM examines every aspect of this notorious case, from King's arrest to the rebuilding efforts that continue today, to tell the whole story. Discover how the station that originally aired the videotape edited out 13 seconds that showed King charging the officers, and hear from experts how, if handled correctly, King would have been in handcuffs within seconds. Find out why the command and control structure of the L.A.P.D. crumbled during the riots, and how that tragically magnified their effect. And finally, officials from the First African American Church, a leader in the rebuilding efforts, talk about the progress that has been made in the seven years since Los Angeles exploded.
It's a fascinating, disturbing look at one of the worst civil disturbances in American history, and an indictment of many involved.