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[---] Marines, Army and National guard are posted throughout L.A. County.
May 4 * The curfew ends.

May 8 * The Crips and the Bloods announce their agreement on a Gang Truce.
*Federal troops begin to pull out of L.A.

May 12 * Damian Williams, Antoine Miller and Henry Keith Watson are arrested for the beating of Reginald Denny and others on April 29. Gary Williams turns himself in later that day. They quickly come to be called "The L.A. Four."

May 19 * Dan Quayle delivers his "Murphy Brown" speech, in which he blames the L.A. riot on a lack of "family values."

June 30 * Daryl Gates steps down and Willie Williams is sworn in as LAPD Chief.

A June 1992 investigation by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California covering the period of the unrest found "serious civil liberties violations practiced in the name of mass efficiency and political vindictiveness." The city attorney and D.A. suspended plea bargaining and insisted on maximum charges, bail amounts and jail sentences. 

LAPD and Sheriff's Department records obtained by the ACLU show that from April 29 to May 20 the police, in cooperation with new deployments of 1,000 federal officers including Border Patrol SWAT teams, rounded up 1,545 mainly Latino immigrants and turned them over to the Immigration and Naturalization Service, frequently in the absence of any criminal charges. More than 800, largely from Mexico and Central America, were deported following the unrest.


February 4 * Judge John Ouderkirk dismisses 10 of the 33 charges against the four defendants accused of beating Denny and others. Charges of attempted murder of Denny against Damian Williams and Henry Keith Watson are upheld.

April 17* With police, National Guard units, and Camp Pendleton Marines on tactical alert, verdicts are handed down in the King Federal Trial. Officers Brisenio and Wind are acquitted. Officer Powell and Sgt. Stacey Koon are found guilty of violating Rodney King's civil rights.

August 4 * Judge John G. Davies sentences Powell and Koon each to 30 months in jail for convictions which each carry a maximum sentence of a 10 year prison terms and a $250,000 fine.

October 18-20 * The L.A. Superior Court jury hands down several rounds of convictions in the Denny Trial. Damian Williams is cleared of attempted murder and convicted of mayhem and assault for his role in the attacks on Denny and four others (three Latinos and one Asian American). Henry Keith Watson, also acquitted of attempted murder, is convicted of misdemeanor and felony assaults and released on probaation, having already served 17 months in jail.

December 7 * Williams is sentenced to 10 years in jail. 


February 25 * The City of L.A. offers to admit its liability for the beating of Rodney King and to pay him damages. This settlement would enable the city to avoid legal challenges, stemming from the King beating, to the LAPD's current policies on the use of force.

Dramaturg......Kimberly T. Flynn

Sources for Chronology: City of Quartz (Vintage Press, 1992) and "L.A. Was Just the Beginning," (Open Magazine Pamphlet, 1992), both by Mike Davis; Covert Action Information Bulletin Interview with Mike Davis; Los Angeles Times; Amnesty International Report on Police Brutality in L.A., CA; "Civil Liberties in Crisis: Los Angeles During the Emergency" a report by the ACLU of Southern California (1992); The L.A. Weekly; Inside the L.A. Riots: What Really Happened—and Why It Will Happen Again (The Institute for Alternative Journalism, 1992); The New York Times; and articles by Cedric J. Robinson, Rhonda M. Williams, Michael Omi and Howard Winant, and Mike Davis from Reading Rodney King, Reading Urban Uprising (Routledge, 1993), edited by Robert Gooding-Williams.
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