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L.A. Justice.

VERNON, Robert L.

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ISBN 10: 1561791245 / ISBN 13: 9781561791248
Published by Focus on the Family Publishing, Colorado Springs, 1993
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Small 4to. Black paper over boards, dust jacket. 254pp. Illustrations. Near fine/near fine. Tight , attractive handsome first edition of these "Lessons from the Firestorm" (to cite front jacket panel), being the Los Angeles assistant police chief's account of the Rodney King affair. Inscribed and signed large and bold by the author in black ballpoint on an inner flyleaf: "to tom Paulsen / Enjoyed meeting you / in Wheaton, Ill 6-19-95 / Bob Vernon / Prov 3: 5,6.". Bookseller Inventory # 33112

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Title: L.A. Justice.

Publisher: Focus on the Family Publishing, Colorado Springs

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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The great drama began routinely enough. State Highway Patrol and L.A. police were chasing a suspected drunk driver in the early morning hours of Sunday, March 3, 1991. After the driver, Rodney King, was stopped, however, history-making events unfolded. In what appeared to be a display of excessive force, captured on a home videotape, the officers hit King repeatedly with their batons. They kicked him as well, and King had to be hospitalized for treatment of his injuries. Assistant Chief Bob Vernon was on duty as acting chief the day the story hit the news, and in L.A. Justice he provides the inside view of how the LAPD responded to those events. When the tape was televised, cries of outrage rained down on the LAPD. In the weeks and months that followed, many people, including Mayor Tom Bradley, portrayed the department as racist and demanded the resignation of Chief Daryl Gates. Some in law enforcement, including Bob Vernon, knew that civil unrest was likely to occur at the end of the trial of the four officers charged in the King incident. So plans were made and training was ordered to ensure the police were prepared. Now, for the first time, those plans are described -- along with why most weren't carried out. Why were the verdicts acquitting the officers followed by explosive violence that rocked the nation and left 58 people dead? What smoldering tensions ignited the powder keg and transformed the City of Angels into a raging inferno? And what caused the chaos to spread like wildfire from city to city? These questions are of vital concern to us all, because what happened in L.A. could soon happen across America. We must learn from these tragic events. Fortunately, there is real hope. Bob Vernon sifts through the rubble of American dreams, examining the societal ills that fan the flames of unrest across our land. Then he offers thought-provoking solutions for a nation of families in crisis.

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Bob Vernon started on the streets as a foot beat officer on Skid Row and worked his way up the ranks as a narcotic officer, field sergeant, detective and then through the leadership ranks. He finished as Assistant Chief of Police and Director of operations over ten thousand officers and civilian support personnel.

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