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Q3 HW7: Due Tuesday, March 8

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Section 1: Root Word Practice

Write the definition for the root word.

1. Pan ____________________

2. Ism ____________________

3. Dem ____________________

4. Form ____________________

5. Psych ____________________
Use the root words above in a sentence showing that you know the definition. Circle the root word and the definition.
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The 1992 L.A. Riots

On the evening of March 3, 1991, Rodney King, an African American man, and two passengers were driving west on the Foothill Freeway through the Lake View Terrace neighborhood of Los Angeles. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) attempted to start a traffic stop. A high-speed pursuit began with speeds estimated at up to 115 mph first over freeways, and then through residential neighborhoods. When King came to a stop, CHP Officer Timothy Singer and his wife, CHP Officer Melanie Singer, ordered the occupants under arrest.



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After two passengers were placed in the patrol car, five white Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers (Stacey Koon, Laurence Powell, Timothy Wind, Theodore Briseno, and Rolando Solano) attempted to subdue King, who came out of the car last. King was tasered, struck with side-handled batons, then tackled to the ground and cuffed. The officers claimed that King was under the influence of PCP at the time of arrest, which caused him to be very aggressive and violent toward the officers. Koon said King resisted arrest. Video footage of the arrest showed that he was attempting to get up each time he was struck, and that the police made no attempt to cuff him until he lay still.

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A subsequent test for the presence of PCP several days later turned up negative. The incident was captured on a camcorder by resident George Holliday from his apartment in the vicinity. At the officers’ trial, the mostly white jurors saw the full, unedited video of King’s arrest, which included footage of King resisting arrest that was cut out of most news reports. In addition to suspected racism on the part of jurors, the fact that King didn't testify—and that the defense had better witnesses than the prosecution—resulted in the jury acquitting the officers.

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In a later interview, King, who was on parole for a robbery conviction and had past convictions for assault, battery and robbery, said that he had not surrendered earlier because he was driving while intoxicated under the influence of alcohol and he knew that an arrest for DUI would violate the terms of his parole. Rodney King was later awarded a $3.8 million court settlement in a civil suit against the L.A. Police Department. In addition, two of the officers involved in the incident were convicted of federal civil rights violations and served prison time. Unfortunately, King continued to struggle with substance abuse and passed away in 2012.

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The 1992 Los Angeles Race Riots began on April 29, 1992, after the L.A. police officers were acquitted for the March 3, 1991 beating of Rodney King.

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The riots started in South Central L.A. after the not-guilty verdicts were read. They spread out into other areas of Los Angeles over and continued for the next six days. They were the largest riots seen in the United States since the 1960s and the worst in terms of death toll. The rioting ended after soldiers from the California Army National Guard, along with U.S. Marines from Camp Pendleton were called in to stop the rioting after the local police could not handle the situation. By the time the riots ended on May 3, 55 people (mostly Asians and Latinos) were dead, 10,000 businesses had been destroyed by fire, and there was over $1 billion in stolen property and damages. White truck driver Reginald Denny became a symbol of the violence when he was pulled from his truck and beaten by rioters.

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1. In the context of the passage, what is the meaning of acquit?

a. Charged

b. Released

c. Angry


d. Convicted

2. What was the main cause of the 1992 riots?

a. Rodney King being pulled over

b. Rodney King drinking and driving

c. Rodney King being assaulted by police officers

d. The police officers being found innocent

3. Why did King not pull over immediately when the police pursued him?

a. He was on parole

b. He was on drugs

c. He was fearful that he would be beaten

d. He did not see the police car

4. Which of the following did not occur during the riots?

a. Murder b. Arson

c. Theft d. Drunk driving

5. What can you infer played a major role in the cause of the riots?

a. Anger over racism

b. Religious discrimination

c. Drugs and alcohol

d. Annoyance with local businesses

6. Which of these sentences presents author’s bias in the article?

a. The riots started in South Central L.A. after the not-guilty verdicts were read.

b. Unfortunately, King continued to struggle with substance abuse and passed away in 2012.

c. They spread out into other areas of Los Angeles over and continued for the next six days.

d. The incident was captured on a camcorder by resident George Holliday from his apartment in the vicinity.




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