Slow Burn: The L.A. Riots

Season 6: Bonus Episode 3
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Daryl Gates’ L.A.

More on the police chief’s influence on the LAPD and its racist, violent policies in the early 1990s, and his clash with L.A. mayor Tom Bradley.

Episode Notes

In this member-exclusive episode, Slow Burn’s host Joel Anderson and producer Ethan Brooks discuss Episode 3, on Daryl Gates and the calls for his ouster after Rodney King’s beating. Then we’ll hear an extended interview with Jim Newton, who covered law enforcement for the L.A. Times.

Mentioned in this episode:
Cops on My Tail,” Slow Burn S3, Ep.2
Slow Burn 6’s Spotify playlist

Production by Chau Tu.

About the Show

In 1992, a jury failed to convict the four Los Angeles police officers who’d been captured on videotape beating Rodney King. The city erupted into fire and chaos—the culmination of decades of unchecked police abuse and racial injustice.

For the sixth season of Slate’s Slow Burn, Joel Anderson returns to explore the people and events behind the biggest civil disturbance in American history—a story that’s still playing out today.

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  • Chau Tu is a former editor of Slate Plus.