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The contested murder of Latasha Harlins : justice, gender, and the origins of the LA riots

Author: Brenda E Stevenson
Publisher: Oxford, UK : Oxford University Press, [2013]
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"In The Contested Murder of Latasha Harlins, Brenda Stevenson tells the dramatic story of an earlier trial, a turning point on the road to the 1992 riot. On March 16, 1991, fifteen-year-old Latasha Harlins, an African American who lived locally, entered the Empire Liquor Market at 9172 South Figueroa Street in South Central Los Angeles. Behind the counter was a Korean woman named Soon Ja Du. Latasha walked to the  Read more...
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Named Person: Soon Ja Du; Latasha Harlins; Soon Ja Du; Latasha Harlins
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Brenda E Stevenson
ISBN: 9780199944576 0199944571 9780190231019 0190231017
OCLC Number: 810533911
Description: xxxi, 411 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: 'Tasha : the girl with the wonderful smile --
Soon Ja Du : "She had a good life in Korea" --
March 16, 1991 : not just another Saturday in South Central --
People v. Du : "I would dream of closing arguments" --
People v. Du : sentencing --
Whose fire this time? --
Epilogue : Justice?
Responsibility: Brenda E. Stevenson.

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"In The Contested Murder of Latasha Harlins, Brenda Stevenson tells the dramatic story of an earlier trial, a turning point on the road to the 1992 riot. On March 16, 1991, fifteen-year-old Latasha Harlins, an African American who lived locally, entered the Empire Liquor Market at 9172 South Figueroa Street in South Central Los Angeles. Behind the counter was a Korean woman named Soon Ja Du. Latasha walked to the refrigerator cases in the back, took a bottle of orange juice, put it in her backpack, and approached the cash register with two dollar bills in her hand-the price of the juice. Moments later she was face-down on the floor with a bullet hole in the back of her head, shot dead by Du. Joyce Karlin, a Jewish Superior Court judge appointed by Republican Governor Pete Wilson, presided over the resulting manslaughter trial. A jury convicted Du, but Karlin sentenced her only to probation, community service, and a $500 fine. The author meticulously reconstructs these events and their aftermath, showing how they set the stage for the explosion in 1992"--Www.Amazon.com.

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Contested Murder makes it clear the tragedy inside the Empire Market and the violence that followed in South L.A. and Koreatown should be remembered by all Angelenos as a turning point in their Read more...

 
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