State of Emergency: Inside the Los Angeles Police Department

Elizabeth Canner and Julia Meltzer

1994, 30:00 minutes, colour, English


State of Emergency: Inside the Los Angeles Police Department, uses the Rodney King incident as a springboard to analyze the inner workings of the LAPD under the leadership of former police chief, Daryl Gates. Producers Liz Canner and Julia Meltzer in collaboration with Michael Ainzun of the Coalition Against Police Abuse, also examine cop racism within the department, changes under new Chief Willie Williams, and community solutions for police reform. Through interviews with LAPD officers and supervisors, the tape reveals what life is like behind the "thin blue line". State of Emergency, while specifically addressing police issues in Los Angeles, can also be viewed as reflective of the condition of many police departments in urban areas all over the United States.

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