Bernard Parks speaks about the LA riots
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LA riots: Ex-police chief on community outrage

In 1992, the city of Los Angeles was gripped by riots for six days after three officers were acquitted of beating Rodney King.

Bernard Parks, who served as a deputy police chief at the time, tells the BBC about working inside the Los Angeles Police Department during the Rodney King case and what he did when he became chief to overcome years of distrust.

"The big battle inside LAPD was people trying to determine where they stood," Mr Parks said, "On whether it was appropriate or inappropriate to use force on Rodney King."

  • 29 Apr 2012