Skip to comments.Bob Tur, the L.A. Riotsí Eye in the Sky, on Reginald Denny & More (re Rodney King verdict)
Posted on 04/28/2012 7:41:38 PM PDT by doug from upland
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Damian "Football" Williams, probably the best-known of the assailants, was a 19-year-old with a criminal record including arrests for auto theft and robbery but had no convictions. A football star in high school, he dreamed of becoming a professional football player and briefly played in a semi-professional league. When he was 16, he dropped out of school. He joined a gang called the "Eight Tray Gangster Crips".
Williams became the most recognized participant of L.A. riots due to the live news broadcast of his attack on Denny and because of his memorable nickname which was repeated frequently in news media. Williams was identified as the man who had used a brick on Denny by computer enhancement of the videotape which revealed an identifying tattoo. Although the Denny beating received great publicity, Williams and his companions also assaulted and beat several Asian and Latino motorists who were passing through the area. Williams was charged with attempted murder as well as assault and mayhem.
After the riots the Mexican Mafia had a "hit" out on Williams, the contract to kill him was picked up by the now infamous and then little known MS-13. In 1993, Williams was convicted of mayhem and misdemeanor assault and was sentenced to 10 years. In 1997, Williams was released for good behavior, but in 2003, he received a life sentence at Pelican Bay State Prison for the 2000 murder of Grover Tinner, a drug dealer. He will not be eligible for parole until he serves 47 years
Ain't LBJ's Great Society just great? We are well into the third generation of the Great Society right now. < /s >
It only gets worse from here on.
The guy who climbed up on the truck and opened the door was shot in an LA club a couple years after the event, I read.
Poor drug dealer Grover Tinner. He may still be alive had Williams not been released early. Although, for the benefit of society, it actually became a good two-fer.
Antoine “Twan” Miller was a 19-year-old who lived with the Williams family. Miller’s mother was a drug addict; and as a child, Miller was sent to live with his grandmother. When he was 12, his grandmother killed his grandfather and was convicted of this murder, leaving Miller homeless. Williams’ mother, well-known around the neighborhood as kind and caring, took Miller into her home. Miller’s only previous arrest was for joyriding. At the age of 31, Miller was shot in a Hollywood nightclub on February 1, 2004 and died from his wounds soon after.
...and as more vehicles were pelted with bottles and rocks, he warned viewers of his live broadcast on KCOP-TV Channel 13 to stay away from the flashpoint. It was clear, Tur said "that if you were any race other than black -- and this includes Hispanic, Asian, white -- you were in danger." The man wanted to "burn Mr. Denny alive," Tur said. "We were watching a man being lynched in the streets."
But the point is that both of those criminals were products of the LBJs Great Society.
It didn't have to be that way, and it wasn't until the Federal Government decided they could manage every life with a welfare check and an army of social workers.
There 'compassion' has destroyed millions of people and has now become a highly profitable industry that will fight to the death for its own survival.
They don't really give a damn about the number of lives they destroy.
At the time of the riots I was living in Ridgecrest, California, about two hours north of Los Angeles. I remember one announcer (not sure if he was in a chopper or a studio) who called the rioters “animals”. He was ripped by the liberal media, but I agreed with him.
One of the classics from the riots was liberal Hollywood actors asking Charleton Heston to loan them guns. LOL No, jackasses, get trained, go through the waiting period, buy a weapon, and keep it ready to defend your home and family from the animals.
Great thread, Doug. Not a great time for LA....
WHO was the idiot mayor at the time?
Tom Bradley, I think.
Tom Bradley was mayor.
Yeah...that’s right, thanks.
I’ll never forget that press conference he gave. I KNEW there would be rioting...
I lived in the city of Downey when the riots went down, about 2 miles from that intersection. Had a lot of lib neighbors asking for the loan of a weapon and ammunition; same people who would not give me the time of day before this went down.
Naturally I had to refuse them from a liability standpoint, they were more likely to shoot themselves or their husband or wife coming through the door than any bad guy.
These are the same people who thought I was a terrible parent for having weapons in my home with 2 small children ages 10 and 12; never bothered to tell them the kids already had their own long guns and were trained to use them.
Never could understand those people; we lived right across the river bed from the city of Bell, and that town was just full of ex-cons, cons on parole and other assorted criminals and gang banger types. Liberals, go figure.
Tom Bradley... the rabble rouser.
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