The Grapevine
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The Grapevine

In 1965, Watts blew up. The upheaval of 1992 spilled from the nearby corner of Florence and Normandie. In February of this year, an LAPD officer shot and killed 13-year-old Devin Brown as he rammed a police cruiser with a stolen car. The question now in the air: Is L.A. again on the brink of riots?
— Charles Duhigg and Michael Soller

“People are very angry. They are ready to attack.”
— Sara Lopez, 35. ()
“Hell yes. If there’s no repercussions for the police that killed Devin, you’ll see people in the streets.”

— Artemus Jackson, 37 (two blocks from where the Watts riot began). ()
”The police chief gave people a chance to vent and they talked all their anger out.”

— Debra Steward, 52, a volunteer at one of the 17 ‘Days of Dialogue’ forums following the Brown killing. ()
“The supermarket I work at has bought plywood to put across the windows in case of riots. It’s to keep out the looters.”

— Johanna Aldana, 18. ()
“A lot of people want free stuff and they like to fight. If riots start, I’m gonna get me a new stereo.”

— James Hull, 26. ()
“After the King riots, all the markets here shut down. It took years for us to get decent stores again. People learned their lesson. That won’t ever happen again.”

— Bethorla Walls, 50, a record producer. ()
“This is a Hispanic and black neighborhood now. Families have moved in, and they thank the police now because they protect them from the crime.”

— Ronnie Love, 51, a baker who has resided near the origin of the 1992 riots for almost four decades. ()