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On Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 3:37:56 PM UTC-5, Mark Leeper wrote:
> LET IT FALL: 1982-1992
>                (a film review by Mark R. Leeper)
>     CAPSULE: A single documentary written and directed by 
>     John Ridley covers the entire Rodney King Incident from 
>     the decade-long buildup of anger to his high-speed chase 
>     to the riots that lasted for five days and did an 
>     estimated one billion dollars in damage and in which sixty 
>     people died.  The style of the documentary is not 
>     groundbreaking, but it has a flow of witness testimony 
>     combined with footage of the surrounding events.  The slow 
>     build-up of racial resentment increases over a decade of 
>     time until the release of hostility seems inevitable.  
>     The film is seemingly a very complete look at a decade of 
>     increasing racial hostility.  Rating: +2 (-4 to +4) 
>     or 7/10
> Last summer there were several cases of apparently the same story 
> from different parts of the country.  Police would deal with a 
> man--usually black--being the victim of police brutality and/or 
> racism.  And the treatment was met with protests and protests that 
> "black lives matter."  To one degree or another they all were 
> repeating the scenario of the Rodney King beating, the Rodney King 
> Trial, and the Los Angeles race riots known as the Rodney King 
> riots.  LET IT FALL: 1982-1992 documents at length the story of the 
> Rodney King riot, the trial that led up to the riots, and the years 
> of racism that led to the Rodney King beatings.
> In the 1940s and 1950s the Los Angeles police department enjoyed a 
> very positive reputation with the public.  It probably was looked 
> upon as favorably as any police department in the country.  There 
> was even a radio and later television program, "Dragnet", that was 
> based on actual police cases and which made a star of Jack Webb as 
> Sergeant Joe Friday, Badge 714.  But as South Central Los Angeles 
> filled with greater numbers of ethnic minorities there was 
> increasing friction among Blacks, Koreans, Hispanics, street-gangs, 
> and drug dealers.  The police's style dealing with affluent whites 
> was generally respectful, but their treatment of minorities was 
> more one of exhibiting power and force.  Police who would be in 
> South Central LA were trained not only in self-defense but in how 
> best to restrain offenders with chokeholds, tasers, guns, etc. 
> On March 3, 1991, King was captured by the California Highway 
> Patrol after a high-speed chase.  The arresting officers from the 
> LAPD brutally and horribly beat him.  What the officers had not 
> counted on was that the beating was filmed on a video camera.  The 
> video seemed to be incontrovertible proof of savage brutality from 
> the police.  But there is no criteria of what force is excessive.
> The police were put on trial and to the surprise of many the jury 
> found them to be not guilty. After the famous tape of the beating 
> is shown, it is hard to interpret the arrest as anything less than 
> illegally excessive force.  This sparked a race riot of huge 
> proportion.  More than sixty people lost their lives and the 
> looting and fires continued for five days.
> Much of the anger was taken out against Korean shop-owners who had 
> done little wrong but whom the rioters identified with their 
> oppressors.  Writer/director John Ridley's documentary shows the 
> violence of the riots, the trial that led to the riots, the 
> incident that led to the trial, and the years of racism that led to 
> the incident.  It is all told by witnesses to the actual events, on 
> and off the street.
> The Rodney King beating should not have led to the unreasoning riot 
> that it did.  But if it had not occurred, something worse probably 
> would have happened elsewhere.  LET IT FALL: 1982-1992 stands with 
> last year's O.J.: MADE IN AMERICA and I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO as a 
> powerful retrospective on the dynamics of United States race 
> relations.  I rate LET IT FALL a +2 on the -4 to +4 scale or 7/10.  
> The film had a limited theatrical release in April 2017 at its full 
> length of 144 minute and a television showing a week later cut to 
> about 90 minutes.
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> 					Mark R. Leeper
> 					Copyright 2017 Mark R. Leeper