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The Los Angeles riots which took place in April 1992, became a national issue claiming 55 lives, injuring 2,300 and burning over 800 buildings in the city.

What did these troubling events reveal to American political leaders and the public in general?


California cities were not immune to the complex problems that southern cities had experienced during earlier decades.


Police brutality was prevalent across the nation and was an issue not solved during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.


Very little, if anything, was accomplished for minorities during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.


The riots had a basis in the economic and social limitations still plaguing minorities in America's urban centers.


The Federal government had to re-focus its attention on America's domestic problems, not bringing an end to the Cold War.

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