Crack in Los Angeles: Crisis, Militarization, and Black Response to the Late Twentieth-Century War on Drugs

@article{Murch2015CrackIL,
  title={Crack in Los Angeles: Crisis, Militarization, and Black Response to the Late Twentieth-Century War on Drugs},
  author={Donna Murch},
  journal={The Journal of American History},
  year={2015},
  volume={102},
  pages={162-173}
}
  • Donna Murch
  • Published 2015
  • History
  • The Journal of American History
In the winter of 1985 the Los Angeles Police Department (lapd) unveiled a signature new weapon in the city’s drug war. With Chief Daryl F. Gates copiloting, the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (swat) used a fourteen-foot battering ram attached to an “armored vehicle” to break into a house in Pacoima. After tearing a “gaping hole” in one of the outside walls of the house, police found two women and three children inside, eating ice cream. swat uncovered negligible quantities of illicit drugs… Expand
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