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NLC supports Mayor Bradley's efforts: Glenda Hood calls for an end to violence.

As The Weekly went to press, the National Guard had moved in to take control of several Los Angeles neighborhoods hit by spontaneous acts of violent civil disturbance in reaction to the acquittal of four white police officers who had been captured on videotape beating a black motorist.

Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley invoked a dusk-to-dawn curfew on the city and sent 2000 National Guard troops into the neighborhoods to help quell the disturbances and enforce the curfew.

NLC President Glenda Hood expressed her support and that of the NLC leadership to former NLC President Tom Bradley in his efforts to quickly bring the violence and civil distrubances to a halt.

She said, "The tragedy that began in Los Angeles and spread across the nation underscores the National League of Cities' commitment to the critical needs of our nation's communities. We have been painfully reminded that frustrations with no outlet, fueled by poverty and a sense of powerlessness, create cauldrons of hate and destruction.

"Today we must restore order. Tomorrow our cities must convince the federal government that its top priority has to be providing our communities with the economic and social means to bring about the restoration of hope."

Elsewhere, a rally being held in Atlanta, Ga. to protest the acquittal turned violent as a small group of people rampaged through downtown Atlanta, throwing rocks and breaking windows. Students in Odenton, Md. protested the verdict by refusing to attend classes. In Madison, Wisc., the windshields of police squad cars were shattered.

NLC will continue to watch the situation in Los Angeles and across the country and will provide more comprehensive coverage in next week's Nation's Cities Weekly.
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Title Annotation:National League of Cities; Tom Bradley
Author:McCloud, Thom
Publication:Nation's Cities Weekly
Date:May 4, 1992
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