In late April of 1992, Los Angeles erupted in anger, rioting and chaos for six days following the jury acquittal of police officers involved in the beating of Rodney King. On America’s news, citizens watched as city-wide unrest devolved into fiery violence and widespread looting.
Now, 23 years later, Chapman University alumnus and creative writing
Ryan Gattis ’01, has written
. This collection of fictional first-person essays tells the interconnected stories of firefighters, gang members, nurses, the homeless and others as they react and respond to the crisis.