Re: “When justice was denied and Los Angeles burned” (Leonard Pitts Jr. column, 4-29).
I was there 20 years ago, on duty as a firefighter just blocks from where the riots started. I stood in a sandwich shop and listened to Mayor Tom Bradley on the television.
He said, “The people have to vent their anger.”
I said to my fellow firefighters, “The mayor just started a riot.” I was on duty for 120 hours straight, fighting many fires and treating many injuries during the riots.
The Trayvon Martin incident is not the Rodney King incident, and it isn’t a white vs. black incident (George Zimmerman isn’t even white). Pitts and others in the media want it to be about race because bad news sells and good news is boring.
Pitts is inciting a riot without having all the evidence. He is saying that Zimmerman is guilty until proven innocent. I don’t have all the evidence, but if the trial doesn’t go the way Pitts apparently wants it to go he can bear some of the blame for the actions of his readers.
No one can accuse Pitts of being color blind. If Pitts had seen a riot from my perspective, he would not be so cavalier about it.
(Cunningham is a retired Los Angeles County firefighter.)