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Atlanta (AP) — Willie L. Williams, who was the first black police chief in Philadelphia and in Los Angeles, where he took over in the wake of the Rodney King riots, has died. He was 72. His daughter-in-law Valerie Williams told The Associated Press that he died Tuesday evening at his home in Fayetteville, Ga. She said he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. In Los Angeles, Williams was selected in April 1992 to succeed police chief Daryl Gates, whose lengthy tenure had been shaken when four white officers were accused of beating King, a black motorist. Gates
- The Associated Press
With FX’s 10-hour dramatization of the O.J. Simpson trial premiering in February, one might think an Espn documentary of equal length — due to air this spring, but getting a preview at the Sundance Film Festival — would represent serious O.J. overkill. That would be a misconception. “O.J.: Made in America” takes its title to heart, adding rich contextual layers to the case, including a dive into the history of Los Angeles race relations that played such a central role in his acquittal. Having previewed three of five chapters, there’s an abundance of highlights between the kickoff and end zone.
Writer-director Ezra Edelman has been provided an enormous canvas, one that allows him to cut back and forth between the football star’s seemingly charmed life and the world that surrounded him. He has responded with, even in the annals of Espn’s “30 for 30” docs, what feels »
- Brian Lowry
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