Riots have long been a prt of American history. Riots represent the collapse of law and order in our society, when people feel the only way to have their voice heard is through vandalism looting and chaos. Here is a gallery of some of the many riots over the past 40 years.

The Los Angeles city attorney has charged Don Cornelius, former host of “Soul Train,” in connection with two domestic incidents involving his wife last month.

Outside the gates of a Mormon temple, Kai Cross joined more than 2,000 gay-rights advocates in a chorus of criticism of the church’s role in a new California-wide ban on same-sex marriage.

A report by a civil liberties group has found that Los Angeles police officers are more likely to stop and search black and Hispanic residents than they are whites, even though whites are more often found carrying guns and contraband.