Latasha Harlins

Fifteen year-old Latasha Harlins was in a Los Angeles market in March of 1991 buying juice when the Korean owner of the store, Soon Ja Du, accused the teen of stealing juice although she had money in her hand. A scuffle happened which Harlins got the best of Du, who then reached for a gun and shot Harlins in the head. The issue formed the backdrop for Ice Cube’s song “Black Korea.” Du served 5 years’ probation and fines after judges reduced the original 16-year sentence.

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