15-Year-Old Latasha Harlins Killed Over a Bottle of Orange Juice

11 Posted by - November 14, 2018 - Injustices, LATEST POSTS

Latasha Harlins was a 15-year-old girl who was shot and killed on March 16, 1991 by Soon Ja Du, a 51-year-old Korean store owner. Harlens was a student at Westchester High School in Los Angeles, California. Her death happened thirteen days after the videotape of the Rodney King beating was released.

Storeowner Du saw Harlins putting a bottle of orange juice in her backpack. She thought that the young girl was attempting to steal the bottle of juice, she did not see the money that Harlins had in her hand to pay for the juice. Du grabbed at Harlins by the sweater in attempt to snatch her backpack, but Harlins struck Du three times with her fist, allegedly knocking her to the ground. After Harlins backed away from Du. Du picked up a stool and threw it at her. Harlins then picked up the orange juice that dropped during the scuffle, and threw it on the counter and turned to leave the store. That is when Du reached under the counter to retrieve a handgun. She then fired at 15-year-old Harlins from behind at a distance of about three feet, shot her in the back of her head, killing her instantly.

Du’s husband, Billy Heung Ki Du, heard the shot and rushed into the store and called 911. Harlins died with two dollars in her left hand. Du claimed self-defense and testified that she felt her life was in danger. However, there were contradictory statements of two witnesses who were present at the time and the security camera footage that showed Du shooting Harlins in the back of the head leaving the store. The Los Angeles police department ballistics expert report also found that the handgun Du used had been altered in such a way that, compared to an ordinary handgun, much less pressure on the trigger was necessary to result in firing.

On November 15 1991 the jury found Du guilty of voluntary manslaughter with a 16-year prison sentence recommendation, believing that Du’s shooting was fully within her control and she fired the gun voluntarily. The presiding judge, Joyce  Karlin reduced the sentence to probation of five years, four hundred hours of community service, and a $500.00 fine.

 

source:

http://msmagazine.com/blog/2012/05/07/remembering-the-l-a-riots-remembering-latasha-harlins/

45 Comments

  • Al Hill II February 25, 2016 - 11:22 am Reply

    Wow I remember this incident, what a tragedy & miscarriage of justice

    • Nels Harrod June 17, 2019 - 12:02 pm Reply

      I lived there and blacks were out of control being violent with all Koreans and anyone not black, the Korean woman just snapped and couldn’t take it anymore and thats why no one starts little stores in black areas, they are always stealing, and no one puts juice or what everbin their nap sack out of sight if they are gonna buy the product, the clerk has to know what it is your buying to charge the proper amount.

      • A Bennett July 10, 2019 - 8:35 pm Reply

        You cannot be serious. A bottle of juice has been proven to be worth more than this child’s life was and this is what you contribute to the conversation?

        • Masked Marvyl August 9, 2019 - 12:39 pm Reply

          Yes, Nels, “she just snapped and couldn’t take it anymore”. You know this store owner’s personal history of blacks leading up to that point. She shot a teenager in the back of the head who was leaving the store (not the leg, or the arm, which would have wounded her and incapacitated her, but the back of the head) and murdered her, because she just “snapped”.
          You a big dummy, Nels.

        • Bonita Taylor September 9, 2019 - 5:29 pm Reply

          Are you serious…are you seriously trying to justify that girl being murdered?? I was in California at the time & they showed the footage of the tape. That’s not exactly how it happened. She was upset because Latasha defended herself after owner hit her & began walking out. Please watch it 1st before defending murder (an execution)!

      • Sadnews July 14, 2019 - 5:41 pm Reply

        Your comment is not surprising. Where I live White is always stealing, but the media damn sure doesn’t put that information in the news.

      • Elvis Sanchez July 25, 2019 - 1:01 pm Reply

        People who think like you are very narrow minded. You don’t consider the plight of Blacks and what they have had to endure as a race. Consider slavery and its generational effects. Consider the marginalization they endure in education, employment, housing, criminal justice, and even driving. Consider the introduction of cocaine to the Black community by the CIA to fund Latin American skirmishes. Consider the constant prejudice and petty 911 calls for simply being Black. Consider their disproportionate prison population. How a people with such little opportunities are treated in this country is shameful. Nothing could ever possibly justify the killing of Latasha Harlins for a bottle of orange juice. In memory of Latasha I purchased the domain latashaharlins.com and I welcome anyone who could help me pay tribute to the child by establishing her website. God Bless.

      • Kay August 16, 2019 - 10:13 am Reply

        You couldn’t be serious

        • Kay August 16, 2019 - 10:14 am Reply

          @ *Nels

  • Eric Harrell July 16, 2017 - 4:52 am Reply

    Just wrong on so many levels. A kid shot dead from behind, the shooter set free with a light sentence and a judge that made it happen. Nothing says justice at all in this story.

    • Nikki July 2, 2019 - 12:17 am Reply

      At it funny how when it is a darker skin person no one has sympathy but now you can go in about any store and buy bags to conceal your items in while shopping. The bags you purchace at the counter for about two dollars with all types of designs on them. Now if Becky return back to the store and put something in her bag. She is considered misguided but a black child is a thief and desrves to die. Thats why the bible speaks that only a choosen few shall enter the kingdom of heaven and for those who think this world belongs to them. Shall your soul remain

  • Jikes October 21, 2017 - 7:13 am Reply

    Just 5 years. This is, sad

    • gj February 13, 2018 - 6:06 am Reply

      no 5 yrs probation no custody

    • RENA September 11, 2019 - 7:32 pm Reply

      A CHILD SHOULD DIE OVER A SMALL BOTTLE OF ORANGE JUICE?
      PLEASE DON’T QUOTE THE BIBLE, BECAUSE PEOPLE WHO THINK LIKE YOU DO NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO USE GOD’S WORD TO JUSTIFY YOUR RACISM. THE BIBLE IS CLEAR THAT THOSE WHO DO NOT HAVE LOVE FOR HIS FELLOW MAN OR WOMAN ARE NOT CHILDREN OF GOD..

      YOU ARE ANY PERSON WHO DOES NOT LOVE, CANNOT ASK GOD TO LOVE THEM.

  • Taffy August 14, 2018 - 6:31 pm Reply

    I don’t understand her putting the OJ in her back pack before paying it. However this doesn’t excuse the store owner for murdering her in cold blood. She should have gotten 25 years to life.

  • Willis Pullen 3rd November 30, 2018 - 6:34 am Reply

    She was attempting to pay for that. Deportation not enough. This along with Rodney started the 92’ Riots. Terrible time in LA.

  • Markeithe Jackson December 5, 2018 - 5:43 pm Reply

    I never understood that either. It didn’t make any sense. I guess she was just young and silly. They were gangs and other youngsters robbing their store around that time and I guess the lady thought she was stealing. She was so blind sighted about the money being in the girl’s hand that she racially profiled her and killed her.

  • Markeithe Jackson December 5, 2018 - 5:46 pm Reply

    Yes I agree. My mother was in court when Karlin got rid of the sentence. Then, the acquittal of those 4 officers. April 29, 1992, what a year and day smh

  • fila sneakers April 1, 2019 - 2:28 pm Reply

    Fjallraven’s Kanken bags are well known for being versatile and durable. Click here to see why the Kanken name is synonymous with quality!

  • Vern Puccini April 2, 2019 - 1:25 pm Reply

    Inspiring quest there. What happened after?Take care!

  • fjallraven pants April 24, 2019 - 10:14 pm Reply

    Explore backpacks & bags from Fjallraven – the Swedish brand and home of the iconic Kanken. Find laptop bags, trekking backpacks, tote bags and much more.

  • fjallraven kanken amazon April 28, 2019 - 12:43 am Reply

    Shop beanies and scarves from Fjällräven online store. We have beanies and scarves for all seasons. Shop now at our official web store.

  • gamefly free trial May 3, 2019 - 7:20 pm Reply

    Greetings! Very helpful advice within this post! It is the little changes that will make the most important
    changes. Thanks a lot for sharing!

  • minecraft free May 9, 2019 - 4:10 am Reply

    Hello! I know this is kinda off topic but I was wondering
    if you knew where I could locate a captcha plugin for my comment form?
    I’m using the same blog platform as yours and I’m having trouble finding one?
    Thanks a lot!

  • Creme para manchas na pele May 9, 2019 - 8:17 am Reply

    Eu don ‘ t nem sei como vim parar aqui, mas eu pensei que este
    post foi grande. Eu don ‘ t sei quem você é mas definitivamente é vai um blogueiro famoso se você não são já ;
    ) Um brinde!

  • g May 11, 2019 - 11:40 pm Reply

    What’s up, this weekend is pleasant in support of me, because this point
    in time i am reading this impressive educational piece of writing
    here at my residence.

  • how to download minecraft free May 14, 2019 - 9:31 pm Reply

    I don’t even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was
    good. I do not know who you are but certainly you’re going to a famous blogger if you aren’t already 😉 Cheers!

  • Paulo Vicente May 16, 2019 - 1:59 am Reply

    DIABO- Qual falece com o objetivo de Inferno é você.

  • Pedro Pedro Henrique May 17, 2019 - 11:53 pm Reply

    Quantidade: Multidão a Danças Folclóricas Alemãs Edelweiss.

  • how to get help in windows 10 May 20, 2019 - 8:05 pm Reply

    you are actually a excellent webmaster. The website loading speed is amazing.
    It kind of feels that you’re doing any distinctive trick.
    Also, The contents are masterpiece. you’ve done a great job on this subject!

  • lacoste driving shoes May 20, 2019 - 10:44 pm Reply

    Ebay Timberland 41 Boots Damen Kleinanzeigen OXuTiZPk. … OutletRamerDamen OutletRamerDamen OutletRamerDamen Lacoste OutletRamerDamen …

  • Ron Walker May 23, 2019 - 8:31 am Reply

    I just want to say that the murder of Latasha Harlins was uncalled for. Maybe I’m wrong, but to me it seems like the store owner was a little trigger happy in this incident. If Latasha would have held a gun on her then that would have been a different story, but the fact that she DIDN’T…then that is obvious. I believe the store owner was embarrassed that this young lady was whooping her behind in the little tussle they had right before the shooting. Soon Ja Du doesn’t know it, but if she don’t REPENT for what she done to this young lady then she’s going to pay dearly for this violent crime, she knows she was wrong for what she done to this girl. There’s no real justification for the shooting.

  • gamefly free trial May 23, 2019 - 6:25 pm Reply

    Hello there, I found your website by way of Google even as looking for a
    related subject, your website came up, it appears great. I’ve bookmarked it in my
    google bookmarks.
    Hello there, simply became aware of your blog thru Google, and located that it is really informative.
    I am going to watch out for brussels. I will appreciate should you proceed
    this in future. Many folks will probably be benefited out of your
    writing. Cheers!

  • seo May 26, 2019 - 5:13 pm Reply

    Everything wrote was actually very logical. But, what about this?

    suppose you were to create a awesome title? I am not saying your content isn’t good,
    but suppose you added something that grabbed folk’s attention? I mean Black Then | 15-Year-Old Latasha Harlins Killed Over a
    Bottle of Orange Juice is kinda vanilla. You should peek
    at Yahoo’s home page and note how they create post headlines to grab viewers to click.
    You might add a related video or a picture or two to grab readers interested
    about what you’ve written. In my opinion, it could bring your website a little bit
    more interesting.

  • gamefly free trial May 29, 2019 - 5:30 pm Reply

    Exceptional post however , I was wanting to know if you could write a litte more on this topic?
    I’d be very grateful if you could elaborate a little bit further.

    Thanks!

  • how to get help in windows 10 May 30, 2019 - 7:16 am Reply

    Amazing! This blog looks exactly like my old one!

    It’s on a totally different topic but it has pretty much the same layout and design. Great choice of colors!

  • Lisbeth Stahlhut May 31, 2019 - 1:21 pm Reply

    This is a great post. Thank you for sharing!

  • gamefly free trial May 31, 2019 - 1:55 pm Reply

    It’s awesome to visit this web site and reading the views of all friends regarding this paragraph, while I am also keen of getting familiarity.

  • gamefly free trial May 31, 2019 - 10:27 pm Reply

    No matter if some one searches for his necessary thing, so he/she wishes to be available that in detail, therefore that thing is maintained over here.

  • gamefly free trial June 2, 2019 - 12:05 pm Reply

    Pretty section of content. I just stumbled upon your web site
    and in accession capital to assert that I get in fact enjoyed account your blog posts.
    Any way I’ll be subscribing to your augment and even I achievement you access consistently quickly.

  • Eve Hobbs June 3, 2019 - 10:39 pm Reply

    Racial profiling shows that the persons involved don’t care or respect themselves,because if they did they could respect others. The Bible teaches us to do unto others as you would have done to you. If these racists would have such things done to them or their children, the unGodly behavior would cease! If klansmen were lynched and shot at will and put on public display, they would think twice above taking black lives. How do they sleep at night? They do because they honor their father,Satan!!

  • gamefly free trial June 4, 2019 - 5:20 am Reply

    Thanks very nice blog!

  • gamefly free trial June 7, 2019 - 1:13 am Reply

    After looking at a few of the articles on your web site,
    I really like your way of blogging. I book-marked it to my bookmark site list and
    will be checking back in the near future. Take a look at my web site too
    and tell me how you feel.

  • Randglync June 7, 2019 - 11:12 am Reply

    Buy Ivermectin Pills Online Use Of Zithromax Kamagra Tab generic levitra for sale in us Levitra Vardenafil 10 Mg Propecia Blutspende How To Use Kamagra Tablets

  • T Ross June 18, 2019 - 4:15 am Reply

    I believe Johnny Cochran was the asian lady’s Lawyer. This is before the OJ case so nobody really knew him. Ice Cube dissed him on a song called “My Skin is my Sin” from his Bootlegs and B Sides EP.

  • Leave a reply