The recent Ferguson events have me thinking of the 1992 LA riots. I was flying back from the east coast and went into LA at night, which is usually a mass of lights going forever. The situation was visibly different, since many blocks were blacked out due to the vandalism. We normally make the final approach into LAX going from the land, due to the sea breeze coming off the ocean. In this instance, however, the landing was reversed because air traffic control didn't permit the planes to fly low over the neighborhoods where shots were constantly being fired. Eventually I got home to my worried wife with nothing more remarkable to note.
So has there been any progress since 1992? One observation is that the chaos spread far and wide after Ferguson so that even San Francisco was treated to protests and vandalism, although formerly they had been safely separated from the chaos in Oakland. In terms of the rhetoric, the main difference seems to be that the voices of the anarchists, social justice theologians, and ethicists are much stronger in pointing out the obvious fact that if there were no law enforcement, then there wouldn't be any police brutality. And while we are at it, if there were no laws, then there would be no law breaking.