The L.A. Riots: 20 years later

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On the af­ter­noon of April 29, 1992, a jury in Ven­tura County ac­quit­ted four LAPD of­ficers of beat­ing Rod­ney G. King. The in­cid­ent, caught on am­a­teur video­tape, had sparked na­tion­al de­bate about po­lice bru­tal­ity and ra­cial in­justice. The ver­dict stunned Los Angeles, where angry crowds gathered on street corners across the city. The flash point was a single in­ter­sec­tion in South L.A., but it was a scene eer­ily re­peated in many parts of the city in the hours that fol­lowed.

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Published: April 20, 2012
Sources: Times research
Credits: Maloy Moore, TimelineSetter
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