Los Angeles Erupts in Violence and Civil Disorder – L.A. Riots: April 29,1992

On April 29, 1992, a major outbreak of violence erupted in South-Central Los Angeles California when thousands of people protested a court verdict that acquitted four L.A.P.D. officers of any wrongdoing in the arrest of a motorist after a high-speed chase through the streets of L.A. County. The policemen were caught on amateur video brutally beating an unarmed African-American man named Rodney King. The widely viewed video created tensions in a country where police officers were often accused of racial profiling and racist brutality against the African American Community.

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all photos by Kirk McKoy, LA Times

A jury composed of 10 whites, a Hispanic, and an Asian acquitted the officers of the charges they faced causing immediate civil unrest. The initial violence turned into a widespread riot that would last over five entire days and engulfed the entire Los Angeles Metropolitan area resulting into major civil unrest, looting, and arson that caused the death of 50 people while injuring more than 2,000.

Law and order were only restored after President George Bush ordered military troops and specialized federal officers to intervene on May 1st.

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