TIME Magazine Cover: Los Angeles Riots -- May 11, 1992 Rodney King
The recent sudden death of Rodney King brings back memories of those terrible days in the spring of 1992 that ended in more than 50 deaths, thousands of injuries, and a billion dollars in property damage. The shockingly violent videotaped beating of Rodney King and the subsequent acquittal of four LAPD officers accused of the deed sparked massive riots throughout South Central Los Angeles. The riots proved to be the most destructive in modern U.S. history.
LA Riots of 1992. Around 2,000 injured and 53 died during the riots characterized by looting, arson, and assults.
Rodney King - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The 1991 videotaped beating of Rodney King by L.A.P.D. officers, and subsequent riots triggered by the acquittal of the officers involved, rocked L.A. and the nation. The events brought to the forefront concerns about racism and police brutality within the L.A.P.D. Some, including former L.A.P.D. Police Chief Daryl Gates, say the the way Los Angeles responded to these events helped set the stage for the Rampart scandal. Here are the views of some of the folks involved.
African-American Rodney King beaten by police innocent of any crime. 1990