The 1992 los angeles riots, also known as the rodney king riots, the south central riots, the 1992 los angeles civil disturbance, the 1992 los angeles civil unrest, the 1992 los angeles uprising, and the battle of los angeles, were a series of riots, lootings, arsons, and civil disturbances that occurred in los angeles county, california in april and may 1992. Hours after the verdicts were announced, outrage and protest turned to violence as the la riots began protestors in south-central los angeles blocked freeway traffic and beat motorists, wrecked and looted numerous downtown stores and buildings, and set more than 100 fires.
Outside the office of his beverly hills attorney, hundreds of reporters gathered to hear rodney g king make a public statement in which he deplored the street riots and urged calm wearing a blue sweater, blue shirt, blue tie and blue slacks, he stepped into the swarm of reporters. Mr king, whose 1991 videotaped beating by the los angeles police became a symbol of racial tensions and led to deadly race riots after the officers were acquitted, was found dead at 47.
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Rodney king pleads to the rioters to make peace may 1, 1992 in los angeles, ca the riots left more than 50 dead, over 4,000 were injured and cost $1 billion in property damage while driving down the 210 freeway in los angeles with two friends, rodney king was detected speeding by the california highway patrol. Right before the riots, there was a massive gang truce between the bloods and the crips throughout the three watts’ projects this came as a result of unity against the police beating of rodney king – march 3, 1991 rodney king was severely beaten by the police on march 3, 1991. On march 3, 1991, paroled felon rodney king led police on a high-speed chase through the streets of los angeles county before eventually surrendering intoxicated and uncooperative, king resisted arrest and was brutally beaten by police officers laurence powell, theodore briseno, and timothy wind. Douglas burrows / liaison / getty rodney king pleads to the rioters to make peace may 1, 1992 in los angeles, ca the riots left more than 50 dead, over 4,000 were injured and cost $1 billion in property damage.
Rodney king was released without charges, and on march 15 sergeant stacey koon and officers powell, wind, and briseno were indicted by a los angeles grand jury in connection with the beating all four were charged with assault with a deadly weapon and excessive use of force. The beating of rodney king and its aftermath has been addressed frequently in art, including the 1997 film riot, an extended discussion on the subject led by edward norton in the 1998 film american history x, the 2014 one-man play rodney king by roger guenveur smith, which has been produced by spike lee and released on netflix in 2017 and the 2016 exhibit viral: 25 years from rodney king. When a mostly white jury acquitted the police officers who were caught on video beating rodney king, it set off the la riots of 1992 who was rodney king born in sacramento, california, on april 2, 1965, rodney king was caught by the los angeles police after a high-speed chase on march 3, 1991.