25th Anniversary Of The LA Riots

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25th Anniversary of the L.A Riots

After years of rising tensions between the LAPD and the African American community, this led to the Los Angeles riots.

On March 3, 1991, Rodney King leads the police on a high-speed chase through Los Angeles County. King was hit with batons more than 50 times by LAPD officers.  A man named George Holliday, recorded the beating from his apartment balcony.  There were over 20 officers during the scene, most of these officers were from the LAPD. Due to the beating, King suffered 11 fractures and other injuries.

On April 29, 1992, the four officers that assaulted King were not found guilty, this arose anger among the community. This lead to several days of violence, looting and arson throughout the city of Los Angeles. The people who were at the courthouse when the verdict was announced began to protest. Later, the anger among the people began to use violence, this happened in the intersection of Florence and Normandie Avenue. The police officers became overwhelmed and were forced to leave. The next day, Mayor Tom Bradley declares a state of emergency, and Governor Pete Wilson calls in National Guard troops. A curfew was enforced from April 30th- May 4th in the city of Los Angeles. There were over 1,100 Marines, 600 Army soldiers, and 6,500 National Guard troops patrolling the streets of Los Angeles.

During the last days there were over 50 people dead and about 2,000 injuries. Approximately, 3,000 building were burned down or destroyed and 3,000 businesses were affected.

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  1. Grecia Meglar on February 9th, 2018 11:31 am

    A quick, informative piece to remind of the riots that tore through our streets. Great recap!

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