20 years after LA riots, Rodney King reflects on unrest of the past and present
Twenty years ago on 29 April 1992, riots broke out in Los Angeles – and spread to other cities – after a California jury acquitted three white and one Hispanic Los Angeles police officers in the videotaped beating of black motorist Rodney King.
During the riots, more than 50 people were killed and thousands were injured. Damage was estimated at $1 billion as hundreds of businesses were looted and burned to the ground. A state of emergency was declared in South Central Los Angeles.
In the wake of the riots the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) was forced to change.
Rodney King talks with Patt Morrison about his new book “The Riot Within” and his relationship to the ’92 riots.
See also: Our History: The Rodney King Story