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Los Angeles Riots: 20 years later

On the af­ter­noon of April 29, 1992, a jury in Ven­tura County ac­quit­ted four LAPD of­ficers of beat­ing Rod­ney G. King. The in­cid­ent, caught on am­a­teur video­tape, had sparked na­tion­al de­bate about po­lice bru­tal­ity and ra­cial in­justice. The ver­dict stunned Los Angeles, where angry crowds gathered on street corners across the city. The Los Angeles riots would become one of the worst in the nation's history. The flash point was a single in­ter­sec­tion in South L.A., but it was a scene eer­ily re­peated in many parts of the city in the hours that fol­lowed.

Then May­or Tom Brad­ley called a loc­al state of emer­gency and then Gov. Pete Wilson or­dered the Na­tion­al Guard to ac­tiv­ate 2,000 re­serve sol­diers. During six days of rioting, more than 60 people died amid the looting and fires and more than 2,000 people were injured. A year later, a federal jusry would find officers Sta­cey C. Koon and Laurence M. Pow­ell guilty of violating King's civil rights. Officers Theodore J. Bris­eno and Timothy E. Wind were ac­quit­ted for their role in the ar­rest and beat­ing. King drowned in the pool of his Rialto home in 2012. He was 47.

The past still grips Rodney King

Now jobless, the victim of a police beating says he's at peace and has a memoir coming out.

20 years after riots, hope and despair in South L.A.

The LAPD's better relationship with the community, along with plummeting crime and less graffiti, illustrate improvements. But frustration, isolation and the lack of enough jobs still plague the area.

At Tolliver's barbershop, pondering what 20 years have wrought

Many agree that the black community and the city have not made enough progress since the riots. But changes in the LAPD may be a bright spot.

When time allows, 1992 riots are poignant lesson in L.A. schools

Los Angeles-area high school students find lessons about the 1992 riots gripping and galvanizing — when their teachers have time to turn the focus away from standardized tests.

Many say L.A. is safer 20 years after 1992 riots, poll finds

Nearly 20 years after the 1992 L.A. riots, residents say the city is safer and relations between its racial and ethnic groups are significantly better than they were in 1992, according to a new survey.

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Rodney King, 20 years after L.A.'s riots

On the 20th anniversary of the L.A. riots, the victim of now-fabled LAPD abuse talks about life and its lessons.

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