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Former Dodgers officials recall the night in 1992 when riots erupted in Los Angeles

Former Dodgers officials recall the night in 1992 when riots erupted in Los Angeles

The Dodgers were having a bad game in an already bad season, but it was a typically nice spring evening to catch a baseball game in Chavez Ravine.

More than 36,000 fans packed into Dodger Stadium to watch the home team take on the Philadelphia Phillies.

Hours earlier and miles away in a Simi Valley courtroom, a jury had already rendered its verdict: not guilty for the four LAPD officers caught beating a prone Rodney King on videotape.

But for those entering the stadium for the 7 p.m. game, it was like stepping into a kind of bubble. There were no smartphones or Twitter in 1992. There was no device to tell them in the fast scrawl of social media that Los Angeles was...

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