Sign
42 Images

Los Angeles riots remembered

A shopping mall at the intersection of La Brea and Pico is engulfed in flames. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
Rioters at the corner of Florence and Normandie on the first day of civil unrest. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
A resident of South Los Angeles vainly attempts to fight a raging fire at 79th Street and Normandie Avenue using a garden hose April 29, 1992. (Los Angeles Times)
Cornelius Pettus, owner of Payless market, tries to douse flames raging through a business next door during the 1992 riots in Los Angeles. (Los Angeles Times)
The Sorbornne Market at 4600 S. Vermont Ave. on the night of April 29, 1992, the day the riots erupted. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
Sandra Evers-Manley, president of Beverly Hills-Hollywood chapter of NAACP, appears to be praying as building burns the first night of the riots.  (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
A passerby gets a glimpse of the burned-out and vandalized shell of the J.J. Newberry store on the morning of April 30, the day after the L.A. riots, at the corner of Vermont near 59th Street. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies keep tabs on a group of people arrested after a store on Martin Luther King Boulevard was looted. (Los Angeles Times)
Burned out car on Florence Avenue west of Normandie on April 30, 1992. (Los Angeles Times)
Jenny Kim, 15, participates in a moment of silence during a candlelight vigil Wednesday when about 50 to 100 residents and community leaders gathered in Koreatown to commemorate the 17th anniversary of the Los Angeles riots. This year’s theme focused on teaching their history to Korean American youth, many of whom were born after the riots, during which tensions between the city’s black and Korean communities exploded. (Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times)
Video shot by George Holliday from his Lake View Terrace apartment shows what appears to be a group of police officers beating a man with nightsticks and kicking him as other officers look on. A copy of the March 3, 1991, videotape was turned over to the Los Angeles Police Department’s Internal Affairs Division for investigation, said Deputy Police Chief William Booth. (George Holliday / Courtesy of KTLA)
Officer Ted Briseno, left, of the Los Angeles police reacts to his acquittal in the Rodney G. King assault case in a Simi Valley court April 29, 1992. He was on trial with three other LAPD officers in the case 17 years ago today left the city stunned. Crowds gathered angrily on street corners across the city, while thousands more turned to their televisions to watch events unfold. The flash point was a single gritty intersection in South-Central Los Angeles, but it was a scene eerily repeated in many parts of Los Angeles in the hours that followed. (Reed Saxon / Associated Press)
A mob at the intersection of Florence and Normandie attacked this Latino man as he stepped off the city bus on April 29, 1992. Anyone at the intersection who was not black was attacked during the first few hours. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
An unidentified Latino man, in the wrong place at the wrong time, was attacked after he disembarked from a bus at the corner of Florence and Normandie avenues two hours after verdicts were reached in the Rodney G. King beating case. He was later led to safety by an unidentified man. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
A rioter attacks a car on Florence and Normandie in Los Angeles after the King verdict. (Los Angeles Times)
Demonstrations in front of Parker Center on the first night of unrest. (Los Angeles Times)
Protesters kick in the windshield of a Jaguar parked on Main Street across from City Hall on the first night of the riots. (Los Angeles Times)
A man fends off would-be looters from a liquor store at 3rd and Berendo streets during the second day of rioting. The man, wearing a white glove, was able to keep the mob at bay until police units arrived. (Los Angeles Times)
An argument between police and civilians erupted before a rock- and brick-throwing incident at the corner of Vermont and 1st Street in Los Angeles on April 30, 1992. (Aurelio Jose Barrera / Los Angeles Times)
Plumes of smoke rise from burning buildings in mid-town Los Angeles on April 30, 1992. (Los Angeles Times)
Fires rage on both sides of Western Avenue near Santa Monica Boulevard on the evening of April 30, 1992. (Los Angeles Times)
A man with a shopping cart full of diapers passes a market on the second day of the riots on 3rd Street. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
A young boy helps his father loot the Big 5 Sporting Goods store at Western Avenue and Wilshire Blvd. on May 30, 1992.  (Los Angeles Times)
A market at 3rd and Catalina streets is ransacked during the second day of the riots following the King verdict. (Los Angeles Times)
LAPD officers take cover at the corner of 8th and Kingsley, where two people were shot during the Los Angeles riots. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
Korean store owners defend their property as gunfire breaks out in Koreatown at Western Avenue and 5th Street on April 30, 1992. (Los Angeles Times)
An LAPD officer chases a suspected looter on Vermont near Martin Luther King Boulevard on April 30, 1992. The man was caught and subdued soon after. (Los Angeles Times)
An LAPD officer falls while chasing a suspected looter on Vermont near Martin Luther King Boulevard on April 30, 1992. The man was caught and subdued soon after.  (Los Angeles Times)
Firefighters battle blazes near Broadway and Florence in Los Angeles on the second night of the riots. (Los Angeles Times)
LAPD officer Delwin Fields guards the intersection at Central and 46th Street on April 30, 1992. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
A Marine convoy from Camp Pendelton moves up I-5 enroute to Los Angeles on May 1, 1992. (Los Angeles Times)
Tony Meeks, left, loads a pistol to help Norman Simples protect his store at Vermont and Manchester avenues while they wait for help from the National Guard on May 1, 1992.  (Los Angeles Times)
Rodney G. King , right, makes his first statement, pleading for an end to the rioting in South Los Angeles. (David Longstreath / Associated Press)
Looters, as well as passersby, are seen at a Los Angeles strip mall at the corner of 17th Street and Western Avenue. (Los Angeles Times)
Western Beauty Supply was just one of many businesses looted in the area of Venice Boulevard and Western Avenue. (Los Angeles Times)
CHP officer Hugh Gnecco checks for looters in a Chief Auto Parts store at Washington Boulevard and Western Avenue on May 1, 1992. (Los Angeles Times)
Two men suspected of looting are handcuffed. (Los Angeles Times)
Koreatown residents hoist a fire hose across Western Avenue near 6th Street to fight neighborhood blaze on May 1, 1992.  (Los Angeles Times)
Bobby Wade holds a sign asking for peace at the corner of Pico Blvd. and Fairfax on may 1, 1992.  (Los Angeles Times)
A National guardsman hunkers down as shots are fired after midnight at Sixth Street and Western Avenue on May 2, 1992. (Los Angeles Times)
National Guard troops stand guard on Spring Street in downtown Los Angeles on May 2, 1992. (Los Angeles Times)
1/42