The LA Riots: A Look Back

National Guard troops wave as they leave the Los Angeles Coliseum 13 May 1992 to return to their home base.  California Governor Pete Wilson ordered 4,000 of the estimated 9,000 guardsmen to pull out of Los Angeles. The troops were brought in to quell rioting following the Rodney King verdict. (credit" MIKE NELSON/AFP/GettyImages)
The LA Riots: A Look Back
National Guard troops wave as they leave the Los Angeles Coliseum 13 May 1992 to return to their home base. California Governor Pete Wilson ordered 4,000 of the estimated 9,000 guardsmen to pull out of Los Angeles. The troops were brought in to quell rioting following the Rodney King verdict. (credit" MIKE NELSON/AFP/GettyImages)
A looter carries boxes of shoes from a store in Union Square 30 April 1992 as groups of people roamed through the city randomly looting and vandalizing businesses following a protest over the verdict in the trial of four Los Angeles police oficers charged in the beating of Rodney King. (credit: ROD LAMKEY/AFP/GettyImages)
The LA Riots: A Look Back A looter carries boxes of shoes from a store in Union Square 30 April 1992 as groups of people roamed through the city randomly looting and vandalizing businesses following a protest over the verdict in the trial of four Los Angeles police oficers charged in the beating of Rodney King. (credit: ROD LAMKEY/AFP/GettyImages)
Fireman enter a shop in Los Angeles 30 Apr that had been looted and burned. Rioting broke out as a reaction to the acquittal of four police officers of the beating of motorist Rodney King.  (credit: AFP/AFP/GettyImages)
The LA Riots: A Look Back Fireman enter a shop in Los Angeles 30 Apr that had been looted and burned. Rioting broke out as a reaction to the acquittal of four police officers of the beating of motorist Rodney King. (credit: AFP/AFP/GettyImages)
A Los Angeles police car burns in the street after being turned over by rioters 29 April 1992.  Rioting broke out after the acquittal of four police officers accused of beating black motorist Rodney King in 1991. (credit: STF/AFP/GettyImages)
The LA Riots: A Look Back A Los Angeles police car burns in the street after being turned over by rioters 29 April 1992. Rioting broke out after the acquittal of four police officers accused of beating black motorist Rodney King in 1991. (credit: STF/AFP/GettyImages)
A Los Angeles police officer arrests a demonstrator near police headquarters 29 April 1992 after hundreds of people went on a rampage and rioted following the clearing of four Los Angeles police officers of all but one assault charge in the videotaped beating case involving black motorist Rodney King. (credit: STF/AFP/GettyImages)
The LA Riots: A Look Back A Los Angeles police officer arrests a demonstrator near police headquarters 29 April 1992 after hundreds of people went on a rampage and rioted following the clearing of four Los Angeles police officers of all but one assault charge in the videotaped beating case involving black motorist Rodney King. (credit: STF/AFP/GettyImages)
A rioter breaks a glass door of the Criminal Courts building, downtown Los Angeles, 29 April 1992, after a jury acquitted four police officers accused of beating a black youth, Rodney King, in 1991. Riots broke out throughout Los Angeles hours after the verdict was announced. (credit: HAL GARB/AFP/GettyImages)
The LA Riots: A Look Back A rioter breaks a glass door of the Criminal Courts building, downtown Los Angeles, 29 April 1992, after a jury acquitted four police officers accused of beating a black youth, Rodney King, in 1991. Riots broke out throughout Los Angeles hours after the verdict was announced. (credit: HAL GARB/AFP/GettyImages)
A man passes in front of a line of policemen in Los Angeles, 30 April 1992. Riots broke out in Los Angeles after a jury acquitted four police officers accused of beating a black youth, Rodney King, in 1991, hours after the verdict was announced. (credit: MIKE NELSON/AFP/GettyImages)
The LA Riots: A Look Back A man passes in front of a line of policemen in Los Angeles, 30 April 1992. Riots broke out in Los Angeles after a jury acquitted four police officers accused of beating a black youth, Rodney King, in 1991, hours after the verdict was announced. (credit: MIKE NELSON/AFP/GettyImages)
Firemen extinguish a fire due to rioting in Los Angeles, 30 April 1992. Riots broke out in Los Angeles after a jury acquitted four police officers accused of beating a black youth, Rodney King, in 1991, hours after the verdict was announced.        (credit: MIKE NELSON/AFP/GettyImages)
The LA Riots: A Look Back Firemen extinguish a fire due to rioting in Los Angeles, 30 April 1992. Riots broke out in Los Angeles after a jury acquitted four police officers accused of beating a black youth, Rodney King, in 1991, hours after the verdict was announced. (credit: MIKE NELSON/AFP/GettyImages)
An aerial view of firemen extinguishing a fire due to rioting in Los Angeles, 30 April 1992. Riots broke out in Los Angeles after a jury acquitted four police officers accused of beating a black youth, Rodney King, in 1991, hours after the verdict was announced. (credit: MIKE NELSON/AFP/GettyImages)
The LA Riots: A Look Back An aerial view of firemen extinguishing a fire due to rioting in Los Angeles, 30 April 1992. Riots broke out in Los Angeles after a jury acquitted four police officers accused of beating a black youth, Rodney King, in 1991, hours after the verdict was announced. (credit: MIKE NELSON/AFP/GettyImages)
An unidentified man rips apart a US flag outside the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) headquarters Los Angeles, 29 April 1992. Riots broke out in Los Angeles after a jury acquitted four police officers accused of beating a black youth, Rodney King, in 1991, hours after the verdict was announced. (credit: WADE BYARS/AFP/GettyImages)
The LA Riots: A Look Back An unidentified man rips apart a US flag outside the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) headquarters Los Angeles, 29 April 1992. Riots broke out in Los Angeles after a jury acquitted four police officers accused of beating a black youth, Rodney King, in 1991, hours after the verdict was announced. (credit: WADE BYARS/AFP/GettyImages)
A demonstrator protests the verdict in the trial of four Los Angeles police officers accused of beating motorist Rodney King outside the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) headquarters Los Angeles, 29 April 1992. Riots broke out in Los Angeles after a jury acquitted the four police officers accused of beating King, in 1991, hours after the verdict was announced. (credit: MIKE NELSON/AFP/GettyImages)
The LA Riots: A Look Back A demonstrator protests the verdict in the trial of four Los Angeles police officers accused of beating motorist Rodney King outside the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) headquarters Los Angeles, 29 April 1992. Riots broke out in Los Angeles after a jury acquitted the four police officers accused of beating King, in 1991, hours after the verdict was announced. (credit: MIKE NELSON/AFP/GettyImages)
Los Angeles police officers in riot gear stand guard at a burned out grocery store near downtown Los Angeles, 30 April 1992. Riots broke out in Los Angeles, 29 April 1992, after a jury acquitted four police officers accused of beating a black youth, Rodney King, in 1991, hours after the verdict was announced. (credit: DON EMMERT/AFP/GettyImages)
The LA Riots: A Look Back Los Angeles police officers in riot gear stand guard at a burned out grocery store near downtown Los Angeles, 30 April 1992. Riots broke out in Los Angeles, 29 April 1992, after a jury acquitted four police officers accused of beating a black youth, Rodney King, in 1991, hours after the verdict was announced. (credit: DON EMMERT/AFP/GettyImages)
Flames roar from a Thrifty Drug store in the Crenshaw area of Los Angeles, 29 April 1992. Riots broke out in Los Angeles, 29 April 1992, after a jury acquitted four police officers accused of beating a black youth, Rodney King, in 1991, hours after the verdict was announced. (credit: MIKE NELSON/AFP/GettyImages)
The LA Riots: A Look Back Flames roar from a Thrifty Drug store in the Crenshaw area of Los Angeles, 29 April 1992. Riots broke out in Los Angeles, 29 April 1992, after a jury acquitted four police officers accused of beating a black youth, Rodney King, in 1991, hours after the verdict was announced. (credit: MIKE NELSON/AFP/GettyImages)
A fireman sprays water on a burning auto parts store in Los Angeles, 30 April 1992. Riots broke out in Los Angeles, 29 April 1992, after a jury acquitted four police officers accused of beating a black youth, Rodney King, in 1991, hours after the verdict was announced. (credit: MIKE NELSON/AFP/GettyImages)
The LA Riots: A Look Back A fireman sprays water on a burning auto parts store in Los Angeles, 30 April 1992. Riots broke out in Los Angeles, 29 April 1992, after a jury acquitted four police officers accused of beating a black youth, Rodney King, in 1991, hours after the verdict was announced. (credit: MIKE NELSON/AFP/GettyImages)
A California Highway patrolman directs raffic around a shopping center engulfed in flames in Los Angeles, 30 April 1992. Riots broke out in Los Angeles, 29 April 1992, after a jury acquitted four police officers accused of beating a black youth, Rodney King, in 1991, hours after the verdict was announced. (credit: CARLOS SCHIEBECK/AFP/GettyImages)
The LA Riots: A Look Back A California Highway patrolman directs raffic around a shopping center engulfed in flames in Los Angeles, 30 April 1992. Riots broke out in Los Angeles, 29 April 1992, after a jury acquitted four police officers accused of beating a black youth, Rodney King, in 1991, hours after the verdict was announced. (credit: CARLOS SCHIEBECK/AFP/GettyImages)
A store owner and a Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officer look at the damage caused by looters, 30 April 1992, in Los Angeles. Riots broke out in Los Angeles, 29 April 1992, after a jury acquitted four police officers accused of beating a black youth, Rodney King, in 1991, hours after the verdict was announced. (credit: MIKE NELSON/AFP/GettyImages)
The LA Riots: A Look Back A store owner and a Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officer look at the damage caused by looters, 30 April 1992, in Los Angeles. Riots broke out in Los Angeles, 29 April 1992, after a jury acquitted four police officers accused of beating a black youth, Rodney King, in 1991, hours after the verdict was announced. (credit: MIKE NELSON/AFP/GettyImages)
A woman yells at Los Angeles police officers who stand guard outside a shopping center, 30 April 1992, in Los Angeles. The acquittal of four police officers in the beating of Rodney King led to widespread anger and rioting. (credit: DON EMMERT/AFP/GettyImages)
The LA Riots: A Look Back A woman yells at Los Angeles police officers who stand guard outside a shopping center, 30 April 1992, in Los Angeles. The acquittal of four police officers in the beating of Rodney King led to widespread anger and rioting. (credit: DON EMMERT/AFP/GettyImages)
Rioters destroy an iron gate from a store in downtown Los Angeles, 29 April 1992, hours after citywide rioting and looting broke out. The acquittal of four police officers in the beating of Rodney King led to widespread anger and rioting. (credit: WADE BYARS/AFP/GettyImages)
The LA Riots: A Look Back Rioters destroy an iron gate from a store in downtown Los Angeles, 29 April 1992, hours after citywide rioting and looting broke out. The acquittal of four police officers in the beating of Rodney King led to widespread anger and rioting. (credit: WADE BYARS/AFP/GettyImages)
A car lies overturned in a street of Los Angeles as a merchant sweeps up in front of his shop, 30 April 1992. The 1992 Los Angeles riots, with looting and arson events, erupted 29 April 1992 when a mostly white jury acquitted the four police officers accused in the videotaped beating of black motorist Rodney King, after he fled from police. 52 people were killed during the riots and Rodney King became a reluctant symbol of police brutality. (credit: DON EMMERT/AFP/GettyImages)
The LA Riots: A Look Back A car lies overturned in a street of Los Angeles as a merchant sweeps up in front of his shop, 30 April 1992. The 1992 Los Angeles riots, with looting and arson events, erupted 29 April 1992 when a mostly white jury acquitted the four police officers accused in the videotaped beating of black motorist Rodney King, after he fled from police. 52 people were killed during the riots and Rodney King became a reluctant symbol of police brutality. (credit: DON EMMERT/AFP/GettyImages)
Looters (L) carry goods from a shopping center in Los Angeles, 30 April 1992. The 1992 Los Angeles riots, with looting and arson events, erupted 29 April 1992 when a mostly white jury acquitted the four police officers accused in the videotaped beating of black motorist Rodney King, after he fled from police. 52 people were killed during the riots and Rodney King became a reluctant symbol of police brutality. (credit: HAL GARB/AFP/GettyImages)
The LA Riots: A Look Back Looters (L) carry goods from a shopping center in Los Angeles, 30 April 1992. The 1992 Los Angeles riots, with looting and arson events, erupted 29 April 1992 when a mostly white jury acquitted the four police officers accused in the videotaped beating of black motorist Rodney King, after he fled from police. 52 people were killed during the riots and Rodney King became a reluctant symbol of police brutality. (credit: HAL GARB/AFP/GettyImages)
Firemen spray a building going up in flames in South Los Angeles, 30 April 1992. The 1992 Los Angeles riots, with looting and arson events, erupted 29 April 1992 when a mostly white jury acquitted the four police officers accused in the videotaped beating of black motorist Rodney King, after he fled from police. 52 people were killed during the riots and Rodney King became a reluctant symbol of police brutality. (credit: HAL GARB/AFP/GettyImages)
The LA Riots: A Look Back Firemen spray a building going up in flames in South Los Angeles, 30 April 1992. The 1992 Los Angeles riots, with looting and arson events, erupted 29 April 1992 when a mostly white jury acquitted the four police officers accused in the videotaped beating of black motorist Rodney King, after he fled from police. 52 people were killed during the riots and Rodney King became a reluctant symbol of police brutality. (credit: HAL GARB/AFP/GettyImages)
National Guardsmen watch a business go up in flames in South Los Angeles, 30 April 1992. The 1992 Los Angeles riots, with looting and arson events, erupted 29 April 1992 when a mostly white jury acquitted the four police officers accused in the videotaped beating of black motorist Rodney King, after he fled from police. 52 people were killed during the riots and Rodney King became a reluctant symbol of police brutality. (credit: HAL GARB/AFP/GettyImages)
The LA Riots: A Look Back National Guardsmen watch a business go up in flames in South Los Angeles, 30 April 1992. The 1992 Los Angeles riots, with looting and arson events, erupted 29 April 1992 when a mostly white jury acquitted the four police officers accused in the videotaped beating of black motorist Rodney King, after he fled from police. 52 people were killed during the riots and Rodney King became a reluctant symbol of police brutality. (credit: HAL GARB/AFP/GettyImages)
National Guardsmen and a police officer take up security positions in front of a burned and looted shopping center, 01 May 1992 in central Los Angeles. The 1992 Los Angeles riots, with looting and arson events, erupted 29 April 1992 when a mostly white jury acquitted the four police officers accused in the videotaped beating of black motorist Rodney King, after he fled from police. 52 people were killed during the riots and Rodney King became a reluctant symbol of police brutality. (credit: HAL GARB/AFP/GettyImages)
The LA Riots: A Look Back National Guardsmen and a police officer take up security positions in front of a burned and looted shopping center, 01 May 1992 in central Los Angeles. The 1992 Los Angeles riots, with looting and arson events, erupted 29 April 1992 when a mostly white jury acquitted the four police officers accused in the videotaped beating of black motorist Rodney King, after he fled from police. 52 people were killed during the riots and Rodney King became a reluctant symbol of police brutality. (credit: HAL GARB/AFP/GettyImages)
People and their belongings line a sidewalk across from a burned out apartment, 01 May 1992 in Los Angeles. The apartment was attached to a row of stores that were burned and looted, 30 April 1992. The 1992 Los Angeles riots, with looting and arson events, erupted 29 April 1992 when a mostly white jury acquitted the four police officers accused in the videotaped beating of black motorist Rodney King, after he fled from police. 52 people were killed during the riots and Rodney King became a reluctant symbol of police brutality. (credit: HAL GARB/AFP/GettyImages)
The LA Riots: A Look Back People and their belongings line a sidewalk across from a burned out apartment, 01 May 1992 in Los Angeles. The apartment was attached to a row of stores that were burned and looted, 30 April 1992. The 1992 Los Angeles riots, with looting and arson events, erupted 29 April 1992 when a mostly white jury acquitted the four police officers accused in the videotaped beating of black motorist Rodney King, after he fled from police. 52 people were killed during the riots and Rodney King became a reluctant symbol of police brutality. (credit: HAL GARB/AFP/GettyImages)
Looters leave a liquor store with cases of beer, 01 May 1992 in Los Angeles. The 1992 Los Angeles riots, with looting and arson events, erupted 29 April 1992 when a mostly white jury acquitted the four police officers accused in the videotaped beating of black motorist Rodney King, after he fled from police. 52 people were killed during the riots and Rodney King became a reluctant symbol of police brutality. (credit: HAL GARB/AFP/GettyImages)
The LA Riots: A Look Back Looters leave a liquor store with cases of beer, 01 May 1992 in Los Angeles. The 1992 Los Angeles riots, with looting and arson events, erupted 29 April 1992 when a mostly white jury acquitted the four police officers accused in the videotaped beating of black motorist Rodney King, after he fled from police. 52 people were killed during the riots and Rodney King became a reluctant symbol of police brutality. (credit: HAL GARB/AFP/GettyImages)
National Guardsmen patrols trough a destroyed area, 01 May 1992 in central Los Angeles. The 1992 Los Angeles riots, with looting and arson events, erupted 29 April 1992 when a mostly white jury acquitted the four police officers accused in the videotaped beating of black motorist Rodney King, after he fled from police. 52 people were killed during the riots and Rodney King became a reluctant symbol of police brutality. (credit: HAL GARB/AFP/GettyImages)
The LA Riots: A Look Back National Guardsmen patrols trough a destroyed area, 01 May 1992 in central Los Angeles. The 1992 Los Angeles riots, with looting and arson events, erupted 29 April 1992 when a mostly white jury acquitted the four police officers accused in the videotaped beating of black motorist Rodney King, after he fled from police. 52 people were killed during the riots and Rodney King became a reluctant symbol of police brutality. (credit: HAL GARB/AFP/GettyImages)
National Guardsmen patrol a street, 01 May 1992 in Los Angeles. The 1992 Los Angeles riots, with looting and arson events, erupted 29 April 1992 when a mostly white jury acquitted the four police officers accused in the videotaped beating of black motorist Rodney King, after he fled from police. 52 people were killed during the riots and Rodney King became a reluctant symbol of police brutality.        (credit: HAL GARB/AFP/GettyImages)
The LA Riots: A Look Back National Guardsmen patrol a street, 01 May 1992 in Los Angeles. The 1992 Los Angeles riots, with looting and arson events, erupted 29 April 1992 when a mostly white jury acquitted the four police officers accused in the videotaped beating of black motorist Rodney King, after he fled from police. 52 people were killed during the riots and Rodney King became a reluctant symbol of police brutality. (credit: HAL GARB/AFP/GettyImages)
Merchants and volunteers clean up in front of a market that was burned and looted during riots 01 May 1992 in South Los Angeles. The 1992 Los Angeles riots, with looting and arson events, erupted 29 April 1992 when a mostly white jury acquitted the four police officers accused in the videotaped beating of black motorist Rodney King, after he fled from police. 52 people were killed during the riots and Rodney King became a reluctant symbol of police brutality. (credit: HAL GARB/AFP/GettyImages)
The LA Riots: A Look Back Merchants and volunteers clean up in front of a market that was burned and looted during riots 01 May 1992 in South Los Angeles. The 1992 Los Angeles riots, with looting and arson events, erupted 29 April 1992 when a mostly white jury acquitted the four police officers accused in the videotaped beating of black motorist Rodney King, after he fled from police. 52 people were killed during the riots and Rodney King became a reluctant symbol of police brutality. (credit: HAL GARB/AFP/GettyImages)
Los Angeles police officers patrol a street, 03 May 1992 in Los Angeles. The 1992 Los Angeles riots, with looting and arson events, erupted 29 April 1992 when a mostly white jury acquitted the four police officers accused in the videotaped beating of black motorist Rodney King, after he fled from police. 52 people were killed during the riots and Rodney King became a reluctant symbol of police brutality. (credit: HAL GARB/AFP/GettyImages)
The LA Riots: A Look Back Los Angeles police officers patrol a street, 03 May 1992 in Los Angeles. The 1992 Los Angeles riots, with looting and arson events, erupted 29 April 1992 when a mostly white jury acquitted the four police officers accused in the videotaped beating of black motorist Rodney King, after he fled from police. 52 people were killed during the riots and Rodney King became a reluctant symbol of police brutality. (credit: HAL GARB/AFP/GettyImages)
Part of a group of about 100 protesters gather outside the East County Courthouse, 05 May 1992 in Simi Valley, to protest the verdict in the trial of the four police officers who were acquitted in the Rodney King case. The 1992 Los Angeles riots, with looting and arson events, erupted 29 April 1992 when a mostly white jury acquitted the four police officers accused in the videotaped beating of black motorist Rodney King, after he fled from police. 52 people were killed during the riots and Rodney King became a reluctant symbol of police brutality.        (credit: HAL GARB/AFP/GettyImages)
The LA Riots: A Look Back Part of a group of about 100 protesters gather outside the East County Courthouse, 05 May 1992 in Simi Valley, to protest the verdict in the trial of the four police officers who were acquitted in the Rodney King case. The 1992 Los Angeles riots, with looting and arson events, erupted 29 April 1992 when a mostly white jury acquitted the four police officers accused in the videotaped beating of black motorist Rodney King, after he fled from police. 52 people were killed during the riots and Rodney King became a reluctant symbol of police brutality. (credit: HAL GARB/AFP/GettyImages)
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