LA 92: The Riots

LA 92: The Riots

Nat Geo  |  December 28, 2018

It started in the spring of 1991 when the assault on Rodney King by four white police officers was caught on tape. It was escalated by the light sentence given to a shop owner for the shooting death of an innocent teenage girl. But it was with the police officers' acquittal that six days of rioting took hold of Los Angeles.

It started in the spring of 1991 when the assault on Rodney King by four white police officers was caught on tape. It was escalated by the light sentence given to a shop owner for the shooting death of an innocent teenage girl. But it was with the police officers' acquittal that six days of rioting took hold of Los Angeles.

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