The 1992 Los Angeles Riots
or South Central Riots
, also known as the 1992 Los Angeles Civil Unrest
and Rodney King Uprising
, were sparked on April 29, 1992, when a jury acquitted
four white Los Angeles Police Department
officers accused in the videotaped beating of black motorist Rodney King
following a high-speed pursuit. Thousands of people in the Los Angeles
area rioted over the six days following the verdict.
occurred, and property damages topped roughly $1 billion. In all, 53 people died during the riots and thousands more were injured.. By Jim Crogan. LA Weekly.
April 24, 2002.
On March 3, 1991, Rodney King and two passengers were driving west on the Foothill Freeway
(I-210) through the Lake View Terrace
neighborhood of Los Angeles. The California Highway Patrol
(CHP) attempted to initiate a traffic stop. A high-speed pursuit ensued with speeds estimated at up to 115 mph first over freeways and then through residential neighborhoods. When King came to a stop, CHP Officer Timothy Singer and his wife, CHP Officer Melanie Singer, ordered the occupants under arrest.
After two passengers were placed in the patrol car, five Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers (Stacey Koon
, Laurence Powell
, Timothy Wind,... Read More