Chaos of the riots, 17 years ago

It was on April 29, 1992 that riots broke out at Florence and Normandie, and in the Civic Center downtown, after four white LAPD cops were acquitted in Simi Valley of beating Rodney King along Foothill Boulevard in Lake View Terrace. Rioting spread across much of Los Angeles and into other states before it was over; more than 50 people lost their lives in the L.A. area. Here's some YouTube video of looting and shooting in Koreatown.

Before today's anniversary, LAist's Caleb Bacon visited with King: "King, 44, no longer drinks alcohol or uses drugs. He’s ten months sober, and has recently found peace with the LAPD officers who scarred both his life and the LAPD."

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