Los Angeles rioting fast facts

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Here’s a look at the 1992 Los Angeles riots. The riots stemmed from the acquittal of four white Los Angeles police officers by the black driver Rodney King in 1991.


The five-day riots in the spring of 1992 left more than 50 people dead, and more than 2,000 injured.

The riot destroyed or damaged more than 1,000 buildings in the Los Angeles area. The estimated cost of the damage was over $ 1 billion.

More than 9,800 California National Guard soldiers have been dispatched to restore order.

Nearly 12,000 people were arrested, though not all of the arrests were directly related to the riot.


March 3, 1991 – Rodney King is beaten by LAPD cops after King leads police in a swift chase through Los Angeles County. George Holliday videotapes the beatings from the balcony of his apartment. The video shows King being hit by police batons more than 50 times. More than 20 police officers were present at the scene, most of them from the LAPD police. King suffered 11 fractures and additional injuries due to the beatings.

March 4, 1991 – Holiday transfers the tape to the local KTLA television station.

March 7, 1991 – King is released without charge.

March 15, 1991 – Sergeant Stacey Conn and Policemen Lawrence Michael Powell, Timothy Wind and Theodore Brisno are charged by a Los Angeles jury in connection with Mecca.

May 10, 1991 – A large jury refuses to file an indictment against 17 officers who stood next to the beating king and did nothing.

November 26, 1991 – Supreme Court Justice Stanley Weisberg has ordered that the trial of the four police officers charged with the king’s plague be transferred to Simi Valley.

April 29, 1992 – LAPD’s four white cops win by beating King. Riots begin at the intersection of Florence and Normandy in south-central Los Angeles. Reginald Danny, a white truck driver, is pulled from his truck and beaten. A news helicopter is filming the beatings on videotape. Mayor Tom Bradley has declared a state of emergency, and Gov. Pete Wilson is calling for National Guard forces.

April 30 to May 4, 1992 – Curfews in the evening until dawn are enforced in the city and county of Los Angeles.

May 1, 1992 – King begs emotionally for relaxation, stating, “People, I just want to say, can we all get along? Can we get along? Can we stop doing this terribly for the adults and the kids?”

May 3, 1992 More than 1,100 Marines, 600 Army soldiers and 6,500 National Guard soldiers patrol the streets of Los Angeles.

August 4, 1992 – A federal jury is returning indictments against Conn, Powell, Wind and Brisno on charges of violating King’s civil rights.

October 21, 1992 – A committee chaired by former FBI and CIA director William Webster concludes that LAPD and city leaders did not properly plan the possibility of pre-riot riots in the King case.

February 25, 1993 – The trial begins.

April 17, 1993 – The federal jury convicts Conn and Powell of violating King’s civil rights. Wind and Brisno were found not guilty. There are no disturbances following the ruling.

August 4, 1993 – U.S. District Court Judge John Davis sentenced Sergeant Cohn and Officer Powell to 30 months in prison for violating King’s civil rights. Powell was found guilty of violating King’s constitutional right to be released from “unreasonable force.” The rating officer Con was convicted of allowing a civil rights violation to occur.

April 19, 1994 – The U.S. District Court in Los Angeles has awarded King $ 3.8 million in civil lawsuits against the City of Los Angeles.

June 1, 1994 – King wins $ 0 in civil lawsuits against police officers. He asked for $ 15 million.

April 2012 – King’s autobiography, “The Turmoil Within: My Journey from Rebellion to Redemption. Learning How We Can All Get Along,” was written with Lawrence J. Spagnola, published.

June 17, 2012 – Rodney King, 47, was found dead in the swimming pool at his home in Rialto, California.

read more: Family, friends remember Rodney King at the funeral.

August 23, 2012 – A San Bernardino coroner has released an autopsy report stating that his death was the result of an accidental drowning and that King was in a “drug-and-alcohol delirium” when he died.

read more: Why the 1992 Los Angeles riots mattered 25 years later.

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