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LA peace parades mark 25th anniversary of Rodney King riots

01 May 2017

The sustained attack by four Los Angeles police officers on a Californian roadside, was captured on videotape by a witness.

In some residential blocks of South Los Angeles, storefronts that were destroyed are still vacant, highlighting the morass in the neighborhood. At least 55 people were killed, more than 2,000 were injured and thousands more were arrested during five days of violence, looting and arson that rocked the region and stunned the nation.

Within hours of the acquittals, fires were breaking out across the city and Reginald Denny, a white truck driver, was beaten mercilessly at the corner of Florence and Normandie avenues on live television.

Marching to the sound of African, Native American and Korean drum crews, the crowd chanted the word "resilient", flanked by a parade of "low-rider" customised cars.

- March 21, 1991 - The four - Sgt. Stacey Koon and officers Theodore Briseno, Laurence Powell and Timothy Wind - plead not guilty. She remembers having to get home before the curfew officials imposed to quell the unrest.

In one sense, the data tell us something we already knew in Los Angeles, said Brianne Gilbert, associate director of the center.

The film relies on footage taken by neighborhood residents and Los Angeles Police Department cameras, along with audio from local radio station KJLH, which abandoned its traditional music format during the unrest to take calls from the community about their fears and concerns as the city was torn apart.

When the riots broke out in 1992, "I felt betrayed", said Perry Crouch of the Watts Gang Task Force, a volunteer group of police, local leaders and residents. No firefighters, no effort to fight it because they just couldn't.

Waller, a volunteer with the nonprofit Community Coalition, was one of some 200 people who converged at the historic intersection of Normandie and Florence avenues in South L.A. Saturday to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the 1992 L.A. Riots.

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April 19, 1994 - The US District Court in Los Angeles awards King $3.8 million in compensatory damages in a civil lawsuit against the City of Los Angeles.

More than 9,800 California National Guard troops were dispatched to restore order.

In "Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992", readers are presented with a compelling account from those experiencing the aftermath of the beating in their communities.

In an indication of strained relations, there have been a number of Los Angeles police shootings in the last two years, culminating in protests at police commission meetings. "Everyone wants a police department they can trust".

"For me, it was just unbelievable, surreal, what I was watching", Narro said.

And the makeup of the police force more closely mirrors the population.

Almost six out of 10 residents said another riot like that of 1992 was likely to erupt within five years - 11 percentage points more than five years ago. It was the first time in 20 years researchers found an increase in the share of residents who gave that answer.

October 21, 1992 • A commission headed by former Federal Bureau of Investigation and CIA Director William Webster concludes that the LAPD and City Hall leaders did not plan appropriately for the possibility of riots prior to the verdicts.

"I think that the core belief in the mission has changed in the police department - that police officers now see themselves as people that build community and as people that are part of the community, as people that reflect the diversity of the community, where in 1992 and years prior I think those things were not always true", LAPD Chief Charlie Beck told CNS.

LA peace parades mark 25th anniversary of Rodney King riots