L.A. Riots: 20 Years Later

L.A. Riots: 20 Years Later

Looking back at the Los Angeles Riots of 1992

Residents Remember LA Riots on 20th Anniversary

Events were held across Southern California on Sunday to remember the riots sparked after white officers were acquitted of beating black motorist Rodney King on April 29, 1992

By Jason Kandel, Stephanie Elam and Toni Guinyard
|  Monday, Apr 30, 2012  |  Updated 11:49 AM PDT
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Southern Californians remembered the 1992 frenzy that convulsed Los Angeles, after four police officers were acquitted of the videotaped beating of a black man at the end of a car chase. NBC4's Stephanie Elam and Toni Guinyard report for the 6 p.m.

Southern Californians remembered the 1992 frenzy that convulsed Los Angeles, after four police officers were acquitted of the videotaped beating of a black man at the end of a car chase. NBC4's Stephanie Elam and Toni Guinyard report for the 6 p.m. "LA Riots" special report on Sunday, April 29, 2012.

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"Clash of Colors:" 1992 LA Riots Documentary

Producer of the documentary "Clash of Colors: The LA Riots of 1992," David D. Kim joins Colleen Williams on Nonstop News LA on April 18, 2012, to talk about his film, which explores racial tensions before and after the riots.

LA Riots: "We Have Come a Long Way"

Civil Rights Attorney Connie Rice joins Ted Chen on NBC4's Today in LA Weekend News on April 21, 2012, to talk about how the LAPD changed after the LA riots and more. "We have come a long way," Rice said. "But our poverty has shot way up."
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Riot-remembrance events were held on Sunday to analyze, remember or discuss the 1992 frenzy that convulsed Los Angeles, after four police officers were acquitted of the videotaped beating of a black man at the end of a car chase.

Full Coverage: LA Riots 20-Years Later

“What happened to Rodney King should have never happened. And what we responded to should have never happened,” the Rev. Al Sharpton, the black activist who now hosts a daily show on MSNBC, told congregants during services at First AME Church. “Violence is not an option in fighting violence.”

The Anti-Defamation League released a joint statement of unity, signed by a coalition of organizations taking a stand against hatred, including the ACLU, the Los Angeles Police Commission, NAACP, Asian Pacific American Legal Center, CHIRLA and the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center.

“You’re going to hear a lot today, you’re going to read a lot today about how far we’ve come,” said Amanda Susskind, the regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, “how much more diverse this city is, how much more accepting we are of one another as communities. But we also realize that there’s still work to be done.”

Residents gathered at Manchester and Vermont to call for more economic development in the South Los Angeles area “so the community can come and celebrate and play and rejoice and come together,” said Norma Edith Garcia, a member of the board of directors of the LA Neighborhood Land Trust, a non-profit that supports urban parks.

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