From the Archives: LA Riots TV News Coverage - NBC Southern California

Looking back at the Los Angeles Riots of 1992

From the Archives: LA Riots TV News Coverage

After the Rodney King verdict was announced, looters and rioters took to the streets. Our cameras were there to tell the story.

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    On April 29, 1992 South Central Los Angeles erupted in rage after a jury acquitted four white LAPD officers of beating Rodney King, a black man. Looters and rioters added to the chaos before the National Guard was called in. The reaction of residents to the verdict sparked protests and debates in Los Angeles and across the country.

    Watch NBC4's original coverage of the event as well as reflections on previous anniversaries.

    Helicopter Archive Cam Shows South LA in Flames

    April 29, 1992: Aerial Video of FiresApril 29, 1992: Aerial Video of Fires

    Aerial video showed fires over a widespread area just hours after a verdict was announced April 29, 1992 in the Rodney King trial. Archive Video: April 29, 1992
    (Published Friday, April 20, 2012)

    LA Police Department On the Move, In the Air

    April 29, 1992: LAPD Preparations at Parker CenterApril 29, 1992: LAPD Preparations at Parker Center

    LAPD units stage at Parker Center just hours after verdict is announced in the Rodney King beating trial. This video originally aired April 29, 1992.
    (Published Sunday, April 29, 2012)

    The Youngest Victim: Baby Jessica's Scar

    Riots Baby: Jessica and Elvira EversRiots Baby: Jessica and Elvira Evers

    Elvira Evers was 38 weeks pregnant when she was shot in the abdomen during the 1992 riots. The bullet was lodged into her unborn baby's elbow, but she and her baby Jessica survived.

    (Published Tuesday, April 25, 2017)

    Riot Beating Victim Reginald Denny on Why Rioters Were So Angry

    Reginald Denny: Revenge and the LA 4Reginald Denny: Revenge and the LA 4

    On April 29, 1992, Reginald Denny was nearly beaten to death at the intersection of Florence and Normandie. In 2002, he revealed his opinions about the 4 men who attacked him. (interview from 2002)
    (Published Friday, April 27, 2012)

    Into the Violence: On the Streets with Rioters and Officers

    NBC4's Original Coverage From the Streets of the LA RiotsNBC4's Original Coverage From the Streets of the LA Riots

    Our cameras were face-to-face with the chaos that erupted on the streets of Los Angeles after a jury acquitted police officers in the Rodney King beating on April 29, 1992.

    (Published Tuesday, March 21, 2017)

    Good Samaritans in the Riots: Reginald Denny's Rescuers

    Reginald Denny Beating: Good Samaritans Amid the ViolenceReginald Denny Beating: Good Samaritans Amid the Violence

    Edward Lee was the only Korean killed during the LA Riots. Titus Murphy was one of the four good Samaritans who ran to aid Reginald Denny at the outbreak of the riots at Florence and Normandie.
    (Published Tuesday, May 8, 2012)

    'The Straw That Broke the Camel's Back'

    LA Riots Rooted Deeper Than VerdictsLA Riots Rooted Deeper Than Verdicts

    Filmmaker Mathew McDaniel says when the Rodney King verdict came back not guilty, the African American community in South L.A. was "afraid that was a license for police to keep getting away with it." That verdict...
    (Published Thursday, May 10, 2012)

    Daytime Footage Shows Carnage in Broad Daylight

    LA Riots: Footage of the Chaos in Broad DaylightLA Riots: Footage of the Chaos in Broad Daylight

    After the word of the verdict acquitting white officers of beating Rodney King, a black man, reached South Central Los Angeles, angry residents hit the streets in protest. The flashpoints erupted into full-blown chaos with police officers retreating and looters storming stores. Watch our original coverage of the brazen daytime action that stunned the nation. 

    (Published Sunday, April 23, 2017)

    Rodney King in His Own Words: The One-on-One Interview

    Why Rodney King Forgives the OfficersWhy Rodney King Forgives the Officers

    Rodney King, the man whose videotaped beating set off a chain of events that changed Los Angeles, looks back on the last 20 years. Colleen Williams talks with him for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on April 26, 2012.
    (Published Friday, Jan. 30, 2015)

    Rarely Seen Video Shot by the LAPD

    The Lost Tapes: LA RiotsThe Lost Tapes: LA Riots

    A new documentary shows the 1992 LA riots as you've never seen them before. Beverly White reports for the NBC4 News at 11 on Sunday, April 23, 2017.

    (Published Sunday, April 23, 2017)

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