Sunday, April 29, 2012

On April 29

On this day in ...
... 1992 (20 years ago today), in what would prove to be days of rioting broke out in Los Angeles, California. (photo credit) -- the worst the city had seen since the Watts riots of the mid-1960s. Violence erupted after an all-white state court jury acquitted 4 white police officers implicated in the beating of a black man, Rodney King, that was caught on video tape. In a federal civil rights trial the following year, 2 of the 4 police officers were convicted and served 2 years each in prison; they city eventually paid King $3.8 million in damages.

(Prior April 29 posts are here, here, here, here, and here.)

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