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Los Angeles Riot - 20 years later

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Flames roar from a Thrifty Drug store in the Crenshaw area of Los Angeles, 29 April 1992. Riots broke out in Los Angeles, 29 April 1992, after a jury acquitted four police officers accused of beating a black youth, Rodney King, in 1991, hours after the verdict was announced. (Photo credit MIKE NELSON/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • CNN - 20 years ago this Sunday, Los Angeles erupted in bloody riots sparked by the videotaped beating of a black motorist by four white police officers.

    But as CNN's Casey Wyan reports, their subsequent acquittal of criminal charges for beating Rodney King ignited a six day riot that those involved will never forget.

    Much of the City of Angels came to resemble hell, with structure fires, rampant looting, mob violence targeting innocent bystanders, heavily armed korean merchants, and the symbol of the african-american community's rage: police headquarters. 

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