Rodney King: A look back at the 1992 LA riots

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by Catherine Holland

azfamily.com

Posted on June 18, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 18 at 1:39 PM

PHOENIX -- With news of the death of Rodney King, the man whose videotaped beating by police officers ignited a race-related firestorm, 3TV's Scott Pasmore recalled his time covering the 1992 Los Angeles riots.

The uprising started when a jury acquitted  the four officers seen in the video -- Stacey Koon, Laurence Powell, Timothy Wind, Theodore Briseno and Rolando Solano -- of using excessive force in beating King. It was April 29, 1992. Within hours, one of the worst race riots in American history was under way and the City of Angeles would never be quite the same.

In the middle of it all, King, 26 at the time and the face of police brutality, asked a simple question, one for which he would become known -- "Can we all get along?"

He begged for an end to the turmoil that was tearing Los Angeles apart.

The violence continued for three days. Whole sections of the city burned. It looked like a warzone. More than 50 people were killed. More than 2,000 were injured.

Even after a tense truce was reached, the rage abated and the thousands of fires put out, there was a palpable uneasiness in L.A. that went on for months. Recovery would take years.

While residents and tourists fled the city and surrounding areas in droves, Pasmore was one of hundreds of reporters from all over the country who went into the fray.

The story above is what he found there.

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