This day in U.S. history

On April 29, 1992, deadly rioting that claimed 54 lives and caused $1 billion in damage erupted in Los Angeles after a jury in Simi Valley acquitted four Los Angeles police officers of almost all state charges in the videotaped beating of Rodney King.

I remember watching the courtroom on TV and marveling that it was the same place as I had recently contested a traffic ticket and years prior got a tour by D.A.R.E. I remember leaving my bedroom when the verdict was announced and working on some project in the house. I ran back in later to something and the TV was still on. I glanced over and was bewildered by a bird’s eye view of Reginald Denny getting beaten in the middle of an intersection.

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