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A mob at the intersection of Florence and Normandie attacks a man as he steps off a city bus on April 29, 1992. Anyone at the intersection who was not black was attacked during the first few hours after the verdict in the Rodney King trial was read.

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A man is at the wrong place at the wrong time as a mob descends on him a few hours after the Rodney King verdict.

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A man attacked by a mob is led to safety on the first day of the L.A. riots.

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A rioter attacks a car on Florence and Normandie in Los Angeles after the King verdict.

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Rioters at the corner of Florence and Normandie on the first day of civil unrest.

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On the first day of the riots, a man holds up a sign Ð ÒWe will not restÓ Ð after a crowd overturned a big metal trash container and set it on fire.

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A shopping mall at the intersection of La Brea and Pico is engulfed in flames.

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A man with a shopping cart full of diapers passes a market on the second day of the riots on 3rd Street.

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People rush into a grocery store taking what they can. One man hops onto the sill of the door to escape.

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One the second day of the riots, a police officer advances, trying to control the crowd.

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Firefighters battle blazes near Broadway and Florence in Los Angeles on the second night of the riots.

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On the third day of riots, suspected looters are detained at Main Street and Washington Boulevard.

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Police arrest a woman on suspicion of looting on May 1, 1992.

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Rodney G. King , right, makes his first statement, pleading for an end to the rioting in South Los Angeles.

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On April 29th, 1992, four LAPD officers were acquitted of assault charges for the beating of Rodney G. King, which was caught on one of the most widely seen videos of the 1990s.

The verdict was met with outrage. It was also met with the Los Angeles riots of 1992, which shocked America with the sheer force of its violence and destruction.  More than 50 people were killed and an estimated 2,000 injured in several days of rioting. Los Angeles Times photojournalist Kirk McCoy documented the chaos that ensued.

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