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Photographer recounts covering the 1992 Los Angeles riots

Los Angeles Times photographer Kirk McKoy was heading to work for his night shift when word came that a Simi Valley jury was about to announce its verdict in the Rodney King beating trial. Nearly 20 years later he talks about covering the resulting riots at the flashpoint Florence and Normandie avenues.


· Photos from the 1992 Los Angeles riots

· Scenes from the riots, then and now

· Timeline: 1992 L.A. riots

· The past still grips Rodney King

· Front pages from the riots

· Full coverage


  1. April 27, 2012, 11:51 pm

    This brought me back to that night watching television and feeling SO helpless.

    By: kekerry
  2. April 29, 2012, 6:59 pm

    Nice shots Kirk. It was my pleasure to work with you for those three days and nights….Mike

    By: MikeMeadows

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