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Chaos, roaming mobs and a call for calm.
Exactly 20 years ago, riots broke out on the streets of Los Angeles. For six solid days, L.A. was battered, bruised and burned after the acquittal of four police officers in the Rodney King beating case. Angry crowds gathered in an instant.
Officers, bystanders and firefighters were all caught in the crossfire. A lack of police presence had merchants finding alternative ways to keep the peace.
Even Rodney King himself issued a plea for calm, and the mayor called for a dusk-to-dawn curfew.
Before it was over, the death toll soared over 50, and cost the city more than $1 billion in damage.
April 29, 1992, is a date we will never forget.