Soon after the jury’s verdict was announced, rioting, looting, and arson quickly spun out of control. By the time the National Guard came in to put an end to it, six days later, 52 people were dead, over 4,000 were injured, and $1 billion worth of property had been damaged.
These stark images from the LA Riots reveal a city on the brink of collapse — and provide a haunting testament to the continuing history of police brutality in America.
A fire department crew sprays water on a burning mini-mall.
A rioter breaks a glass door of the Criminal Courts building, downtown Los Angeles.
A demonstrator protests the verdict in the trial of the four police officers accused of beating Rodney King outside the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) headquarters.
A National Guardsman stands watch over a strip mall in South Central Los Angeles during day two of the riots.
The front page of the LA Times during the riots.
A California Highway patrolman directs traffic around a shopping center engulfed in flames on day two of the riots.
A store owner and an LAPD officer survey the damage caused by looters.
A woman yells at Los Angeles police officers who are standing guard outside a shopping centeron day two of the riots.