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The "Rodney King Riots," also known as the "Los Angeles Riots," began this day in 1992, after four Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers were acquitted of charges in the savage beating of Rodney King. The racially sparked riots lasted more than six days, with thousands of Angelenos taking to the streets in an especially violent display of protest. Fifty-three people were killed and more than two thousand were said to be injured
Rodney King is pictured after the acquittal of the four LAPD officers who beat him.
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