April 29, 1992 – No Justice, No Peace
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News for this April 29th, 22 years ago went from cautious anticipation to rage. The verdict in the Rodney King Beating trial was expected on this day. The trial, over the videotaped beating of unarmed Black motorist Rodney King by LAPD Officers, sparked outrage throughout the country. And it was pretty much assumed the four White Police Officers involved would be found guilty of excessive force, since the videotape clearly showed the Officers at fault.
But that’s not what happened. After seven days of jury deliberation, the four Police Officers were acquitted and found not guilty on all but one of the eleven counts, deadlocking on the questionable one.
The reaction was swift and incredulous – first expressing shock and outrage. And soon, as word spread, the outrage turned simply to rage. And the rage turned to violence. And the violence quickly spilled over Los Angeles. And Los Angeles was engulfed for the next 6 days.
And in the end, over 11,000 were arrested, over 2,000 were injured and some 53 were dead.
And that was how April 29th unfolded in 1992, as reported by KNX-AM Newsradio – continuous coverage from 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm.