The 1992 Los Angeles riots were a series of riots that occured over a series of six days in Los Angeles metropolitan area in California in April 1992. The rioting started on April 29, 1992, after a jury trial resulted in the acquittal of four Los Angeles Police Department officers accused in the videotaped beating of motorist Rodney King following a high-speed police pursuit.
It has been 20 years since the L.A. riots. Here’s a photo taken on May 1, 1992, by Gary Leonard of national guards on patrol at 1st St. and Alameda St. after the verdicts of the Rodney King trial were announced. Behind them is Barbara Kruger’s mural on the wall of what was then The Temporary Contemporary (now The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA).