Los Angeles, CA: Remembering the 1992 L.A. Riots 25 years ago.
On Saturday, April 29th, 2017, we remembers the L.A. Riots that occurred 25 years ago following the acquitted of 3 Los Angeles Police Department Officers and a Los Angeles Police Department Sergeant were in the beating of Rodney King that occurred on Sunday, March 3rd, 1991 in Lake View Terrace, California.
The beating of Rodney King, which was captured on camera by a man on his balcony, was shown on local news station which many people across Los Angeles, California were in shocked and angered over what the video showed.
As the video was replayed on news outlets nationally and internationally, the shock and outrage grew larger and larger.
Soon, the Los Angeles District Attorney charged 3 Los Angeles Police Department Officers and a Los Angeles Police Department Sergeant with assault and use of excessive force.
After a 3 month trial and 7 days of deliberations inside a courthouse in Simi Valley, California, the jury delivered on Wednesday, April 29th, 1992 a ‘Not Guilty’ verdict onto Los Angeles Police Department Officers Theodore Briseno, Laurence Powell and Timothy Wind, and on Sergeant Stacey Koon.
The ‘Not Guilty’ verdict angered people outside the courthouse and across the Los Angeles, California where Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley denounced the verdict as “senseless,” declaring, “The jury’s verdict will never blind the world to what we saw on the videotape.”
Soon after, the anger turned to violence and rioting across Los Angeles, California and during the 5 days of mayhem and destruction, more than 60 people died and thousands of people were injured, including the attack on truck driver Reginald Denny at the intersection of Florence Ave and Normandie Ave in Los Angeles, California which was captured on camera by television news helicopters.
The 5 days of mayhem and destruction also caused more than $1 billion in damage, many of them were businesses who where looted and set on fire.
As we remember what the 1992 L.A. Riots 25 years ago today, may we all continue to work together on making sure that problems with law enforcement, the justice system, and race are addressed and fix well being open, honest, and respectful adults.
All law enforcement agencies should never abuse the badge or the law, and should stand up for the people if they witness anybody in any law enforcement agencies abusing their powers; good cops must and need to arrest bad cops.
We should never use hate and violence as a tool in your fight for your cause doesn’t solve nothing and make things worst, not only on the your cause, but also on the community; attacking innocent people who had nothing to do with the real problem only divide more people from your cause as well as build more hatred towards each other.
Looting, or destruction of property as a tool in your fight for your cause doesn’t solve nothing and make things worst, not only on the your cause, but also on the community; destroying the ma and pa business and looting that department store is not going to fix the problem, but will only close that business down for your community and people will be out of a job.
Remembers, “You can’t get peace with violence,” said Arsenio Hall during an interview with KNBC NBC Channel 4 at the First A.M.E. Church during the 1992 L.A. Riots.
We should never judge people as a label of hate; judging every law enforcement officer as being racist or judging every African American person as being a gang member is hateful, wrong, and only makes things worst in fixing the problems that need to be really fix.
May we use our anger and frustration for doing good and not for doing bad; join a group that protects people’s rights, organize to clean up your community, help teach children that hate and violence is wrong and not the answer, or organize a community group that rebuilds the relationship with law enforcement well addressing problems needing to be fix in law enforcement.
Remember what Rodney King said, “Can we all get along? Can we, can we get along? Can we stop making it horrible for the older people and the kids?”
May we keep working towards that day where yes we can “all get along.”
Peace, Love, and God Bless.
** Pictures from NBC News. **