This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Los Angeles riots.
A Black motorist, Rodney King was beaten by police in March 1991. The incident was recorded on a VHS tape-recorder by George Holliday from his apartment balcony. King was struck by police batons over 50 times. As a result, he suffered 11 fractures, as well as other injuries.
The footage was released to the local television station KTLA, then broadcast to the world. On April 29, 1992, the four officers recorded on video savagely beating the unarmed Black driver were acquitted and the city of Los Angeles erupted.
Also known as the ‘Rodney King Riots’, Los Angeles was enthralled in racially sparked riots, which lasted more than six days. Thousands of Angelenos took to the streets in an especially violent display of protest.
One of the officers acquitted, Sergeant Stacey Koon, needed a police escort just to leave the courtroom after the verdict was read.
The L.A. Riots was one of the most devastating events in Los Angeles history. Violence raged through the city leaving civilians injured and businesses ruined forever. It is important to look back at moments in our past, so we are not doomed to repeat the same mistakes in our future. Sadly, today much hasn’t changed when it comes to Blacks in America and police brutality. But the past can still teach us lessons. Here are five important facts about the ‘Rodney King Riots’.
Korean Americans During The Los Angeles Riots
Korean Americans living in Los Angeles were heavily impacted by the riots. Some faced physical harm, while others had their stores and businesses looted. 2,300 Korean-owned stores in southern California were looted or burned during the riots. Almost half of the property damage reported was from Korean-owned businesses.
Bill Cosby’s Final Episode Of “The Cosby Show” Aired On The Second Night Of The Riots
Bill Cosby took to the airwaves on the final episode of his hit series “The Cosby Show” to tell rioters to stop and watch the program. Cosby would appear on television that day to politely ask viewers who were participating in the riots to stay home and what the series finale, instead of hitting the streets.
The Local Media Gave The World An Inside Look Into The Riots
L.A. local news played a whole role in the world being able to witness the riots. Using a news helicopter, local media was able to capture live moments during the riots that left the world stunned. A news chopper flew over the riots broadcasted live to the world, white trucker Reginald Denny was cornered by rioters and struck violently in the head with a brick. This moment sent the national media into a frenzy. Violence and tension in the streets of Los Angeles were on display for the whole world to witness.
The National Guard’s Presence
During the riots over 1,100 Marines, 600 Army soldiers, and 6,500 National Guard troops were sent to patrol the streets of Los Angeles. Soldiers from the California National Guard, The United States Military, and officers from several law enforcement agencies all took place in helping end the violence and looting.
The Horrific Number of Victims
63 people were killed, 2,383 people were injured, more than 12,000 were arrested after the riots. There was over an estimated 1 $billion in property damage, most of which took place in Koreatown.
A Disturbing Timeline Of Ahmaud Arbery's Killing And Murder Investigation In Georgia
1. October 20191 of 47
2. November 2019
2 of 47
This video is from 11/17. Larry English called 911 on 11/18 and said he had a problem with "other people" the night before. This appears to show that day and is from English's attorney. There is no record of neighbors calling 911 this day, based off records from Glynn Co 911 pic.twitter.com/BXlyYEaBcL— Wright Gazaway (@WrightKATU) May 15, 2020
3. Dec. 20, 2019
3 of 47
Police told the homeowner where #AhmaudArbery was last seen to contact Greg McMichael if his cameras caught someone on his property. McMichael in turn gathered a posse & began hunting for Ahmaud, or someone who fit his description, catching up with him on 2/23/20– killing him. pic.twitter.com/BmlmW636f5— Lee Merritt (@MerrittForTexas) May 16, 2020
4. Dec. 20, 2019
4 of 47
This is the man that set the plan in motion that led to the murder of #AhmaudArbery.— Lee Merritt (@MerrittForTexas) May 18, 2020
ROBERT RASH is a Glynn County Police Officer.
He instructed a homeowner to contact Gregory McMichael to deal w/ trespassers.
McMichael and his son formed a posse and murdered Ahmaud Arbery. pic.twitter.com/ZqZg567Agp
5. Feb. 11, 2020
5 of 47
Larry English’s attorney gave me this video from Feb 11. It shows the incident outlined in my story when Travis McMichael called 911 and saw someone in the home. On 2/23, he and his father thought the Abrery was who they saw on the 11th pic.twitter.com/C2gVJCJ3xQ— Wright Gazaway (@WrightKATU) May 14, 2020
6. Feb. 23Source:Getty 6 of 47
7. Feb. 27, 2020
7 of 47
This is the DA who blocked the arrest of 2 white supremacist TERRORISTS after they murdered an innocent black man execution style while he was jogging in his neighborhood— StanceGrounded (@_SJPeace_) May 9, 2020
JACKIE JOHNSON NEEDS TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR OBSTRUCTING & ENDANGERING THE LIVES OF BLACK MEN
ARREST HER pic.twitter.com/ngSIEGMCq1
8. Feb. 27, 20208 of 47
9. Feb. 29, 2020Source:Getty 9 of 47
10. March 2020
10 of 47
If you’re wondering why no charges were initially filed on the murderers of #AhmaudArbery, it’s because D.A. George Barnhill immediately concluded Arbery was a criminal & that he attacked the men who were hunting him.— Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon) May 7, 2020
This is letter Barnhill sent to the Brunswick authorities pic.twitter.com/vsGCboful7
11. April 2, 2020
11 of 47
Police report sheds more light on Satilla Shores shooting https://t.co/Zi6YVGTkhK— The Brunswick News (@Brunswick_News) April 2, 2020
12. April 3, 202012 of 47
13. April 1313 of 47
14. April 26, 2020
14 of 47
We’ll never know how often Black life is taken, justice denied:— Dr. Malinda S. Smith (@MalindaSmith) May 9, 2020
“Two Weapons, a Chase, a Killing and No Charges.
A 25-year-old man running through a Georgia neighborhood ended up dead. A prosecutor argued that the pursuers should not be arrested” @nytimes https://t.co/pJA6kSK6cj
15. April 28, 202015 of 47
16. May 5, 202016 of 47
17. May 5, 202017 of 47
18. May 7, 202018 of 47
19. May 8, 202019 of 47
20. May 8, 2020
20 of 47
On what would have been his 26th birthday, people were jogging 2.23 miles in his honor to signify the date he was killed by Gregory and Travis McMichael, who racially profiled and shot the jogger in Brunswick, Georgia. #IrunwithMaud #IRunwithAhmaudhttps://t.co/V2KuBaeKjx— NewsOne (@newsone) May 9, 2020
21. May 9, 2020Source:Getty 21 of 47
22. May 10, 202022 of 47
23. May 11, 2020
23 of 47
Another huge WIN for #JusticeForAhmaud! At the family’s demand— a special prosecutor will replace Tom Durden the S. GA prosecutor that sat on the case until video of Ahmaud’s murder was leaked. Joyette Holmes is out of @cobbcountygovt. Her office is being reviewed for conflicts. pic.twitter.com/rcuQ7UPOfE— Lee Merritt (@MerrittForTexas) May 11, 2020
24. May 12, 2020Source:Twitter 24 of 47
25. May 13, 2020
25 of 47
“Ahmaud, I am so sorry. I should have stopped them,” reads the note. “I am so sorry.” The card was not signed by a name and no more information or context was provided, including when the card was left there. https://t.co/nzzY5aNple— NewsOne (@newsone) May 14, 2020
26. May 14, 2020Source:Getty 26 of 47
27. May 18, 2020
27 of 47
Because this story wasn't bad enough now we discover Lindsay McMichael, the daughter and sister of Ahmaud Arbery’s alleged killers, posted a picture of Ahmaud’s deceased body to snapchat pic.twitter.com/RwTwzrAXAG— Reese Waters (@reesewaters) May 19, 2020
28. May 18, 202028 of 47
29. May 20, 2020Source:Getty 29 of 47
30. May 20, 2020
30 of 47
Today, the GA Congressional Delegation co-signed a letter to U.S. AG William Barr and Asst AG Eric Dreiband, encouraging the use of “all possible Federal resources to achieve full justice, transparency, and accountability in the case of Mr. Ahmaud Arbery.” https://t.co/8FcMZEEKWF— John Lewis (@repjohnlewis) May 20, 2020
31. May 21, 2020Source:WJAX 31 of 47
32. May 25, 2020
32 of 47
NEW: Attorneys for Ahmaud Arbery's parents announce that the Department of Justice will be investigating Arbery's killing and why it took so long to arrest the people responsible. See their statement here: pic.twitter.com/yfcnrT5SjV— Hayley Mason (@HayleyMasonTV) May 26, 2020
33. June 2020
33 of 47
Reports of a photo op with the president or standing with the White House during the EO signing are false.— Lee Merritt (@MerrittForTexas) June 16, 2020
Show me the civil rights leaders who are upset about families making a direct appeal for federal intervention after the murder of their loved one & I’ll show you a clown. pic.twitter.com/GXR5arB8Mz
34. June 17, 2020Source:WJAX 34 of 47
35. November 2020Source:Getty 35 of 47
36. December 2020
36 of 47
William ‘Roddie’ Bryan tried to publicly absolve himself of having any part in Ahmaud Arbery’s modern-day lynching, but this newly released bodycam footage confirms what we long suspected: He clearly used his truck to block Ahmaud's escape from the McMichaels! pic.twitter.com/UAms4LYS28— Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) December 15, 2020
37. January 2021Source:Getty 37 of 47
38. February 2021Source:Getty 38 of 47
39. Feb. 23, 2021Source:Getty 39 of 47
40. April 2021Source:Getty 40 of 47
41. May 2021Source:Getty 41 of 47
42. September 2021
42 of 47
This is the mugshot of disgraced District Attorney Jackie Johnson who was just arrested today for her role in the coverup of the murder of Ahmaud Arbery. pic.twitter.com/OKF2xKkV3Z— Lee Merritt (@MerrittForTexas) September 8, 2021
43. October 2021Source:Getty 43 of 47
44. November 11, 2021Source:Getty 44 of 47
45. November 11, 2021
45 of 47
Gough is big mad because Al Sharpton sat in the courtroom yesterday.— Serene🦉 (@MythSerene) November 11, 2021
He literally says, "We don't want any more Black pastors coming in here-"
Then something abt Jesse Jackson?
"If a bunch of folks came in here dressed like Col Sanders w/ white masks..."
WTF Gough? #AhmaudArbery pic.twitter.com/GZUb4dNwRJ
46. November 24, 202146 of 47
5 Facts You May Not Have Known About the ‘Rodney King Riots’ was originally published on newsone.com