Looking Back: 26 Years After the Rodney King Beating and LA Riots

It's been 26 years since four police officers beat Rodney King after a high-speed car chase on March 3, 1991. The subsequent riots in Los Angeles began more than a month later on April 29, 1992, when a state jury acquitted the officers involved in the incident.

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George Holliday captured the Rodney King beating of March 3, 1991, on video.
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A building on the corner of 8th Street and La Brea Avenue burns during the 1992 Los Angeles riots.
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National Guardsmen take a break from guarding businesses at Vernon and Vermont streets in Los Angeles on May 1, 1992.
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A woman holding two packages of toilet paper and dripping from an overhead sprinkler makes her way through looted grocery store in South Central Los Angeles after the Rodney King riots on May 1, 1992. Photographed May 1, 1992.
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People and their belongings line a sidewalk across from a burned out apartment on May 1, 1992 in Los Angeles. The apartment was attached to a row of stores that were burned and looted.
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Children walk past a building destroyed by fire during the Los Angeles riots. In April, 1992, after a jury acquitted the police officers involved in the beating of Rodney King, riots broke out throughout South Central Los Angeles, killing 55 people, injuring another 2,000, and causing more than $1 billion in damage.
Rodney King pleads for an end to the rioting in South Central Los Angeles on May 1, 1992 in Los Angeles. King died on June 17, 2012 at age 47.
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Former Los Angeles Police Sgt. Stacey Koon grins during a press conference following his sentencing to a two-and-a-half year prison term on Aug. 4, 1993. Koon and former police officer Laurence Powell were found guilty of violating Rodney King's civil rights.
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A National Guardsman stands guard at Vermont Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles.
Rodney King poses for a portrait in Los Angeles in this April 13, 2012 file photo.
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A demonstrator protesting the verdict in the trial of four Los Angeles police officers accused of beating motorist Rodney King holds a placard aloft before a line of police as protesters gathered at the Parker Center, the headquarters of the Los Angeles Police Department.
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Firemen extinguish a blaze during rioting in Los Angeles on April 30, 1992.
A fireman sprays water on a burning auto parts store in Los Angeles during riots.
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A California Highway Patrol officer stands guard at Ninth Street and Vermont Avenue in Los Angeles on April 30, 1992.
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Rodney King attends the 17th annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at USC on April 21, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.
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A Los Angeles police officer escorts a man caught looting at the intersection of Pico Boulevard and Hoover near the Koreatown section of Los Angeles on May 2, 1992. Sporadic incidents of arson and looting occurred throughout the city despite a dusk to dawn curfew.
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National Guardsmen stand guard outside the ABC Market at Martin Luther King Boulevard and Vermont Street during the 1992 riots.
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Looters carry televisions out of a Fedco Department Store at La Cienega Boulevard and Rodeo Road in Los Angeles on May 1, 1992 during the second day of rioting in the city.
Los Angeles police form a line to prevent a crowd from going into a building on April 30, 1992.
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Rodney King arrives at the EsoWon bookstore to sign copies of his new book, "The Riot Within: My Journey From Rebellion to Redemption," on April 30, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.
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A man loots a store in South Central Los Angeles on April 30, 1992, during unrest that began after verdicts for police officers involved in the Rodney King beating were handed down.
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A store owner and a Los Angeles Police Department officer look at the damage caused by looters.
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A man passes in front of a line of policemen.
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