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NBCLA tweets the 1992 LA riots in real-time


Real Time LA Riots Twitter account by NBCLA

While the LA Times went fishing with Rodney King, NBC Los Angeles has decided to do something equally unique to mark the 20th anniversary of the 1992 riots.

The television news station is tweeting the past. 

From the controversial verdict to the tragic aftermath, NBCLA is tweeting the events, the photos, and the quotes as they happened (sometimes to the minute) 20 years ago.

The Twitter account @RealTimeLARiots launched Friday while the historic trial was underway. "Court Update: 4 LAPD officers opt for all-or-nothing verdict.#RodneyKing #Trial", it tweeted. Over the last few days they have quoted LAPD Chief Daryl Gates as well as lawyers of the defendants. 

As fascinating as it is to have a virtual real-time account of the drama in one's Twitter feed, only 254 people have chosen to follow it thus far.


20 days of house arrest for Rodney King

Rodney King

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1992: Rodney King calls for the end of violence in the city during a press conference.

Rodney King, the driver whose videotaped beating by Los Angeles police officers 20 years ago led to devastating riots, has been sentenced to 20 days of house arrest for reckless driving in Moreno Valley.

King, 46, was arrested seven months ago on suspicion of drunk driving. His blood-alcohol reading at the time of the arrest was 0.06 percent, below the 0.08 legal threshold, and he was found to have traces of marijuana in his system, Riverside County prosecutors said.

The charge was pleaded down to a lesser "wet reckless" driving charge, according to the Riverside Press-Enterprise. King was also fined $500 and placed on three years' probation in the Monday ruling.