The rioting that broke out in L.A. in 1992 was one of the most traumatic episodes in the history of the city. Sunday marks the 20th anniversary of the violence. The riots lasted a total of six days. More than 50 people were killed. Property damage was estimated at a billion dollars. Long time L.A.P.D. Chief Daryl Gates retired two months later.
KPCC's Shirley Jahad produced this audio snapshot of the first day of the rioting, which erupted after just a few words. KPCC's Mae Ryan produced the accompanying images juxtaposing images from intersections of the events from then and now.