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Riots20: Stories from the LA Riots

by John Rabe with sound gathered by KPCC News | Off-Ramp

People taking merchandise from J. C. Discount Outlet, located at 2101 W. Pico Blvd., during the riots of 1992. The security gate has been broken open. Photo date: April 30, 1992.

Over the last few months, KPCC has been talking with Angelenos about the 1992 riots, sparked by the acquittals of the LAPD officers accused of beating Rodney King and predicated on the documented historic abuse of blacks and Latinos by the LAPD. Some people, like the current head of the L.A. Chamber of Commerce, were far away, some were in the middle, like a little girl who remembers how hot the windows of her apartment got as riots burned a nearby building.

Our photos come from Gary Leonard, archived online at the L.A. Public Library. Leonard documented the riots himself, but also took along his 14-year-old son, who had his own camera. Their photos are featured at a new show that opens April 29th at Leonard's gallery in downtown Los Angeles.

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