The month of April marks the 25th Anniversary of the L.A. Riots, which lasted days and resulted in 55 deaths. The riots, which started on April 29, 1992, began after four white police officers were acquitted in the beating of Rodney King. The rioting, looting, and violence during the L.A. Riots resulted in an estimated $1 billion in damage. 25 years later, the Los Angeles Police Department is a much different organization and many people are more optimistic about the future of the city. Community activist Earl Ofari Hutchinson, who is president of the Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable, states:
We can point to some progress, ironically, with the LAPD, a much more ethnically-diverse and gender-diverse LAPD than was certainly there 25 years ago… Use of deadly force — it’s been up and down — but not to the extent that we saw 25 years ago. There’s much more community engagement.
The L.A. Riots are a reminder of the consequences of having a lack of community engagement between the vastly diverse communities within Los Angeles and with the sworn officers that patrol the communities.
A rally and a festival are planned for April 29, which is the 25th anniversary of the start of the riots.
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