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April 27th, 2012
11:56 AM ET

The Los Angeles Riots: 20 years later

Twenty years ago Sunday, Los Angeles erupted in riots that forever changed the city. Some conditions, like the LAPD's relationship with the community have improved, while the areas blighted by the riots still struggle today. Now hear from others as they tell their stories about a time that changed the way America saw race.

1992: The day the music stopped

Lon McQ talks about the day the music stopped when KJLH, a black owned music radio station based in south Los Angeles stopped playing music when the riots began and instead took calls from residents who reported what they saw and vented their anger and frustration at the verdicts and the ensuing destruction of their community.

Protester 'needed to vent' during riots

When Mark Craig heard the news of the verdict, he was filled with rage. He got in the car with some friends from his racially diverse suburb north of Los Angeles and raced to downtown LA, determined to express his anger and frustration at the injustice of the verdict. He felt betrayed by his country and was determined to let the world know. He and his friends found themselves smack in the middle of downtown LA in front of police headquarters. A melee ensued - cops facing off against a loud and racially diverse crowd of protesters and a swarm of media. The protesters shouted "no justice no peace" and looked to destroy anything they could find. In what became an iconic image, Craig, in his peace symbol t-shirt, throws his fists up in victory after the protesters set a parking lot kiosk on fire and toppled it over. Despite his optimistic perspective on life, Craig says that not much has changed in 20 years in terms of racial and economic struggles. "There will always be the haves and have nots" but he does what he can to be a positive influence on youth today.

Fireman relives day he was shot in riots

Los Angeles firefighter Scott Miller was driving his fire truck through the thick of the riot chaos on April 29, 1992 when a car turned its headlights off and pulled up on the passenger side of his truck. A man in the car pulled out a gun and shot him in the face while he was behind the wheel. His recovery was nothing short of amazing. Within a year, he was back at work on light duty at the la fire dept working for the fire prevention bureau, and after 4 years of hoping he'd get back to fire fighting, he accepted the fact that given his disability with his left hand, he'd never fight fires again.

L.A. riots through the eyes of a child

On April 29, 1992, Rosalina Nieves was just 9 years old. After coming home from school, she watched in horror as local TV stations in Los Angeles broadcast live images of mobs of people attacking passersby at the intersection of Florence and Normandy in the South Central section of L.A. The riots began after a jury acquitted four police officers in charges from beating black motorist Rodney King. The infamous intersection was just five blocks from her home. Scared for her dad's safety, she and her Mom continued to watch the news intently for any information that could keep them safe---especially since her dad hadn't yet made it home from work. The public service the news media provided that night, is one of the reasons, she says, that she chose to become a journalist herself. Today Rosalina works as an Assignment Editor for CNN in the Los Angeles bureau.

Covering the Los Angeles riots

CNN journalists look back at their coverage of the 1992 riots that engulfed Los Angeles following the acquittals.

soundoff (127 Responses)
  1. Bob

    It's much more peaceful now since Latinos have run out many of the former occupants. I have lunch in that area once a week.

    May 17, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Agreed

    bfd007. Couldn't agree with you more!! Glad someone isn't afraid to speak the truth.

    May 17, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Buck

    Have been to LA often since 1949 and it is ugly. Used to be the most beautiful city then the riots destroyed it. How does one respond to one that is high on drugs? Please tell me.

    May 17, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ffff

    Have been given 16 trillion since the johnson administration and not a single ounce of progress...none, zero,....

    May 17, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Tgallant

    No mention of Reginald Denny? CNN, you really are losing it.

    April 27, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • leila

      I thought of Reginald Denny. I wonder why no one has interviewed him. Rodney King is getting air time, but no one has heard from Denny lately. I do know that after the riots and the convictions of his attackers, Denny FORGAVE them. He is a good man. He deserves to be heard from just as much as Rodney King.

      April 27, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Debby

    I wonder how many times Rodney King has been in jail since this happened. hmmm.

    April 27, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • that guy

      quite a few times... at least he learned to not run from the cops anymore

      April 27, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jataka

    Dumb monkeys trashing their own businesses and killing innocent people. Way to bolster your reputation in the society of America. Maybe you should just take your crap and go back to Africa since you all proclaim to love it so much.

    April 27, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • the sensible1

      does anyone remember reginald denny and how come there wasn't marches nor riots over that? I do say that perhaps the brick upside his head may have been even more severe than rodney kings beating was. and let's keep in mind that rodney king was violating the law and resisting arrest. reginal denny was simply driving a truck when he was pulled out and his head turned into jello by a brick to the temple.where was al sharpton and jessie jackson protest march and anti white rhetoric then?

      April 27, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
      • leila

        I thought of Reginald Denny. I wonder why no one has interviewed him. Rodney King is getting air time, but no one has heard from Denny lately. I do know that after the riots and the convictions of his attackers, Denny FORGAVE them. He is a good man. He deserves to be heard from just as much as Rodney King.

        April 27, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mengez

      I have reported your abusive and racist comments.

      April 27, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Duane St.Pete Florida

    wow....CA with all it's gun laws.....this will never happen in Florida.....we are all armed.....and not afraid to shoot.......so black Americans that live in Florida.....since the state has over charged Zimmerman and he will get off....respect the law, respect other people's property everything will be fine......

    April 27, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mengez

      It is perfectly legal to own a gun in California. Do a little reading please.

      April 27, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • DeeNYC

      they were shooting up the place during the riots, everyone has guns there. The only stores that weren't looted were the korean ones because they armed up and warned the dirt bags that if they came near they'd be a gun fight.

      April 27, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. cashmere mafia

    Why is this being brought up? Is this a prelude of things to come with the Martin case? Stop using violence and looting as the solution to your problems! Fight fire with fire – use your education and the resources available to you to get ahead!! I have 2 BAs and a Masters, and starting law school this Fall – all while working full-time. It can be done!!

    April 27, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • leila

      I tried telling Robone this, but he fails to respond. The best thing people can do in their communities (regardless of what race they are) is to educate, give back, volunteer, be a big brother/sister, be a legal advocate, etc. But people like Robone want to foment dissent, turn back time, bring up irrelevant histories by comparing race in America to Nazi Germany. This is just keeping everyone cemented in the past. Move forward. Remember that we can be each other's allies so stop alienating everyone who has an opinion about how riots ought to be handled. If you are a criminal and you hurt or kill others, you should be punished. Simple. Why are blacks accusing us of being racist? Is there another standard of justice for rioters than there are for everyone else? Zimmerman will have his day in court.

      April 27, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. nobody

    Can CNN really try so blatantly to incite violence so they would have something to report without any legal repercussions?

    April 27, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dale

      I agree, when it is a slow news day, CNN and others make news,; it make money.

      April 27, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  11. 7thID

    You know I am amazed how history keeps ignoring the role of Federal Troops in stopping the riots. I was there, part of 2nd BDE, 7THID (L), for close to 3 weeks and let me tell you it was 7thID and the Mariens that put an end to that mess NOT the CA NG- useless POSs let alone the outgunned LA Police.

    April 27, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  12. anon

    wow, it is incredibly evident someone wants a race war in this country.

    April 27, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry

      Let them. We all know who's going to win.

      April 27, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  13. robone

    Bye Jim Crow. Please vacate. Why would I want to live around you. There are very few educated I know that would (black, white, red or yellow).

    I can take no more of the low minded invidviduals who have congregated here. I'M OUT!

    April 27, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Bob Loblaw

    My favorite "excuse" about the crimes committed by races other than caucasian is the "I didn't have the same opportunities as white-folk" or "it's because of slavery" or "my daddy was never home"...come on now people. There is a thing called PUBLIC school, no one you know has suffered from slavery, and many people in this world are "normal" even without "daddy".

    April 27, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. BillyBob117

    I find it amazing how the state run media, Al, Jessie, little barry and holder must always fan the flames of hate and racism. I do not care if the blacks burn down their hoods. If they go across the line and starte shooting, killing, rapping, murdering, burning, amd looting, then it is time to shoot to kill. Do not forget these people will kill over a pair of air jordons

    April 27, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • leila

      And rioting and riot mentality are contagious. We will see rebellion amongst high schoolers as well. Remember when Florida high school students staged a walk-out and stormed through a local Walgreens? They practically terrorized the customers and employees by crashing and smashing everything they could get their hands on. THIS was THEIR way of protesting the Trayvon case when no arrest was made. Teachers and administrators in high schools will have to be vigilant.

      April 27, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • fucrckrs

      I just hope they come to your neighborhood instead! Please my fellow black people, if you must riot please do it where it's deserved!!!! Thanks

      April 27, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • leila

        Way to lift up your people there. Go ahead, encourage them to be criminals. Martin Luther King would be so proud. You couldn't get to my neighborhood anyway; mine is run by Mexican Nortenos.

        April 27, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
      • Duane St.Pete Florida

        why do do want more blacks to get shot?

        April 27, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Fiona

    CNN: I was disinclined to agree with those who have accused CNN of race baiting lately, but this is going too far.

    April 27, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  17. HAHA

    This is why black people are viewed the way they are. How can anyone be surprised?

    April 27, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  18. yoshi

    Other countries must look at us and laugh. Our police pull over a dirtbag drug addict whacked out of his mind and he resists arrest. The cops go overboard trying to get the guy to settle down. So, then the drug addict dirtbag becomes a hero and gets a huge settlement. The police are thrown in jail, all the results of fear caused by mass rioting that killed dozens. Millions are thrown at the community to calm them down. This country has absolutely no discipline or order at all. Next time this happens, the national guard should come in and start shooting all the looters and anybody out on the street. That will bring order back. They would do this in other countries. Our country is broke, we can't afford to keep giving money away to dirtbags and looters or people who don't contribute to society.

    April 27, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • guest

      Except the police WERENT thrown in jail. Thats what caused the anger that started the riots.

      April 27, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
      • yneemme

        The real anger was when the last box of diapers, the last 12 pack of beer and the last tv's and stereos had already been stolen – that was what the riots were really all about....

        April 27, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  19. John P. tarver

    We must remember the contribution of Chicanos in the LA riots; as they were half the rioters. Chicanos did a better job of staying off camera however. I think if these riots had been in Long Beach the people there would have made little holes in the rioters.

    April 27, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob Loblaw

      The Long Beach cops also had citizens backing them up with their own weapons. We camped out on the corners for days after the riots started and the cops kept thanking us for helping protect our areas. You'll notice, not much rioting took place in Long Beach proper, but there was massive looting a few miles away from where I lived on Gladys.
      This incident was stupid then and even more stupid now. I understand anger in the wake of the court decision, but come on, the dude was a criminal with a violent history and the cops knew this. Did they take it overboard? Maybe but I knew cops in the Valley who practice this behavior nightly due to the drug cultures where trying to take a guy into custody puts your life at risk.

      April 27, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      I lived in Pasadena at the time in an upscale neighborhood and was 16. I recall all my neighbors stating they were ready to dust off their rifles if the rioters came into our neighborhood. It was a scary time but nobody was going to take any crap from any rioter.

      April 27, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  20. What?

    Rioting only hurts the people where riots take place (usually the community of the people doing the rioting).
    Hopefully next time, they are smart enough to burn the towns and homes of the 1 percenters...

    April 27, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Duane St.Pete Florida

      the one percentage all have guns and no...they are not that smart

      April 27, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob J.

      ...and be dropped like German soldiers in a WWI trench rush.

      April 27, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • leila

      That's not acceptable and is an irresponsible thing to say even in jest. No one deserves to be caught in a riot.

      April 27, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  21. phearis

    Racist much Jimmy?

    April 27, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • bozobucks

      How is the truth racist phearis?

      April 27, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Common Sense

      "specist" you mean because we're not the same species let alone the same race.Need to study evolution instead of marxism

      April 27, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • phearis

      @bozobucks – lol, Your name pretty much sums it up. Troll much Bozo?

      April 27, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  22. robone

    CNN – I actually enjoy most of the articles you highlight as headline news. I agree with others, you failed miserably with this one. The article makes it appear that there is a hidden agenda to spark riots just to create news. It seems CNN and other news agencies are disappointed by the peaceful protests following the death of Martin. CNN please rise above and not fall below!

    April 27, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  23. phearis

    Just wait until Zimmerman is found Not Guilty. The LA Riots will look like a school yard tiff.

    April 27, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jake

      Too true. If Zimmerman is found not guilty, which he probably will be, there will be riots like this everywhere, not just in Florida. The entire country could be thrown into riots and chaos.

      April 27, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Duane St.Pete Florida

      no way.....we are all armed here in the great state of Florida....so bring it

      April 27, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Anne

    Sacrifice Z in order to prevent racist riots? NO. NO. NO. Let him be justifiably acquitted. And then prosecute anyone who uses this as an EXCUSE to loot and burn. You DON'T convict a stupid-but-innocent man just because it is the EASY way out of this mess. Z didn't cause all of this. The THUG-MARTIN was the precursor. And the MEDIA simply inflamed and encouraged the rabid-racist hysteria. Have a nice day.

    April 27, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • bjd1020

      Everyone knows thats why MJ and OJ got off, to prevent riots........sad

      April 27, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Steve

    Well 90% of the violent crime being perpetrated every day is by the black people at only 12.6% of our population. 93% of black people murdered are from black people. 80% of white people murdered are from black people.
    I feel sorry for anyone murdered, raped, robbed or killed of any color. But just type BLACK ON WHITE crime in GOOGLE & FBI statistics and see the over whelming truth. It's amazing. Zimmerman wasn’t out robbing anyone to murder. He was actually trying to help others. That’s the difference.
    Imagine if news reports came along every day if they told the color of the perpetrator…; But instead they say some suspect being arrested with NO PHOTO. Sometimes you can tell the name is a black guy IF they say the name. They wouldn't want to just tell the truth…

    April 27, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • manniecream

      Approximately 90 percent of known serial killers are Caucasian males between the ages of 25 to 35. These people have high IQs ranging from 105 to 120. There are some, for example Ted Bundy, who even have an I.Q. of 140, who are considered to be geniuses (The Holmes Typology of Serial Murder, 1). Although these people are highly intelligent, they often have poor school performance and are socially inept. They prefer solitude to social environments. They also have trouble holding a job (Serial Killer Characteristics and Profile Definitions, 1).

      April 27, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  26. leila

    If Zimmerman is acquitted....the riots WILL happen. Then there will be NO question that a 'stand your ground' law IS necessary. Everyone in Florida and elsewhere OUGHT to stand his/her ground if and when this occurs. Not another Los Angeles!! Seeing the footage is sickening. All of those people should have been shot down; the police were powerless. NEVER AGAIN.

    April 27, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Steve

    90% of the violent crime being perpetrated every day is by the black people at only 12.6% of our population. 93% of black people murdered are from black people. 80% of white people murdered are from black people.
    I feel sorry for anyone murdered, raped, robbed or killed of any color. But just type BLACK ON WHITE crime in GOOGLE & FBI statistics and see the over whelming truth. It's amazing. Zimmerman wasn’t out robbing anyone to murder. He was actually trying to help others. That’s the difference.
    Imagine if news reports came along every day if they told the color of the perpetrator…; But instead they say some suspect being arrested with NO PHOTO. Sometimes you can tell the name is a black guy IF they say the name. They wouldn't want to just tell the truth…

    April 27, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • robone

      What about slavery? What about Hitler? What about the numerous White KKK & supremist lynchings and murders? What about the white teens who go into their own schools and shoot down dozens for no reason. Senseless murder is international and has no demographic, mainly it is the disenfranchised. Ask the IRA! Please the only way we will grow is by stop spouting such ignorance. Remember, you probably say these things to your children. What will they become?

      April 27, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry

        That was ages ago, get over it.

        April 27, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
      • leila

        Are you really going to compare this whole situation to Hitler??? LEARN about the pogroms in Europe. You cannot begin to compare the social problems here in America to the Holocaust! Riots occur when people do not get their way. They respond thus because they have no education, intelligence, or civility to seek amends humanely; instead they behave as animals in the wild. This was NOT the case with the victims of the Holocaust. If you riot, loot, harm another person because of your lack of civility then you deserve to be controlled/arrested or if you pose a clear and present danger to innocents, SHOT!

        April 27, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  28. robone

    Where there riots after Amadou Diallo was shot 41x and the officers acquitted? (1975)
    Where there riots after Ousmane Zongo was shot by police and not jailed? (2003)
    Where there riots after Sean Bell was shot 40x and the detectives acquitted? (2006)
    Now there is Trayvon Martin by a wanna-be-cop.(2012)There have been no riots and there will be no riots.
    In all these cases was only protest, civil disobience.

    To descarado / leila and the other low self esteem, misinformed,feeble minded, hate-mongers. It is you who are still ignorant and pitiful 20 years later. You can spend your miserable lives waiting for us to implode. We will spend ours seeking to move forward to be the next congress members and Presidents that will run your lives.

    Signed the Controller of one of the largest multinational companies in the world. Daughter in Yale. Son in Brown. See Ya, dont want to be ya.

    April 27, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • robone

      There is no reasoning with these hateful idiots. Lord help them! Moreso, Lord help there chidlren!

      April 27, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anderson

      Piers- your countrymen already conquered Africa, and the US is stuck cleaning up the mess in the former British colonies around the world.

      April 27, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • leila

      Hey Robone...relax! No one is stopping you from getting your education and achieving what is rightfully yours! What WE are saying is that we will not allow people: black, white, Mexican to use the outcome of this case to cause utter chaos and bloodshed. YOU should likewise be promoting the same! ENCOURAGE your people, your associates, etc. to use their BRAINS, their educations, their VOICES to protest! So don't condemn me! If someone threatens my place of work, my children, I would be STUPID not to stand my ground and so would YOU.

      April 27, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • leila

      "Signed the Controller of one of the largest multinational companies in the world. Daughter in Yale. Son in Brown. See Ya, dont want to be ya."

      Gee, if you had healthy self-esteem you wouldn't need to brag about your social status. I am sure your people would not appreciate that. It's rude and unkind to flaunt your social status above anyone else's.

      April 27, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jennifer

      Robone, Amen!!!!!!

      April 27, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Bilgewater

    Ohhhhh, CNN and all the other "Mainstream Media" !!!

    Let's wring our hands about what happened 20 years ago. Let's wonder why "the race problem" still isn't solved.

    An, oh, by-the-way,

    April 27, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Whome

    Had they called in the armed forces and strafed the protesters we wouldn't have had to worry about future riots.

    April 27, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Joe

    Black people remember who enslaved them. Black people forget who freed them. Black people couldn't even free themselves. White people did it and the road continues. They still can't do anything for themselves.

    April 27, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  32. surfsouthbay

    I hate seeing these videos. The roits had nothing to do with Rodney King. It just provided an excuse for thugs and low life to surface and create more violence and cause problems. A swat team should have been called in and cleared them with live ammo.

    April 27, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • surfsouthbay

      The fact that whoever put this piece together is trying to make it appear as though there was just cause or that there was some sort of good that came out of the rioting is equally disgusting. CNN should really consider keeping this person on staff

      April 27, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • surfsouthbay

      The fact that whoever put this piece together is trying to make it appear as though there was just cause or that there was some sort of good that came out of the rioting is equally disgusting. CNN should really consider getting this person off staff. Or maybe thats the tactic? Enrage your readers so the visit the site more?? that front page is total shock value

      April 27, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Rabbit One

    dude your broadcast seems very subliminal but also blunt – it is apparent you want people today to riot just like in 1992 – don't you think it would make more sense for people to do peaceful protest this time ??

    April 27, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • whome

      that would be up to the black community. I'm sorry to say . Get your fire insurance in order

      April 27, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Will not tolerate this in florida

    This was BS, and the order to shoot and kill all looters should have been given. When and it will happen Zimmerman is found innocent if any one has illusions that they will be able to riot and loot in Florida remember this.....We will stand our ground and you will be taken down.

    April 27, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • whome

      We can only hope they are smarter than to start this crap, but then again they did burn down their own neighborhoods in L.A, so how smart is that?

      April 27, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bob Loblaw

        hahahah yes they did...burned down their OWN areas. real smart.

        April 27, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reality

      Because unlike you Jim we are not HOOD RATS.

      April 27, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • fucrckrs

      I hope you're the 1st to go

      April 27, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  35. JIM

    THE TROUBLESOME MINORITIES WILL NOT BE HAPPY UNTIL OUR COUNTRY LOOKS LIKE SOMALIA

    I TELL YOU PEOPLE NOW, RETHINK THAT RIOTING STUFF,WE WILL BE PULLING YOU PEOPLE OUT OF CARS THIS TIME

    April 27, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • fucrckrs

      Unlike you weak pale creatures we would never let you get close enough to pull us out of cars lmao how silly of you. There's really no need for a riot if Zimmerman is aquitted. No need to get all of you, he's the one we want!

      April 27, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Carol

    How low can you guys go? The effort should be on improving race relations in this country rather than pointing out the problems of the past. Did the Obama administration pay you to resurrect this stuff? I am absolutely appalled at your pathetic attempt to stir up bad feelings among the citizens of this Great United States of America. Get with the program and find something positive to say about how the citizens of the Great United States of America are promoting racial equality and working to ensure equality for all.

    April 27, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • BC

      Wow!!! CNN IS TRYING HARD TO DEVIDE US!!

      April 27, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • whome

        We don't need CNN, just ask the white guy that was beaten almost to death by a black mob last month. No arrests by the Baltimore police, but they are looking hard for the people. NOT

        April 27, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Will not tolerate this in florida

      CNN is promoting and producing hate, they are not a news network anymore then the World Weekly News is.

      April 27, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Common Sense

    And now on CNN "Rise of the Planet of the Apes"...."Ceaser No!!!!"

    April 27, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  38. JIM

    THIS TIME THE DARKIES ARE IN FOR A SURPRISE.

    LOOTERS WILL BE SHOT

    April 27, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • whome

      The stand your own ground will take care of these animals. Pull up a chair and watch

      April 27, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
      • inachu

        The riots were stupid.

        A. The man was on drugs. When on drugs they many times are stronger than they appear and when on drusg they often resist aresst and try to refuse the handcuffs. If he was not on drusg then yes I'd support the black community.
        B. The blacks also tried to harm the Korean community but we can see how they responded."Don't bring your anger in our area!" Good for the Koreans and more power to them!

        April 27, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Tom

    CNN continues to foment racial divisions to increase the violent response following a Zimmerman / Martin outcome. They've done a good job of not only manufacturing news, but manufacturing issues which will become news.

    April 27, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Henry

    The sodomites of CNN would love a repeat of the 1992 LA riots.

    April 27, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  41. caesarbc

    and this is how the liberal media steps in to incite violence about an on-going case (i.e. Trayvon Martin vs. Zimmerman).

    April 27, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  42. whome

    This is disgusting to watch. There is and never will be a legit reason for this act. There where almost 100 innocent people killed by the black mob, this never got the light of day in the news. Its too bad the first day the military didn't put a quick stop to this disgusting act. The black community never apologized for the unwarranted destruction and death they caused. Why did the media never report the black mobs that dragged whites out of their cars and beat them to death? Why was no one ever charged with murder? You want to talk about poor Rodney King the criminal. What about the women and kids dragged to their deaths in the hands of the black mob!

    April 27, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Will not tolerate this in florida

      This time the results will be much different, all will stand their ground to looting.

      April 27, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  43. CNNTom

    I think this was more about the "have nots" being tired of not having. However, their anger should have been directed as themselves since they are the ones, mostly, responsible for the situation they are in, but in America, you blame someone else for your problems.
    Rodney King was just the catalyst for the rioting.

    April 27, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Rosemary

    Looks to me like the Liberal Media is trying to intimidate any potential jurors, and to manufacture a disaster.

    April 27, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • caesarbc

      At least I'm not the only one who sees this. It is blatantly obvious what they are doing.

      April 27, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  45. panorain

    The technology is much better today. With 3D Technology plus all of the video phones it will be possible to get a much more panaramic view this time. There should be a lot of time to prepare too. Since the trial probably won't be over for another two years. It will be like preparing for the Olympics. And if done right could even prove profitable. Also last time 50 people died. So people should not get so giddy about participating this time around.

    April 27, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  46. pat carr

    More race-baiting from the Cartoon News Network

    April 27, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  47. RF Burns

    The civil unrest in '92 will pale in comparison to what follows a not guilty verdict in the Zimmerman trial.

    April 27, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • whome

      I say shoot the first person who starts anything in Florida. Enough said!!!

      April 27, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
      • Florida Resident

        I get to shoot the second one!!!!!

        April 27, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob Loblaw

      I'm stocking up on ammo due to this "fear", because yes, it WILL happen and local law enforcement will be reeling from race divisions in their own ranks. Sad really...

      April 27, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Burbank

    I was living in L.A. at that time. When it really started to get scary is when the rioting started to spread to Europe about 2 days into it.

    When the riot broke out I was working on a painting about fire. I went to the art store for supplies the next day and mentioned that to the sales clerk. They told me that quite a few artists had come into the store and mentioned that they had been working on art pieces that either had to do with fire or war when the riot started.

    Interesting how psychic intuition works. We all picked up on that in advance of it happening.

    April 27, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  49. TDiddy

    cnn just cannot stop race baiting. cnn's ratings are so low that they have to try and get clicks on the website by getting people to argue online. cnn has turned into a pathetic race baiting, liberal agenda pushing, obama is God, pseudo news organization. I only use the website for quick sports access and to see what silliness they are spewing...

    April 27, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Jeff

    What's the purpose of rekindling the fire?

    April 27, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  51. jose

    20 years and still Rodney King has not been put in jail one day for driving drunk and putting the lives of many in the streets in mortal danger for driving drunk. Why is it that he is ahero again? Plus all these protesters were stealing and distroying their own stores, buildings, cars, neighborhoods in all and they were heroes for doing this? I tell you, I fail to see the pride or justing in these two things: King a hero and protesters defending injustice. what a country this is.

    April 27, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Pertnear

    Why is the media bringing all of this up – a coincidence that the Martin/Zimmerman trial is heating up? This is exactly the kind of press that Sharpton and Jackson want – it is money in their pockets.

    April 27, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • bethy

      It's the 20th anniversary. That's why!

      April 27, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  53. james

    I'd say it is even worse now. The illegal alien population has exploded and they are just looking for an opportunity to steal and riot. The back population is still dis-enfranchised. The cops are even more scared then incompetent than they were 20 years ago. Now we have Charlie Beck who loves law breakers more than he does law abiding citizens. So if it were to happen again it would be even worse and last far longer

    April 27, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  54. MaximumBob

    Saw Reverand Al on with Rodney King (MSNBC?) last night.
    Al said it was a shame that the rioters/looters burned their own neighborhoods down, as if burning other people's neighborhoods was OK. Oh, to have been a sniper during those riots.

    April 27, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • booskoo

      Well, some peoples have never been know for having any intelligence.

      April 27, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • whome

      The stand your own ground law in Florida will take care of these mobs. If you act like animals you should be treated like one.

      April 27, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Denise

    REALLY? The news media can only focus on "yesterday". Are we always going to look behind us? Are we "yesterday people"? Come on Media, lets look at today and tomorrow and not 20 years ago on something that we can't go back in time to fix! Just shaking my head.

    April 27, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • pat carr

      great post. That's what this news media just does. Rehash Rehash, Rehash. Old news.

      April 27, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  56. rudix

    so why the white people did not riot after OJ?? lern

    April 27, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • whome

      White people are smarter than to burn their own neighborhoods down

      April 27, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • just me

      because white people at heart are condtioned sheep. they are the ones who put hittler in power. they love to be told what to do, how to do it ,when to do it, as long as their overlord tell them they are doing it because they are superior, and that they should hate and kill anyone who is diffrent from them. cant help the fact that blacks are a more passionate people. it came through suffering. blacks morn harder, love harder, hate harder, forgive harder, worship and pray harder. too bad most whites dont get black people by now, but why should they? they're lacking a bit of their souls.

      April 27, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
      • lady eh um

        a bit? they haven't any soul. you could never reason with the devil.... the devil hasn't the capacity to do so.

        April 27, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Chuck D

    CNN is using this story to incite violence. The bankers behind the FED who control the mass media have underestimated America's ability to solve problems with peaceful methods.

    Maybe the gov. won't be using it's 500 million hollow point rounds and million coffins soon.

    April 27, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  58. peter martinez

    Hey CNN can you please stop stirring the pot with the racial hatred. You are a big part of the problem.

    April 27, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  59. leila

    Florida better prepare for the worst if Zimmerman is acquitted. Floridians will feel as if they have every excuse to riot. What's more, they will enjoy it much like the Los Angeleans. You better hope Zimmerman is not acquitted just so we can keep the peace.

    April 27, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • MaximumBob

      "Floridians" won't riot, any more than "Californians" rioted in 1992.
      If there is rioting, it will be a specific demographic segment.

      April 27, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • leila

        I disagree....I believe it will give Florida residents just the ammo they need to cause problems. It is already brewing. Yes, across the country....but Florida has a bigger stake in the outcome. Any excuse to destroy, burn, loot, maim, they will believe they can legitimately do so if the case doesn't have the outcome they want. It will happen in every state, but probably more in Florida where Trayvon is from.

        April 27, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cpl Doug USMCR

      I recall walking the south side of Chicago( Roseland), (which was all white, and now is one of the worst ghettos in the country), when the MLK riots erupted, armed with a shotgun, and am armed and ready if the situation arises again.
      Walking ambushes and patrols in Vietnam prepared me well. Always thought that the race issue would resolve during my lifetime, but for naught. Love and Peace did not prevail in the 60's nor will it now. No one has a symposium on tv about the white side of the race issue. I do not plan on repeating white flight again as in the 70"s, and give up my neighborhood to be turned into a ghetto.

      April 27, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • whome

      keep the peace? like the blacks that killed over a 100 innocent people in the L.A riots? is that the peace you want

      April 27, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |