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Saturday, October 10, 2015

VINTAGE LAPD: 1992 RODNEY KING RIOTS

In the above LA Times photo taken during the height of the 1992 Rodney King riots, an Exposition Park State Department of Public Safety officer assits an LAPD officer to make an arrest.
 
I was shot at and in more physical confrontations in those five days of rioting than the rest of my thirty-five year LAPD career put together. In one specific event, I vividly remember clamboring up a ladder behind an LA fireman, acting as a human shield to protect him from snipers (I had a bulletproof vest, he didn't), as he deployed his fire hose on a burning building.
 
Crazy days, riding three to a patrol unit, twelve to sixteen hour shifts, being unable to stop the looting of stores due to the sheer number of angry looters, trying to deal with scared Asian shop owners shooting at looters from the roofs of their businesses to keep them away, and on and on...
 
Thx to Chris James

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