Daily Archive: April 26, 2012


The '92 riot: Revisiting a dark day in LA history

by Amy Taxin Associated Press Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Henry Keith Watson remembers April 29, 1992, as if it happened just last week. History won’t allow him to forget it. It was a day that marked the beginning of one of the deadliest, most destructive race riots in the nation’s history, and one in which Watson’s spur-of-the-moment decision to take part made him one of the enduring faces of the violence. DEADLY ANNIVERSARY–On April 13, Rodney King poses for a portrait in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles) He was at home that day like thousands of others when he heard the news that was racing across Los Angeles: A jury with no Black members had acquitted four police officers in the videotaped beating of Rodney King, a Black man stopped for speeding nearly 14 months before.