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Dramatic L.A. Riots Photos

Looters, arson, gunfire in the streets—for six days, Los Angeles was in the grip of riots. See photos.

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A rioter breaks a glass door of the Criminal Courts building, downtown Los Angeles, after a jury acquitted four police officers accused of beating Rodney King.

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Truck driver Reginald Denny, a 33-year-old white man who happened to be taking a shortcut off the Santa Monica Freeway, was pulled from the cab of his truck and beaten nearly to death by black assailants. Journalist Bob Tur captured the beating live from his news helicopter. Denny survived, though his skull was fractured in 91 places by a cinderblock. 

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Man on bicycle near burning building. April 30, 1992.

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Paramedics attend to Mark Lee Tool on the street after he was shot and beaten. Tool attended a peaceful demonstration at City Hall against the acquittal of four Los Angeles police officers when the event turned violent.

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An unidentified man runs down Vermont Street in Los Angeles on Thursday, April 30, 1992, with electronic appliances taken from a 3rd Street store. 

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Looters mill in the parking lot of the ABC Market in South Central Los Angeles on Wednesday, April 30, 1992, as violence continued following the verdicts in the Rodney King assault case.

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A man removes a couch from a store in South Central Los Angeles in this April 30, 1992 file photo, as looting and rioting continued throughout the area. 

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A California Highway Patrol officer stands guard at Ninth Street and Vermont Avenue in Los Angeles as smoke rises from a fire further down the street, April 30, 1992. 

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Two Korean men stand on the roof of a grocery store with rifles to prevent looters from entering the store in this file photo taken April 30, 1992, in Los Angeles. 

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A Korean man carries an automatic weapon to prevent looters from entering a grocery store in Los Angeles, Thursday, April 30, 1992. 

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After the riots and the looting, private armed security guards were employed at several Los Angeles businesses. 

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Los Angeles Fire Department trucks line up in a staging area near 109th and Normandie Streets in South Central Los Angeles, Friday, May 1, 1992.

Members of the California National Guard get organized at the Coliseum in Los Angeles, Friday, May 1, 1992 before heading out to the streets. The Guard was called to duty to help stop fires and looting.

A convoy of U.S. Marines from Camp Pendleton in San Diego County, right, make their way to the Tustin U.S. Marine Corps Air Station in Tustin, California, Friday, May 1, 1992 as President George Bush ordered military units from the Army and the Marines to stand ready to help the police and the National Guard to restore order in Los Angeles. Civilian traffic on the road near the air station was stopped while convoy moved through. 

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Military troops arrive in Los Angeles.

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A businessman holds his hand to his head as the store he owns burns down across the street from him during the Los Angeles Riots in the ealy morning hours of April 30, 1992. 

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A Los Angeles police officer takes aim at a looter in a market at Alvarado and Beverly Boulevard in Los Angeles, April 30, 1992, during the second night of rioting.

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April 30, 1992

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April 30, 1992

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Several area residents attempt to put out a fire in a mostly Hispanic area of Los Angeles.

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April 30, 1992

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May 6, 1992