Thirty-four people were killed, one thousand people were wounded, and $50 million in property damage occured over a six-day period during a race riot in the Watts section of Los Angeles. The riot was sparked by the arrest of a black driver by a white police officer.
Four white police officers on trial in Los Angeles for the brutal videotaped beating of an African American man, Rodney King, received verdicts in the case. One was convicted of excessive force and the other three were cleared of all charges. The verdicts prompted three days of riots throughout Los Angeles, during which more than fifty people were killed, four thousand injured, and twelve thousand arrested.