Daily Archives: April 29, 2012

Angry rioters in LA beat truck driver Reginald Denny 20 years ago this hour (1992)

(Wednesday, April 29, 1992, 6:46 p.m. PDT) — Reginald Oliver Denny, a white truck driver who stopped at a traffic light in Los Angeles, was dragged from his vehicle and severely beaten tonight by a mob of local black residents as news helicopters hovered above, recording every blow, including a concrete fragment connecting with Denny’s temple and a cinder block thrown at his head as he lay unconscious in the street.

Deadly rioting had erupted in Los Angeles after a jury in Simi Valley today acquitted four Los Angeles police officers this afternoon of almost all state charges in the videotaped beating of Rodney King.

Rioters set fires, loot stores in LA following Rodney King beating verdict 20 years ago this hour (1992)


Video: 'WNBC 4 New York - Coverage of the Los Angeles Riots (April 29, 1992)'

(Wednesday, April 29, 1992, 3:45 p.m. PDT) — Deadly rioting erupted in Los Angeles today after a jury in Simi Valley (at 3:15 p.m. PDT) acquitted three white and one Hispanic Los Angeles police officers of almost all state charges in the videotaped beating of black motorist Rodney King.

The rioting would last for six days, resulting in 53 deaths, nearly 3,000 injuries and more than $1 billion in damages.