The L.A. Riots were an event occurring in Los Angeles in 1992.
Rodney King was beat up by police on March 3rd, 1991. The incident was videotaped and the officers were charged. However despite the overwhelming evidence the cops were released. People upset by this began rioting.
Although protest erupted around the country non were more violent and bloody then in L.A. they lasted for nearly a week and killed fifty three people. Thousands more were rounded and businesses were looted all day long. Realizing the situation had gotten out of hand the National Guard were called in as part of an effort by Law Enforcement to Stop the Rioting.