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04/29/2015 06:31 pm ET Updated May 06, 2015

Remembering The 1992 LA Riots Over 2 Decades Later

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Freddie Gray, 25, died earlier this month while in police custody due to injuries he sustained during an arrest. His passing prompted protest against police brutality in his home city of Baltimore, where unrest exploded into structure fires and looting Monday night. But Baltimore isn't the only American city that's seen violent April riots.

Twenty-three years ago, the streets of South Los Angeles also broke into chaos. April 29, 1992 was the day an LA court announced a not-guilty verdict for four officers who had been on trial for the brutal beating of Rodney King -- an incident that was caught on film.

Also captured on video was the rampant violence that followed news of the verdict. The city would descend into what reporter Linda Deutsch remembers as a "war zone." Over four days, 53 people died, thousands more were injured and many more were arrested as fires burned throughout the city.

Not to mention a billion dollars in damage and unquantifiable distrust intensified between residents and law enforcement. Video footage and images of the infamous uprising have burned themselves into the cultural memory of the city, for those who live there and those who don't.

Whether you remember the LA riots of '92 or not, these images are a testament to a continuing history of protest against police brutality in America.

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