Scenes From the 1992 L.A. Riots — and How These Spots Have Changed 25 Years Later

Scenes From the 1992 L.A. Riots — and How These Spots Have Changed 25 Years Later

For some, the riots materialized at a distance: a television newscast that could no longer be ignored, or columns of smoke that began rising on the horizon. For others, they began brutally: with a punch in the face or a kick to the head. And for far too many, the awareness that something was deeply wrong dawned not on April 29, 1992, but much earlier. The riots divided Los Angeles, and a quarter of a century after the fires were finally put out, the outline of the damage is still there. The city is still too divided. But the riots also united some communities. And by revisiting what happened 25 years ago, all of Los Angeles might find more common ground. Photos by Ted Soqui.

Read our oral history of the L.A. riots, in which 10 Angelenos revisit what they witnessed that day.


For some, the riots materialized at a distance: a television newscast that could no longer be ignored, or columns of smoke that began rising on the horizon. For others, they began brutally: with a punch in the face or a kick to the head. And for far too many, the awareness that something was deeply wrong dawned not on April 29, 1992, but much earlier. The riots divided Los Angeles, and a quarter of a century after the fires were finally put out, the outline of the damage is still there. The city is still too divided. But the riots also united some communities. And by revisiting what happened 25 years ago, all of Los Angeles might find more common ground. Photos by Ted Soqui.

Read our oral history of the L.A. riots, in which 10 Angelenos revisit what they witnessed that day.
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