17th anniversary of Los Angeles riots

LOS ANGELES During the riots, fires erupted across the city and people looted businesses after four Los Angeles police officers were acquitted in the beating of /*Rodney King*/.

A highly intoxicated King led officers on a high speed chase March 3, 1991 that ended with King beaten, kicked and Tasered. It was all caught on video by an eyewitness and ignited outrage across the country and the world.

The /*Korean American Coalition*/ is hosting a candlelight vigil to commemorate the 1992 riots.

The Koreatown area was one of the hardest hit as looters burned shops and cleaned out Korean-owned businesses.

Organizers say one goal of the vigil is to educate younger Korean Americans about the hardships the older generation has experienced.

More than 50 people lost their lives during the riots. And, damage totaled in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

On the third day of the rioting, King issued his plea, "People, I just want to say, you know, can we all get along?"

In 1993, King's lawsuit against the City of Los Angeles, which stemmed from the beating, was settled for $3.8 million. King claims most of the money went to legal fees.


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