L.A. RIOTS PICTURE SPECIAL: Two decades on, the most graphic images of gunfights, looting and a city going up in flames
By Phil Vinter
PUBLISHED: 07:45 EST, 26 April 2012 | UPDATED: 18:55 EST, 26 April 2012
This Sunday marks the 20th anniversary of the night when chaos broke out in Los Angeles.
Angered by the acquittal of three white and one Hispanic police officers who had been filmed beating black motorist Rodney King rioting erupted across the city.
When the flames had died down six days later 55 people had died, 2,300 had been injured and more than 1,500 buildings were left damaged or destroyed.
Ahead of the commemorations Reuters have put out a series of dramatic images which tell the story of the days LA was torn apart.Businesses continue to burn out of control during the third day of the Los Angeles Riots, in Koreatown
many more photos at the above link