A local TV station has come up with a provocative way to mark the 20th anniversary of the calamitous events sparked by the announcement of a not-guilty verdict for four LAPD officers involved in the beating of Rodney King.
NBC Southern California, driven by the question of how social media might have factored into the 1992 LA riots, has launched a Twitter account that is replicating the events of 20 years ago. As we approach this weekend’s key anniversary date of April 29, here are a few initial samples @RealTimeLARiots:
The only contextual element missing @RealTimeLARiots (so far) is mention of 15-year-old Latasha Harlins. Her shooting death in 1991 in a Korean market two weeks after the King beating – and subsequent probation sentence for the shooter – helped inflame anger in the neighborhoods that erupted on April 29, 1992.