1993 Photo Contest, Spot News, 3rd prize

Kirk McKoy

Los Angeles Times

29 April, 1992

A fire blazes on the first night of the riots. The acquittal of four police officers whose assault on black motorist Rodney King was watched on TV by millions, sparked off mass looting and rioting. The disturbances claimed 58 lives and many buildings were destroyed by fire.

About the photographer

Kirk McKoy

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