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Smoke rises from a shopping center burned by rioters early Thursday morning Apr. 30, 1992 as the Los Angeles skyline is partially obscured by smoke.
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How Much Do You Remember About the Rodney King Beating and Riots?

Twenty-five years ago, the first viral video captured police brutality and shook the nation.

Twenty-five years ago, a Los Angeles man standing on his apartment balcony shot a video that would upend the city, and the nation, for years to come. The footage, shot on a Sony Handycam, captured the beating of Rodney King, a black laborer between jobs who had been pulled over by police. The video undoubtedly helped fuel the anger behind the 1992 Los Angeles riots — one of the worst moments of racial unrest in American history.

What do you remember?

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