LOS ANGELES- Both men are Black. There are two major urban areas. Disturbing footage twice! Two contrasting decisions.

After four Los Angeles police officers were accused of beating a motorist named Rodney King in 1991 and were ultimately found not guilty by a state court, the city descended into one of the greatest racial upheavals in U.S. history.

Flashpoint of 1992 LA Riots Becomes a Place of Celebration

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Derek Chauvin, a former police officer for the Minneapolis Police Department, was found guilty of first-degree murder and manslaughter on Tuesday. Both celebration and mourning were seen around the country, but none more so than at a notorious crossroads in South Los Angeles.

The intersection of Florence and Normandie avenues holds a special place in Los Angeles’s past. The week after next will mark 29 years since the King verdict caused the crossroads to become a hotspot for violence.

After the verdict was announced, a group of black men took white truck driver Reginald Denny out to the intersection and beat him nearly to death. The attack on Denny was shown live, and he managed to escape.

As the city burnt, the revolt grew. Many stores were broken into and destroyed. Buildings on several city blocks were destroyed by the fire. Over sixty persons were killed as a result of gunfire and other violence.

But on Tuesday, after Chauvin’s guilty conviction, the crossroads became a scene of joy. Several dozens of individuals of various races gathered to applaud the jury’s judgement and demand further accountability.

On the corner, a black man wearing a Lakers cap danced while yelling, “Get used to this, get used to justice!”

Protesters brandished banners and Black Lives Matter flags as motorists drove by honking their horns. Tacos and live music filled the air.

52-year-old Sherri Burks said, “Justice has been done,” and a passing man chimed in, “finally!”

Burks recalls the events that happened in 1992 because he lives near Florence and Normandie.


She Claimed, “I was Right here.” Everything is on Fire and Shops are being Looted.

Pasadena resident Randy Dulaney, age 62, resided close to the crossroads. While in town Tuesday to see an aunt, he couldn’t resist stopping by the crossroads to “send love back to the neighbourhood” and join in the festivities.

We have more authority now,” Dulaney added. He was donning a cap with the words “I can’t breathe” embroidered on it and a T-shirt honouring the life and legacy of the late U.S. congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis.

On Tuesday, 69-year-old Joyce Robertson stood on the sidewalk with her arm raised in the air while cars drove by and honked their approval.

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How Many Decades Ago was it that I was Standing on this Very Corner?” she Asked.

However, Robertson stressed that more has to be done. She drew parallels between the police’s treatment of Black men then and how they treat them now, 30 years later.

“It’s a different time, but it’s really comparable situations,” she remarked. They don’t understand it at all.