They also explained the beating of Rodney King by police officers and the acquittal verdict that sparked the riots.
Los Angeles City Council members and others on Friday marked the 25 years since the Los Angeles Riots by organizing events meant to display what organizers called a "cross-cultural display of unity" at City Hall.
Which is why we decided take a look back at the series of events that began with King's beating, and ended with him winning $3.8 million in a civil suit, through the lens of various rappers who've made Rodney King references or songs inspired his story.
The statement - written by representatives of the Anti-Defamation League, the Los Angeles Police Department, and Korean-American and African-American organizations - denounced hatred and xenophobia. George Holliday videotapes the beating from his apartment balcony. After Holliday turns over the video to a local TV station, it quickly spreads and creates global outrage.
- April 29, 1992 - After seven days of deliberations, jurors acquit the officers of nearly all charges, deadlocking on one assault count involving Powell. Mayor Tom Bradley declares a state of emergency, and Governor Pete Wilson calls in National Guard troops.
- March 21, 1991 - The four - Sgt. Stacey Koon and officers Theodore Briseno, Laurence Powell and Timothy Wind - plead not guilty.
- June 28, 1992 - Police Chief Daryl Gates, under intense public pressure since the King beating to resign, retires from the LAPD after 43 years, the last 14 as chief.
August 4, 1992 - A federal grand jury returns indictments against Koon, Powell, Wind, and Briseno on the charge of violating the civil rights of King. Wind and Briseno are found not guilty.
April 19, 1994 - The US District Court in Los Angeles awards King $3.8 million in compensatory damages in a civil lawsuit against the City of Los Angeles.
- August 4, 1994 - Powell and Koon are sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison.
June 17, 2012 • King, 47, is found dead in the swimming pool of his home in Rialto, Calif. Cause of death is ruled a drowning.