“We were prepared for people to be unhappy, but we couldn't believe our eyes.”

In 1992, Los Angeles police officers were charged–then acquitted–of assaulting Rodney King.

The news sparked riots in the city, and no neighborhood was hit harder than South Central LA.

KJLH was an urban R&B station located on Crenshaw Boulevard, at the heart of the riots.

Karen Slade, the general manager, Eric “Rico” Reed, a DJ, and Arthur “Sonny” Williams, KJLH’s driver, remember what happened during those days.

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KJLH won a Peabody for their coverage of the riots. For more information,
click here.

For more on KJLH and its coverage of the riots, read KJLH-FM and the Los Angeles Riots of 1992 by Dr. Phylis Johnson.

To see the video that led to the assault charges against the LAPD, click here. WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES

Produced by Nadia Reiman
Facilitated by Kevin Oliver. Special thanks to Dr. Phylis Johnson
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