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April 27, 2012
 

Photo Essay: 1992 Los Angeles Riots, A Retrospective

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spent the morning reading about the 20th anniversary of the 1992 Los Angeles Riots, which is today April 29, and thinking about how best to  remember it here on DoNY. Then I stumbled upon the powerful riot photographs of ATOMIC Hot Links, on Flickr. He has a few dozen photos of it in fantastic photo set there. These are 24 of my favorites, but definitely visit his feed to see the rest of his photos as a slideshow. In that format, they are even more powerful.

These photos make me feel sad. The burnt car carcasses remind me of bodies. Although there is no comparison between the two, I find the charred cars revolting. What do the photos make you feel? And more importantly, how far do you think America has come with police brutality since then?



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Kelly Virella
Kelly Virella lives in an East Harlem walk-up with her husband, her bicycle and her books. She's worked as a journalist for 11 years and started this website during the summer of 2011. She fell in love with New York City during her first visit here as a 16-year-old and finally made good on her promise to move here in April 2010.



 
 

 
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