LA 92 reexamines the events surrounding the trial and verdict from “a multitude of vantage points, bringing a fresh perspective to a pivotal moment that reverberates to this day.” The film forgoes narration, allowing original broadcast news footage, radio reports, police files and personal home videos to tell the story.
“The parallels between the racially charged climate of Los Angeles in 1992 and more recent occurrences of racial injustice demands our attention,” said Tim Pastore, president of original programming and production for National Geographic. “We hope this film will encourage reflection and debate as the country wrestles with these very real and very relevant conflicts.”
In 1991, video captured four Los Angeles police officers beating an unarmed man, Rodney King, following a high-speed chase. The officers were brought to trial in 1992, but acquitted, sparking rioting and a national debate about race relations and the use of police force that continues to this day. King was found dead in his swimming pool in 2012.
LA 92 premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, followed by a limited theatrical release and TV premiere on National Geographic on April 30, which marked the 25th anniversary of the verdict. The film will eventually be shown in 171 countries and 45 languages.
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