VIDEO: AJC photographer on anniversary of Atlanta Rodney King riots 

It’s been 25 years since the Los Angeles Police Department officers who beat Rodney King walked free after they were acquitted. 

When the court failed to reach a verdict on the charges of assault with a deadly weapon and use of excessive force, riots erupted across the country. 

In the video above, former AJC staff photographer, W.A. Bridges, discusses what it was like photographing the riots in Atlanta in the days after the acquittal. 

“Everyone thought that when these trials came, these guys we’re going to get some time for it,” Bridges said. “But when they got off, everyone just erupted.” 

From the archive: AJC photos from Atlanta Rodney King riots 

May 1, 1992: Someone tries to use a fire extinguisher on an overturned car set afire by demonstrators in the rioting after the Rodney King trial verdict. (W.A. Bridges Jr/AJC staff) 1992
Photo: W. A. BRIDGES JR.
April 30, 1992: Atlanta Police Officer J.E. Price takes down information on one of the overturned cars in downtown Atlanta. (Renee' Hannans/AJC staff)
April 30, 1992: Atlanta Police and S.W.A.T. team members arrest looters at a clothing store at Little Five Points during a riot in reaction to the Rodney King verdict. (W.A. Bridges Jr/AJC staff)
Photo: W.A. Bridges Jr
May 1, 1992: A lone student runs across the campus grounds of Clark-Atlanta University as the tear gas cannister explodes in an attempt to disperse crowds of students. (W.A. Bridges Jr/AJC staff)
Photo: W. A. BRIDGES JR.

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