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L.A. Riots: 20 Years Later

Law Enforcement Before, After L.A. Riots

ATVN's Jillian Angeline looks at how the L.A. riots led to many changes within the L.A.P.D. and their operations.

Driving through South Los Angeles last week, Deputy Chief Patrick Gannon pointed out buildings he saw looted and burned 20 years ago, where he thought gunmen began shooting at him and the intersection where the LA riots began.

The riots provoked Gannon to create communication with communities and the Los Angeles Police Department to train officers in proactive and reactive plans.

“Everybody in the city family is locked together to try and make sure we don’t make the same mistakes we made in 1992,” he said.

Gannon helped coordinate responses from the South LA 77th Street police station on Apr. 29, 1992. The then-sergeant had been at the LAPD for 14 years when the riots began. He had always felt the police were part of the solution to any problem.

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