Los Angeles Riots before and after: a photo gallery

By Alex A. Alonso
Streetgangs.com Staff Writer
April 23, 2012 | 1:45 p.m. PST

In 1992, I had a front row seat during the Los Angeles Uprising so I pulled out my Olympus 35mm camera and shot some pics. I shot a couple rolls of the destruction that I witnessed first hand, and visited some other neighborhoods. Five years later in 1997 I went back to the same areas and captured photos from the same locations to see the change and development.

This week I went to the same locations to see what if anything has changed during the last 2 decades. The video below shows some of the before and after, but the new photos of 2012 are not included.


Read a report on RLA non-profit organization that was designed to rebuild the City of Los Angeles within five years after the riots.


Alex Alonso is an author, film maker, founder of Streetgangs.com, and a criminal trial consultant. He is also a contributing author in the book Black Los Angeles: American Dreams Racial Realities (New York University Press). He can be reached via email, toll free at 800-249-1324 or on Twitter.

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1 Comment for “Los Angeles Riots before and after: a photo gallery”

  1. Dan

    What a shame!! How can these beasts live like this?

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