Twitter Account Follows L.A. Riots in Real Time

Two decades after the Rodney King trial and the resulting riots, an NBC affiliate station is using social media to bring the events back to life. 

Posted: 04/26/2012 11:13 AM EDT
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Twenty years ago this week, a jury in Los Angeles began deliberations in the controversial Rodney King beating trial. After the verdict was read on April 29, 1992, acquitting three of the four officers involved, the city’s mounting racial tensions erupted into some of the most violent and destructive riots in history.

NBC’s local Los Angeles affiliate station KNBC has brought the riots and the surrounding events to life on Twitter. The station asks the timely question, "How would social media help tell the story of Rodney King and the Los Angeles Riots?"

The account @RealTimeLARiots features tweets that correspond to the actual date and time of each major event as it unfolded back in 1992.

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