LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MAY 1: Police guard Hollywood Boulevard after the Rodney King incident sparked riots. Photographed May 1, 1992 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Dayna Smith/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

The Los Angeles riots of 1992 came to an end on May 2 of that year, concluding four days of violence that left 53 people dead, thousands more injured, and about a billion dollars in property damage. More than 13,000 national guardsmen were called in to assist police in restoring order to South Central L.A.