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A CITY IN CRISIS : Days of Devastation in the City . . .

May 03, 1992|LESLIE BERGER

L. More than a dozen businesses centered along Sunset and Santa Monica boulevards are looted in the communities of Silver Lake, Echo Park and East Hollywood. Included are two Radio Shacks, a Circuit City, Crown Books and several family-owned markets and convenience stores. A Payless shoe store at the corner of Vermont Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard burned to the ground.


M. (Roughly bounded by La Cienega Boulevard, the Santa Monica Freeway and Mulholland Drive): A mini-mall including a Radio Shack and Baskin-Robbins was gutted at La Cienega and Pico Boulevards. Another blaze destroyed Albee's electronics store at Pico and Fairfax Avenue, as well as a string of Indian shops there. The Fedco at La Cienega and Rodeo Boulevards also was razed. A Vons supermarket at Fairfax and Pico is looted, as are a Kids R Us and a Circuit City at La Cienega Boulevard and 18th Street, and a Big 5 sporting goods store at Wilshire and San Vicente. Sporadic looting occurred in Westwood, Santa Monica and Venice.


N. The valley suffered comparatively limited violence, looting and damage. The brunt of rioting occurred Wednesday night and was aimed at the Foothill Division police station in Pacoima, where the four officers who beat King were assigned. About 200 to 300 demonstrators gathered at Hansen Dam Park in Lake View Terrace, near where King was beaten, and grew increasingly rowdy, throwing rocks and bottles at passing motorists. The crowd then moved to the Foothill station for a tense but largely nonviolent confrontation with police in riot gear. On Friday, a bomb threat forced the evacuation of the Foothill station and National Guard troops were deployed in the valley to protect that station, as well as area shopping malls. On Thursday night, a roving crowd of 200 broke windows and looted stores in Panorama City, Lake View Terrace, Pacoima, Arleta and Sylmar. A 15-year-old was killed in a drive-by shooting in Mission Hills on Wednesday in an incident that coroner's officials linked to the citywide racial unrest. Two police officers and a Times reporter were among 17 reportedly injured. At least 675 arrests were reported--the vast majority for curfew violations. But one of those arrested was a 36-year-old Northridge resident charged with phoning in the bomb threat to the Foothill station. The man allegedly called using the 911 emergency line, which displayed his address.

For the Record
Los Angeles Times Monday May 4, 1992 Home Edition Metro Part B Page 3 Column 6 Metro Desk 2 inches; 45 words Type of Material: Correction
Riot damage--The Times erroneously reported Sunday that the landmark Consumers Drug Stores building in Hollywood, at the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Hudson Avenue, had burned to the ground in last week's riots. The drugstore suffered vandalism and looting, but it was not set afire and plans to reopen for business.

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