Four Survival Lessons From The 1992 LA Riots!
The riots in Los Angeles in 1992, following the infamous Rodney King police use-of-force trial, put us all on notice as to the powder keg we’re living in.
A single court case is enough to send hundreds, even thousands of people into the street looking for violent payback.
And a truck driver Reginald Denny found out during those riots, if you’re in the wrong place at the wrong time wearing the wrong skin color, you could end up beaten within inches of losing your life.
That’s what happened when Denny, a construction truck driver, was nearly beaten to death by four men whose assault was captured by a news helicopter.
Denny learned a powerful lesson that day about how vulnerable he was to attack.
So what can WE learn from the 1992 riots about how to handle sudden mob violence?
Well, I asked Scott Reitz (an LA police officer on the scene during the riot!) about lessons he learned from the encounter and below is my synopsis of what he told me…
Anyone who was there will tell you that the riots took everybody by surprise in ’92.
Remember, this was in an era before social media and smartphones.
It took only hours from the time the verdict was read for Los Angeles to explode into civil unrest and violence.
It was literally overwhelming.
There were fires everywhere.
It was other-worldly.
Remember these riot survival lessons!
Riot Survival Lesson One: When The Rules Are Off, People Will Do Anything
The first thing we can take away from those riots is that when people feel the social mores and rules they obey don’t apply, they will do ANYTHING.
That includes dragging a man out of his truck and beating him nearly to death… just for being white.
If you’re the wrong color in the wrong place at the wrong time, you could DIE, even though you’ve done nothing.
A riot turns your neighbors into MONSTERS who will commit almost any act.