Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

STATEMENT: Mayor Garcetti on the 25th anniversary of the 1992 unrest

“The 1992 unrest was one of the most painful moments in the history of Los Angeles — and today we remember those who perished in the violence, honor the heroes who risked everything to help others survive the chaos, and stand with those whose lives were forever changed by the destruction.

Twenty-five years of healing, reconciliation, and reform have shown the world who Angelenos are: a resilient people who remember our past and never give up hope for the future. That’s why this anniversary is about both how far L.A. has come and how far we have to go. We have made historic and lasting reforms to policing — but are still working to build more trust and transparency, to ensure that no one is deprived of equal justice. We have now recovered and exceeded the number of jobs in the city before the unrest — but we’re still fighting hard against poverty and income inequality, so that no communities are excluded from economic prosperity.  

Today, let us recommit ourselves to the work of continuing to build bridges — to opportunity, to equality, and most importantly, to each other." — Mayor Eric Garcetti