ABC News is collaborating with John Ridley (12 Years a Slave, American Crime) on the Academy Award-winning director’s first documentary feature exploring the 1992 Los Angeles uprising.
The two-hour film is due for release in the spring of 2017.
Titled Let It Fall: LA 1982 – 1992, the film revisits the highly publicized case of Rodney King – an African American taxi driver who was tasered, tackled and brutally beaten by four white LAPD officers in March, 1992. The officers’ subsequent acquittal by a disproportionately white jury, despite videotaped evidence of the officers’ misconduct, provoked violence in the streets of L.A., which, in turn, was met by militarized efforts by municipal forces to control the uprising.
Let It Fall frames this chapter of the city’s history by looking at L.A.’s mounting racial tensions in the decade leading up to the Rodney King case. It also features interviews with the people who were directly involved in the uprising, including individuals from L.A.’s black, white, Hispanic, Korean and Japanese-American communities, as well as police commanders, patrolmen and members of city government.
The doc is scheduled to air on the 25th anniversary of the uprising, which unfolded in April, 1992.
Ridley produced Let It Fall with a team of veteran ABC News journalists. The ABC team was led by Jeanmarie Condon, a DuPont, Peabody, Murrow and Emmy Award-winning executive producer.
“Unlike many of us, there are some at the center of the Los Angeles uprising who cannot move on from the events of nearly 25 years ago,” said Ridley in a statement. “As we all still live with a number of the same issues that led to the uprising, they still live with a single event. What those individuals recall, and what they survived, urgently needs to be expressed.”