Does anyone else have personal experiences/memories from the '92 LA riots?
I recall watching the fires on the news that 1st evening, and waiting for the phone call. I was in the California Natl Guard at the time and got the call on day 2 of the riots. I remember getting a CHP escort for about the last 30 miles to my unit. I got pulled over doing 85 on near los banos on my way to my unit in Hollister. When the officer saw my uniform he asked where I was headed without asking for my license.
He asked me if I was OK keeping it at 70 over Pacheco Pass, then said he'd lead the way, and then gave me an escort for the next 25 minutes or so.
3 hours later my unit was on the road, and early the next morning we arrived in LA. It was creepy as hell with deserted freeways and streets, and smoke everywhere. We picked up riot gear across the street from the a police station, where there were police snipers on the roof, and sandbags & barbed-wire coils keeping a 2-block perimeter closed off around police station. the 20-yr anniversary really brought back memories.