From NBC Los Angeles: Henry Watson was part an event that provided some of the most violent images from the 1992 Los Angeles riots — the beating of trucker Reginald Denny after the jury’s verdict was announced in the Rodney King beating trial.

“After the verdict was read and it was not guilty, I mean it was just shock and disbelief,” Watson told NBC4. “I mean it was a slap in the face. It was like, ‘Wow.’”

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The shock quickly turned to anger, with images of violence playing out on live television. It was a moment for which community leaders had planned, but were not prepared to deal with.

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