John Ridley is directing and producing a documentary about the racial tensions and riots in L.A. following the Rodney King verdict

By Rachel DeSantis
February 28, 2017 at 11:02 AM EST
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Academy Award winner John Ridley’s Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992 will premiere Friday, April 28 on ABC, the network announced Tuesday.

Directed and produced by the Academy Award winner, Let It Fall is a documentary about the racial tensions and riots in L.A. following the Rodney King verdict.

The two-hour project will air one day before the 25th anniversary of the verdict, which found four LAPD officer acquitted in the violent beating of King, and sparked a massive uprising in the African-American community that left more than 50 people dead.

The film will delve into “the roots of the civil unrest to a decade before the uprising,” according to a press release. Footage will include exclusive interviews with eyewitnesses and those directly involved.

Ridley won a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar in 2014 for 12 Years a Slave, and is currently the creator, director, and executive producer of ABC’s American Crime.

Let It Fall will premiere Friday, April 28 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.

 

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