Feature-Length Documentary ‘Let It Fall: LA 1982-1992’ Premieres April 28 on ABC


One of the interviewees recalls losing her son in the violence that swept the city.


Academy Award winner John Ridley has teamed up with ABC News’ Lincoln Square Productions to produce a feature-length documentary titled “Let It Fall: LA 1982-1992,” about the Los Angeles uprising of April 1992.

The two-hour documentary is scheduled to air on ABC on April 28, pegged to the 25th anniversary of the rioting, looting and gun violence that unfolded after the verdict in the Rodney King case.

The gripping documentary begins a decade before the Rodney King Riots and unspools the stories of individuals caught up in growing tension. It features interviews with people from the diverse communities who came to be involved: black, white, Hispanic, Korean and Japanese Americans, as well as police commanders, patrolmen and members of city government.

“With many of the films I’ve been a part of, I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to take the past and make it present,” says Ridley. “For me, the documentary space is about allowing people who have lived history to tell their stories in their voices.”

Ridley is collaborating with a team of veteran ABC News journalists, led by executive producer Jeanmarie Condon, who has won multiple DuPont, Peabod