Showtime Slots L.A. Riots Doc ‘Burn Motherf*cker Burn!’ for April 21

LAPD chief Charlie Beck among those who speak in the film

Showtime premieres the documentary Burn Motherf*cker Burn!, a close-up of a clash between the LAPD and Los Angeles residents in 1992, on Friday, April 21. The documentary runs 90 minutes and is produced and directed by Sacha Jenkins. 

Burn Motherf*cker Burn! begins by exploring the complicated relationship between the Los Angeles Police Department and the city’s minority communities, including the 1962 ransacking of a Los Angeles Nation of Islam mosque and the 1965 Watts riots. The story continues with the rise of L.A. street gangs in the 1970s and 80s and the Rodney King beating in 1991. 

On April 29, 1992, four LAPD officers were acquitted by a Simi Valley jury on charges of assault, lighting the fuse for the uprising that lasted for days.