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Los Angeles City Councilman David RyuIn an unscheduled moment Saturday at another event at a Koreatown church, Los Angeles City Councilman David Ryu enthusiastically dragged a man by his arm up to the stage.

(Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)On the afternoon of April 29, 1992, a jury in Ventura County acquitted four white Los Angeles police officers in the beating of Rodney King, a black motorist, after a high-speed pursuit.

“In some ways we are much better and stronger, more resilient,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti told the audience.

Still, he said, Los Angeles’ progress in the last 25 years points to the city’s resilience.

AdvertisementKieja Kim, president of the Victor Valley Korean American Assn., wasn’t in Los Angeles during the riots, but she came Saturday to show solidarity and support.

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