The police officer who was killed was named the following day as Sunderland-born Pc Keith Blakelock, aged 40 and a father of three.
He and his colleague Pc Richard Coombes had been trying to protect fire-fighters tackling a blaze when they were attacked by an angry mob.
Police in riot gear occupied the estate for two months after the riot, using police dogs, helicopters and surveillance equipment.
Three men - Winston Silcott, Engin Raghip and Mark Braithwaite - were convicted of murdering Pc Blakelock in 1987, but cleared on appeal four years later amid claims the evidence in the case may have been fabricated.
Pc Blakelock was posthumously awarded the Queen's Medal for Bravery.
Police in London began a review of his killing in 1999 after pressure from his widow, Elizabeth Johnson.
Detectives are still trying to gather fresh evidence on the murder. In October 2004 the blood-stained, slashed uniform he was wearing was removed from Scotland Yard's Black Museum for DNA testing.
Soon after the riots Labour council leader Bernie Grant was condemned from all sides for saying, "What the police got was a bloody good hiding."