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For the mission in GTA Vice City, see Riot (GTA Vice City).

Sweet: "Ain't nobody gonna be riotin' in my hood!"
Cesar: "I don't know about that, holmes. Look. The whole city is going up. People are fucking pissed off about this."
―Sweet Johnson and Cesar Vialpando discussing the repercussions of Frank Tenpenny's acquital

Riot is a mission in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas that protagonist Carl Johnson performs independently at Madd Dogg's Crib in Mulholland, Los Santos, San Andreas.


Frank Tenpenny, along with Eddie Pulaski, has finally been charged with racketeering, corruption, narcotics and sexual assault. The whole gang, composed of Carl, Cesar, The Truth, Kendl, Maccer, Sweet and Madd Dogg, are gathered in Dogg's living room, watching the news coverage of the trial. Whilst the reported is being aired, Sweet claims that Tenpenny will get 20 years, but Cesar disagrees, claiming that police officers usually get off lightly in the justice system. In the background, the report mentions retracted witness statements and the disappearance of officer Jimmy Hernandez and Pulaski, who is believed to be on the run. A few moments later, the reporters exit the courtroom and Tenpenny's lawyer reads out a statement revealing that the district attorney has cleared Tenpenny of all charges due to a lack of evidence, essentially allowing Tenpenny to walk away a free man and to continue his unlawful actions with the support of the LSPD behind him.

Tenpenny's acquittal causes public outrage and the city erupts into rioting. Sweet is determined that there will be no rioting in Grove Street and asks Carl to take him back. Carl and Sweet drive through Los Santos, avoiding the rioting that has erupted around them. Once back in Grove Street, Sweet plans to "lock down the hood", while Carl says he is going to explore the city and see what is going on.

Mission Objectives

In order to complete the mission the player must:

  • Drive back to Grove Street


There is no reward for this mission, though the mission Los Desperados is unlocked.


Madd Dogg's Crib. Carl, Kendl, Sweet, Cesar, Madd Dogg, Maccer and The Truth are watching the news on television.
Carl: Hey, be quiet, be quiet.
Maccer: C'mon you bunch of wankers, this is unbearable!
Carl: Man, shut up!
Reporter: Officers Eddie Pulaski and Frank Tenpenny, both hard-working members of a community policing unit, have been charged with racketeering, corruption, narcotics and sexual assault.
Kendl: They brought it on themselves.
The Truth: That bastard cost me my farm. And he hogged the bong.
Reporter: ...conspired to kill fellow officer Ralph Pendelbury, who had threatened to turn state's evidence, and who was then found shot dead in a supposedly unrelated gang incident...
Sweet: I'd say 20 years.
Cesar: Try five years. Cops always get off easy.
Kendl: Yeah, I heard that.
Reporter: ..retracted witness statements, and now the disappearance of fellow officer Jimmy Hernandez, and Officer Pulaski himself, believed to be on the run...Oh wait, they're exiting the courtroom now!
Kendl: That bastard Pulaski will probably turn up dead, just like the rest of them.
Carl: Listen, listen.
Lawyer: ...of the lack of evidence against my client, the district attorney's office has seen fit to drop all charges...
Sweet: What?!
Kendl: That's bullshit.
The Truth: You see? You can't trust the system, man!
Reporter: ...surprise decision is wholly unprecedented...
Sweet: Oh man, there just ain't no justice! It's just us!
Maccer: I know, I've been arrested numerous times for totally natural behavior!
Reporter: ...Los Santos will burn tonight!
Sweet: Ain't nobody gonna be rioting in my hood!
Cesar moves to the window and the group follow him.
Cesar: I don't know about that holmes. Look. The whole city is going up. People are fucking pissed off about this.
Carl: People don't know what they want. We're all being used.
The Truth: You see, man? It's always the same, friend. Power systems corrupt everyone.
Sweet: Look, I say we go secure the hood, we ain't getting shit together so some idiot can burn it down.
Carl and Sweet leave the mansion and head towards Sweet's car.
Carl: Shit's real fucked up, man.
Sweet: Yeah, but we gonna handle this ourselves.
Carl and Sweet get in the car and drive to Grove Street.
Sweet: There ain't no justice, man. How does scum like Tenpenny stay on the streets?
Carl: Man, I dunno, just the way shit stacked I guess.
Sweet: Man this is fucked up. We should take that bastard down ourselves.
Carl: And we will Sweet.
Sweet: So who's the weird Brit?
Carl: What? Oh, Maccer! He got a little problem he can't control.
Sweet: What kind of problem?
Carl: He can't stop, you know, giving himself a little bit.
Sweet: What, you mean he likes to consult Professor Hans Jerkov?
Carl: Yeah, regularly.
Sweet: Spank the monkey?
Carl: Yeah!
Sweet: Take Palm-ela out?
Carl: Quit it!
Sweet: Burp the worm?
Carl: Enough, man!
Carl and Sweet drive through Downtown Los Santos.
Carl: Shit, look at this place, even old ladies robbing shit!
Sweet: I guess it's better than staying home and watching the shopping channel.
Carl: Yeah, go out there and get yourself a bargain!
Carl and Sweet drive through Glen Park.
Carl: Shit man, people real mad! Tenpenny's responsible for ALL of this. As if the ghetto ain't wrecked enough. Come tomorrow, most of the Central's gonna have new TVs.
Sweet: Look at them, like angry kids or some shit! They just tearing up their own neighborhoods! Nothing good is gonna come of this.
Carl and Sweet drive through Idlewood.
Sweet: Everything's burning. Put your foot down! Man, the ghetto's tearing itself apart!
Carl and Sweet arrive at Sweet's House in Grove Street.
Sweet: I'm gonna gather up some homies, and get the hood locked down.
Carl: You need anything, give me a call. I'm gonna check out the city and see what I can see.
Sweet: You be careful out there, CJ.
Sweet gets out of the car and heads inside his house.

Video Walkthroughs


  • The riots are based on the Los Angeles riots that occurred in 1992 (the same year San Andreas is set), similarly provoked after the trial of the police officers who used excessive force against Rodney King.
  • This is the last chance to get The Truth's Mothership Camper. It is parked at Madd Dogg's Crib next to Cesar's Savanna and Sweet's Greenwood. To obtain it, just steal it then save it in a garage and complete the mission. The other way is on the mission Are You Going to San Fierro? and Black Project.
  • Despite using Sweet's Greenwood to travel back to Grove Street from Madd Dogg's Crib, another Greenwood will spawn parked outside his house when Carl and Sweet arrive in Grove Street.
  • If the player fails the mission, the rioting will still continue, because they are programmed to begin once the opening cutscene ends.
  • CJ's mouth and eyes don't move when he says "People don't know what they want. We're all being used".
  • If the render distance is low enough, cars may spawn very quickly in front of CJ and Sweet. Sometimes, the cars may explode randomly (due to the riots) and in the worst case, kill Sweet and CJ ending the mission in a failure.
  • In the Strategy Guide of the game, Jethro is seen in a photo of the mission, suggesting that he appeared in the original version of the mission.
  • In the Definitive Edition of the game, fire no longer randomly spawns on buildings in Los Santos.