Rodney King

Rodney King, who was 47 when he was found dead in the pool at his Los Angeles home on June 17, was a symbol of many things. Primarily of police brutality. In 1991 he was savagely beaten by LAPD officers after speeding and refusing to stop. The King beating was vicious--but not uncommon. What separated it from others was that 81 seconds of it was surreptitiously videotaped by a stranger, giving the world a look at the police coldly and cruelly beating a black man. In 1992, the officers were acquitted of assault charges. The verdict ignited riots in Los Angeles...

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