The Other Videotape

AS THE RODNEY KING CASE WENT TO the jury last week, Los Angeles residents were keeping a wary eye on another case involving a videotaped beating: the assault on white truck driver Reginald Denny by a group of black men at the outset of last year's riot. Although the parallels between the two incidents are largely superficial, many African Americans tend to equate them. The case against the three men accused in the Denny assault has become a symbol of the disparity between how whites and blacks are treated by the criminal-justice system. Many Angelenos fear that a volatile situation will...

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