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Rodney Glen King (born April 2, 1965 in Sacramento, California) is an African-American taxi driver who, in 1991 was stopped and then beaten by Los Angeles Police Department officers (Laurence Powell, Timothy Wind, Theodore Briseno and Sergeant Stacey Koon) after being chased for speeding. A bystander, George Holliday, videotaped much of the event from a distance. Part of the video was broadcast around the world and shows four LA police officers restraining and repeatedly striking a black man, while four to six other officers stand by.[1] There is no part of the tape that shows Mr. King attacking the officers, as some have claimed.[2] is the 92nd day of the year (93rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1965 Gregorian calendar. ... Sacramento redirects here. ... Languages Predominantly American English Religions Protestantism (chiefly Baptist and Methodist); Roman Catholicism; Islam Related ethnic groups Sub-Saharan Africans and other African groups, some with Native American groups. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian Calendar. ... LAPD and L.A.P.D. redirect here. ... Laurence Michael Powell (b. ... Stacey C. Koon was a Sergeant with the Los Angeles Police Department. ...


The resulting public outrage raised tensions between the black community and the LAPD, and increased anger over police brutality and issues such as unemployment, racial tension, and poverty in the black community of South Central Los Angeles. The four officers were tried in a state court for using excessive force, but were acquitted. The announcement of the acquittals sparked the 1992 Los Angeles riots. January 31 1919: David Kirkwood on the ground after being struck by batons of the Glasgow police Police brutality is a term used to describe the excessive use of physical force, assault, verbal attacks, and threats by police officers and other law enforcement officers. ... South Los Angeles is the official name for a large geographic and cultural area lying to the south and southeast of downtown Los Angeles, California. ... For other uses, see Los Angeles riots (disambiguation). ...

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Incident

Rodney King was beaten by a group of police officers on March 3, 1991. The incident, minus the first thirteen seconds after King stopped, was captured on video by a private citizen, George Holliday, from his apartment near the intersection of Foothill Blvd and Osborne St. in the community of Lake View Terrace. The officers involved testified that he was under the influence of the dissociative drug phencyclidine (PCP).[3] Phencyclidine (a contraction of the chemical name phenylcyclohexylpiperidine), abbreviated PCP, is a dissociative drug formerly used as an anesthetic agent, exhibiting hallucinogenic and neurotoxic effects. ...


State acquittal of police officers

The Los Angeles District Attorney charged the four officers with use of excessive force towards King. But the judge was replaced and the new judge changed the venue and the jury-pool, citing contamination of the jury-pool due to the media coverage. The new venue was a newly built courthouse in Simi Valley, in neighboring Ventura County. The jury consisted of Ventura County residents — ten whites, one Latino and one Asian. The prosecutor, Terry White, was African-American. The jury acquitted three of the officers, but could not agree about one of the charges for Powell. On April 29, 1992, only Powell was convicted.[4][5] A change of venue is the legal term for moving a trial to a new location. ... Simi Valley is an incorporated city located in the extreme southeast corner of Ventura County, California, bordering the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles in the Greater Los Angeles Area. ... Ventura County . ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... For the Brazilian pop singer, see Latino (singer). ... Asian people[1] is a demonym for people from Asia. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... is the 119th day of the year (120th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ...


Comments of public officials

In response to the verdict, Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley said "The jury's verdict will not blind us to what we saw on that videotape. The men who beat Rodney King do not deserve to wear the uniform of the L.A.P.D."[6] This is a list of mayors of Los Angeles, California. ... For other persons named Tom Bradley, see Tom Bradley (disambiguation). ...


LA riots and the aftermath

The acquittal announcement triggered the massive 4-day Los Angeles riots of 1992, one of the most intense civil disturbances in U.S. history. By the time the police, US Army, Marines and National Guard restored order, there was nearly $1 billion in damage and 53 deaths; 2,383 injuries; more than 7000 fire responses; and 3,100 businesses damaged. Smaller riots occurred in other US cities such as Las Vegas and Atlanta. On May 1, 1992, the third day of the L.A riots, King appeared in public before television news cameras to appeal for calm, asking: For other uses, see Los Angeles riots (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Los Angeles riots (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see United States (disambiguation) and US (disambiguation). ... The United States Army is the largest and oldest branch of the armed forces of the United States. ... The United States Marine Corps (USMC) is a branch of the United States armed forces responsible for providing force projection from the sea,[1] using the mobility of the U.S. Navy to rapidly deliver combined-arms task forces and is one of seven uniformed services. ... The United States National Guard is a significant component of the United States armed forces military reserve. ... For further information, see Las Vegas metropolitan area and Las Vegas Strip. ... Atlanta redirects here. ...

People, I just want to say, you know, can we all get along? Can we get along? Can we stop making it, making it horrible for the older people and the kids?...It’s just not right. It’s not right. It’s not, it’s not going to change anything. We’ll, we’ll get our justice....Please, we can get along here. We all can get along. I mean, we’re all stuck here for a while. Let’s try to work it out. Let’s try to beat it. Let’s try to beat it. Let’s try to work it out.[7]

Federal trial of officers

After the riots, the United States Justice Department reinstated its investigation and subsequently obtained an indictment of federal civil rights violations against the four officers involved in King's beating. The federal trial, as compared to the state trial, focused more on the medical and officer training evidence in the case instead of just relying on the videotape of the incident which the state had done so previously. As a result, Officer Laurence Powell and Sergeant Stacey Koon, were found guilty by a jury and sentenced to 30 months of prison, while Timothy Wind and Theodore Briseno were acquitted of all charges against them. Civil rights or positive rights are those legal rights retained by citizens and protected by the government. ... Laurence Michael Powell (b. ... Stacey C. Koon was a Sergeant with the Los Angeles Police Department. ...


Analysis and cultural impact of the event

The video of the incident is an example of inverse surveillance (i.e. citizens watching police). As a result of the incident, several Copwatch organizations were formed nationwide to safeguard against police abuse. Counter-police-abuse organizations and justice committees for victims of police violence increased after 1992, and a national umbrella group, October 22nd Coalition to Stop Police Brutality, was created. Black community and civil rights leaders have repeatedly used the Rodney King incident as an analogy. The text below is generated by a template, which has been proposed for deletion. ... Phoenix Copwatch logo Copwatch protest image Anti-ticketing campaign poster General Copwatch protest poster Copwatch (also Cop Watch) is a network of United States and Canadian volunteer organizations that police the police. Copwatch groups usually engage in monitoring of the police, videotaping police activity, and educating the public about police...


Recent life

After the riots King was awarded $3.8 million in a civil case, and used some of the money to start a hip hop music label, Straight Alta-Pazz Recording Company.[8] He subsequently moved to Rialto, California. King also made a cameo on an episode of BET's ComicView. Hip hop is a cultural movement that began amongst urban African American youth in New York and has since spread around the world. ... City of Rialto Logo Rialto is a city in San Bernardino County, California, United States. ... Bet may refer to: Look up bet in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... ComicView is a stand up comedy show (debuting in 1992) that airs on BET on Tuesdays and Fridays. ...


He was arrested again for spousal assault in 1999. In 2001, he was then ordered to undergo a year of drug treatment after pleading guilty to three counts of being under the influence of PCP and one of indecent exposure.[9] Phencyclidine (a contraction of the chemical name phenylcyclohexylpiperidine), abbreviated PCP, is a dissociative drug formerly used as an anesthetic agent, exhibiting hallucinogenic and neurotoxic effects. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


On August 27, 2003, he was arrested again on similar charges as in 1991. It is alleged that King was speeding, ran a red light while under the influence of alcohol, failed to yield to police officers, and then slammed his SUV into a house, breaking his pelvis.[10] is the 239th day of the year (240th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


While riding to his home in San Bernardino, California on November 29, 2007, he was shot in the face, arms, back and torso with birdshot by two thieves attempting to steal his bicycle,[11] but police characterized his injuries as "not life threatening."[12] is the 333rd day of the year (334th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... A shotgun shell is a self-contained cartridge loaded with shot or a slug designed to be fired from a shotgun. ...


References

  1. ^ L.A. Times feature article
  2. ^ George Holliday. The footage second-by-second.
  3. ^ Lou Cannon. Official Negligence: How Rodney King and the Riots Changed Los Angeles ISBN 0813337259
  4. ^ JURIST - The Rodney King Beating Trials
  5. ^ http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/lapd/white.jpg
  6. ^ NY Times: April 30 1992, THE POLICE VERDICT; Los Angeles Policemen Acquitted in Taped Beating
  7. ^ Ralph Keyes. The Quote Verifier: Who Said What, Where, and When. ISBN 0-312-34004-4
  8. ^ BBC News "Flashback: Rodney King and the L.A riots"
  9. ^ Where are they now? "Rodney King's claim to fame"
  10. ^ Rodney King slams SUV into house, breaks pelvis
  11. ^ Reston, Maeve. "Rodney King is shot while riding his bicycle.", Los Angeles Times, 2007-11-30. Retrieved on 2007-11-30. 
  12. ^ "Rodney King Sprayed With Shotgun Pellets", Associated Press, 2007-11-29. Retrieved on 2007-11-29. 

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See also

Reginald Oliver Denny (born April 21, 1953 in San Pedro, California) was a white construction truck driver who, after being dragged from his truck, was nearly beaten to death by black rioters during the 1992 Los Angeles riots, some of whom where later determined to be gang members. ... Latasha Harlins (1976-1991) was an African-American teenager shot and killed by Soon Ja Du, a Korean-American liquor store worker. ...

External links

1949 Kathy Fiscus tragedy. ...

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CNN.com - Rodney King slams SUV into house, breaks pelvis - Apr. 16, 2003 (417 words)
Rodney King was hospitalized after police said he lost control of his SUV while weaving through traffic at 100 mph and crashed into a house.
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