Rodney King

Victim of police brutality Rodney King

Rodney Glen King was an American construction worker who became well known after being beaten harshly by Los Angeles police officers during a traffic stop on 3 March 1991. A bystander, George Holliday, witnessed the beating and videotaped much of the incident from a distance.
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Deceased
17 June 2012
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Professor Who Defended Bill Maher Replaces Sen. Al Franken As 'Real Time' Guest
Huffington Post - 9 months
Georgetown University sociology professor and author Michael Eric Dyson will replace Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) on Friday’s episode of “Real Time with Bill Maher” after a controversy surrounding a racial slur. A spokesperson for Sen. Franken told HuffPost Monday that the senator would not attend, given the backlash over host Bill Maher’s use of “n****r” last Friday during his show. Dyson, who is black, tweeted a defense of Maher over the weekend, writing in a statement, “Bill’s been a champion of many fights for black justice.” But the professor also condemned the host’s use of the word. In the statement, Dyson wrote: “I’m emotional about this. I love Bill Maher. He’s a very dear friend. But as I’ve made plain through the years, the n word should be reserved for black use. Period.” pic.twitter.com/589mHQ1bys — Michael Eric Dyson (@MichaelEDyson) June 3, 2017 In an opinion piece about the controversy, The New York Times’ Wesley Morris posited that “[i]t ...
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Another Cop Trial, But Will There Be A Conviction This Time?
Huffington Post - 10 months
These are the known facts in the slaying of 15-year-old Jordan Edwards by former Balch Springs, Texas police officer, Roy Oliver. He had no criminal record. He was unarmed. He posed no threat to the officer. The facts were straightforward enough that Dallas County District Attorney, Faith Johnson, wasted no time in filing murder charges against Oliver. But as always, in the rare times that a DA charges a cop in the killing of an unarmed civilian, a charge is just the start of what has often been a long train of frustration, muddle, and, more often than not, bitter disappointment in the prosecution of cops who wantonly kill civilians. The two starting points are the defense attorneys hired to defend the officers charged. Police unions quickly step in and retain top gun defense attorneys with lots of experience defending police officers accused of misconduct. Police unions bankroll their defense and spare no expense. Cops rarely serve any pre-trial jail time, and are released on ridi...
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Spike Lee On Why His Films About Social Injustice Stand The Test Of Time
Huffington Post - 10 months
Spike Lee says America’s issues related to police brutality heavily influenced his perspective as a filmmaker.  While promoting his Netflix original film “Rodney King” in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the L.A. Riots, Lee opened up to The Daily Beast on how the history of other civil disturbances have inspired some of his past projects, including his 1989 film “Do the Right Thing.”  “For me, putting it in historical perspective, that’s not the first uprising in L.A. You had Watts,” he explained. “You had Detroit. You had the hot summer of ’68. There was the uprising when Dr. King got assassinated. And then, most recently, you had Ferguson. People reach a boiling point.” “That’s where the whole thing came for ‘Do the Right Thing.’ I didn’t make that up. People reach a boiling point.” Set in the Brooklyn neighborhood, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Lee’s 1989 drama highlights the events leading up to racial tensions between local residents on the hottest day of the summer. ...
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'LA 92' Looks Back At The Rodney King Protests 25 Years Later
Huffington Post - 10 months
Before Ferguson and before Baltimore, there was a moment in American history that riveted the nation. The gruesome and horrific beating of motorist Rodney King sent shockwaves through the veins of Americans who were able to see police brutality without filters and in transparent living color. As if it was some sort of competitive sport of who could physically assault the negro more, L.A. cops took turns striking King like an animal over and over and over. In a premeditated sigh of relief, many African-Americans believed that finally police would be held accountable for their racist assault towards Black people ―especially because their violent assault was caught on tape. No one was prepared for the aftermath. Not even a clear videotape could convict cops for something as visible as the brutality they committed. Like the combination of hydrogen and oxygen atoms, the aftermath resulted in the explosion of the city of L.A. via protests that were bound to happen sooner or later. Now,...
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'LA 92' Looks Back At The Rodney King Protests 25 Years Later
Huffington Post - 10 months
Before Ferguson and before Baltimore, there was a moment in American history that riveted the nation. The gruesome and horrific beating of motorist Rodney King sent shockwaves through the veins of Americans who were able to see police brutality without filters and in transparent living color. As if it was some sort of competitive sport of who could physically assault the negro more, L.A. cops took turns striking King like an animal over and over and over. In a premeditated sigh of relief, many African-Americans believed that finally police would be held accountable for their racist assault towards Black people ―especially because their violent assault was caught on tape. No one was prepared for the aftermath. Not even a clear videotape could convict cops for something as visible as the brutality they committed. Like the combination of hydrogen and oxygen atoms, the aftermath resulted in the explosion of the city of L.A. via protests that were bound to happen sooner or later. Now,...
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LA peace parades mark 25th anniversary of Rodney King riots
Fox News - 10 months
Twenty-five years ago, a jury acquitted four white police officers in the beating of black motorist Rodney King, sparking looting and violence that would turn into one of the deadliest race riots in American history.
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How South L.A. has healed 25 years after Rodney King riots
CBS News - 10 months
Mostly African-American community erupted after jury acquitted four white police officers in videotaped beating of Rodney King
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'Let It Fall': Rodney King juror in his own words
ABC News - 10 months
In Let It Fall, a documentary by John Ridley to make the 25th anniversary of the Rodney King trial, juror Henry King talks going public as a half-black man.
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On Saturday, Americans Have Two Climate Paths To Choose From
Huffington Post - 10 months
By Gloria Walton and Elizabeth Sanders This Saturday, the U.S. will see divergent paths for our future as hundreds of thousands march in the streets taking part in climate marches nationwide. One path is old, dirty, poisonous, dying. The other is youthful, life-affirming, the future. We have a choice, and on Saturday, we’re making it clear which path we’re taking. One vision clings to the past of this nation, wistful for an America defined by a legacy of domination by the white and wealthy over people of color and poor people, manifested in an economy designed to exploit every available resource- our bodies, our water, our air, and the earth itself. This misguided viewpoint is rising again, welled up from the White House, spilling over all corners of the country, and at the end of this month, pooling in a demonstration of white nationalists and their hateful rhetoric in Pikeville, Kentucky. A neo-Nazi organization will be marching through the coal country town embracing the...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Rodney King
    FORTIES
  • 2012
    Age 46
    On the morning of June 17, 2012, King's fiancée Cynthia Kelly found him lying at the bottom of his swimming pool.
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    This arrest led to his February 2012 misdemeanor conviction for reckless driving.
  • 2010
    Age 44
    On September 9, 2010, it was confirmed that King was going to marry Cynthia Kelly, who had been a juror in the civil suit he brought against the City of Los Angeles.
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  • 2009
    Age 43
    In 2009, King and other Celebrity Rehab alumni appeared as panel speakers to a new group of addicts at the Pasadena Recovery Center, marking 11 months of sobriety for him.
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    King won a celebrity boxing match against ex–Chester City (Delaware County, Pennsylvania) police officer Simon Aouad on Friday, September 11, 2009, at the Ramada Philadelphia Airport in Essington, Pennsylvania.
  • 2008
    Age 42
    In May 2008, King checked into the Pasadena Recovery Center in Pasadena, California, where he filmed as a cast member of season 2 of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, which premiered in October 2008.
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  • 2007
    Age 41
    On November 29, 2007, while riding home on his bicycle, King was shot in the face, arms, and back with pellets from a shotgun.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2003
    Age 37
    On August 27, 2003, King was arrested again for speeding and running a red light while under the influence of alcohol.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1995
    Age 29
    In July 1995, he was arrested by Alhambra police after hitting his wife with his car and knocking her to the ground.
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  • 1993
    Age 27
    On August 21, 1993, he crashed his car into a block wall in downtown Los Angeles.
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    Based on these indictments a trial of the four officers in the United States District Court for the Central District of California began on February 25, 1993.
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  • 1992
    Age 26
    On April 29, 1992, the jury acquitted three of the officers, but could not agree on one of the charges against Powell.
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    The acquittals are generally considered to have triggered the 1992 Los Angeles riots, in which 55 people were killed and over 2,000 were injured, ending only when the California national guard was called in. The acquittals also led to the federal government's obtaining grand jury indictments for violations of King's civil rights. The trial of the four in a federal district court ended on April 16, 1993, with two of the officers being found guilty and subsequently imprisoned.
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  • 1991
    Age 25
    King was subject to further arrests and convictions for driving violations after the 1991 incident.
    Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley created the Independent Commission on the Los Angeles Police Department, also known as the Christopher Commission, in April 1991.
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    After four days of grand jury testimony, the Los Angeles district attorney charged officers Koon, Powell, Briseno and Wind with use of excessive force on March 14, 1991.
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    Early on the morning of March 3, 1991, King, with two passengers, Bryant Allen and Freddie Helms, were driving a 1987 Hyundai Excel or a Mitsubishi Precis west on the Foothill Freeway (Interstate 210) in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles.
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  • 1989
    Age 23
    In November 1989, King robbed a store in Monterey Park, California.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1984
    Age 18
    King was born in Sacramento, California, the son of Ronald King and Odessa King. He and his four siblings grew up in Altadena, California. King's father died in 1984 at the age of 42.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1965
    Born
    Born on April 2, 1965.
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