Rodney King & The La Riots Anissa Castillo, Emma Evans, & Jodarius Christy

Rodney Glen King was an African American taxi driver who was beaten on March 3, 1991 by Los Angeles Police Department officers due to a high-speed care chase. After the beating in 1991, King was a victim of alcoholism and was always getting in trouble with the law.
These four LAPD officers were caught beating King for a high-speed chase. They were then charged with use of excessive force against King. Two of the officers, Lauren Powell and Stacey Koon, were sentenced to 30 months in jail while Timothy Wind and Theodore Briseno were acquitted of all charges.
George Holliday, a plumber who lived near the scene of the beating, was the man who videotaped the beating of Rodney King. He sold the video so it could be broadcasted to a local television station for $500. He still has a copy of the tape and is trying to make it into a documentary.

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A series of riots and civil disturbances occurred in 1992 in Los Angeles known as the Rodney King Riots. The videotape of King being beaten by police officers and the trial jury's decision of acquitting the four officers of the LAPD sparked widespread killings, assaults, and looting.

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Some Key People Involved with the Riots:

Reginald Denny was a construction dump truck driver who was a victim of the first riot. He was attacked and dragged from his road tractor by several men. He was severely injured due to a head trama and had to go to therapy for years to restore his speech.
Henri "KeeKee" Watson was 27 years old at the time and a former U.S Marine. He was the one of the men who assulted Denny by stomping on his head. He later personally apologized to him.

"I got caught up in the emotions like everyone else. The anger and the rage just took hold to where I, nor anyone who was out there that day, was in their right frame of mind."

Damian "Football" Williams was a football star in high school who had dreamed about going pro. He then dropped out of school at the age of 16 and joined a gang, Eight Tray Gangster Crips. He became a recognizable participant in the LA riots when he smashed Denny in the head with a brick and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
The Watts Riots took place on August 11-16, 1965 in the Watts neighborhood in Los Angeles. These riots were initiated by the Rodney King Trial and condemned the police racism. It was the city's worst disturbance due to 34 deaths, 1,032 injuries, and 3,438 arrests.

Long Term Effect

Multiple rap songs have been created discussing this issue, and how the artist was upset over how things were handled, and how blacks were being oppressed from the police. Because of how angry the artists were, the songs used very explicit language. Also, multiple documentaries and movies are being made about him and how the riots occurred and people’s reaction to it.

Songs: The Predator- Ice Cube & I Got Pulled Over- Kid Frost

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