On March 3, 1991, Rodney King was driving his car in the city of Los Angeles, California. Bryant Allen was a passenger in the back seat. King didn't stop when signaled by a police car behind him, but instead, sped up and increased his speed. It is estimated that King drove at speeds reaching 100 miles per hour for 7.8 miles. When King finally stopped the car, officers of the Los Angeles Police Department delivered 56 baton blows and six kicks to King in a period of two minutes, resulting in eleven skull fractures, brain damage, and kidney damage. A man named George Holliday was standing on the b
The 1991 videotaped beating of Rodney King by Los Angeles Police Department officers, and riots triggered by the acquittal of the officers involved, rocked L.A. and the nation. The events brought into play concerns about racism and police brutality within the L.A.P.D. If not for the videotape made by George Holliday, the officers would have more than likely never been taken to trial and the world would not know of the brutality against Rodney King.
alcony of a nearby building and videotaped the incident. The next day, March 4, he gave his 81-second tape to a local L.A. TV station. By the end of
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Police Brutality, Rodney King, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Police Department, Grand Jury, Jury, Police, Los Angeles County California, Los Angeles County, Theodore Briseno,
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