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Rodney King Case

On this day in 1991, a young black man named Rodney King was arrested in Los Angeles after a high speed chase. He was tasered and repeatedly beaten by white officers of the Los Angeles Police Department - the whole incident captured on film. The resulting trial, and acquittal, of the officers triggered city-wide riots. 3/3/91.

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Rodney King The not-guilty verdict for King’s beating case against the LAPD was broadcast April 29, 1992, and immediately incited riots around South Central Los Angeles

29th April 1992 : Rioting has broken out in Los Angeles following the decision by a jury to acquit four white police officers accused of beating black motorist Rodney King. The case centered on a video, taped by an amateur cameraman which caught the scene on film as the four police officers beat, kicked and clubbed unemployed laborer Rodney King while other officers looked on. The officers did face a second trial a year later, on federal charges of violating Rodney King's civil rights.

In California Planing & Development Report, Morris Newman writes, "Let’s be very clear: institutionalized poverty, made possible by blue lining, was the real cause of the Rodney King riots."