S: Rodney King
BC: StopRacism and Injustice
1: Rodney Glen King (born April 2, 1965) is an African American man who, on 3 March 1991, was the subject of a beating at the hands of the Los Angeles police officers. | Rodney King was beating by the police
2: The beating was secretly videotaped by a bystander, George Holliday. | Videotape Picture
3: King after the beating | This incident had stirred a lot of Americans | Injustice | Racism | NO
4: The Real story behind | On the night of March 2, 1991, Rodney King and two passengers, Bryant Allen and Freddie Helms, were driving west on Foothill Freeway. They had spent the night watching a basketball game at a friend's house in Los Angeles. King's car was speeding and he was spotted by Officers Tim and Melanie Singer, a husband-and-wife team of the California Highway Patrol. The Singers pursued King, and the subsequent freeway chase reached speeds in excess of 100 mph.
5: The reason King’s refused to pull the car over because a DUI would violate his parole for a previous robbery conviction. | After approximately 8 miles, officers cornered Rodney's car. | The first five LAPD officers to arrive at the scene were: Stacey Koon, Laurence Powell, Timothy Wind, Theodore Briseno, and Rolando Solano.
6: The beating | The videotape shows that the polices’ intention was not to arrest Rodney King but to beat him up with their batons even when kings was on the ground. | Stacey Koon was the officer who ordered the baton blows. He directed the other officers to hit King with "power strokes". | The beating was being filmed secretly by George Holliday on March 3, 1991.
7: The videotape shows King apparently continued to try and get up. | Koon then ordered the officers to "hit his joints, hit the wrists, hit his elbows, hit his knees, and hit his ankles".
8: Rodney King Victim of racism and injustice | Finally, after 56 baton blows and six kicks, five or six officers swarmed in and placed King in both handcuffs and cord cuffs restraining his arms and legs. | King was dragged on his stomach to the side of the road to await arrival of a rescue ambulance.
9: The officers were not aware that the beating was caught on video by a private citizen, George Holliday, from his apartment near the intersection of Foothill Blvd and Osborne St. in Lake View Terrace. | He contacted the police about a videotape of the incident but was dismissed. He then went to the news with his videotape.
10: King was taken to Pacifica Hospital immediately after his arrest. He suffered a fractured facial bone, and a broken right ankle, and numerous bruises and lacerations. | At Pacifica Hospital, where King was taken for initial treatment, nurses reported that the officers who accompanied Rodney King openly joked and bragged about the number of times King had been hit.
11: The jury found Officer Laurence Powell and Sergeant Stacey Koon guilty, who were subsequently sentenced to 30 months in prison | Timothy Wind and Theodore Briseno were acquitted of all charges.
12: By the time the police, the U.S. Army, the Marines and the National Guard restored order, the casualties included 53 deaths, 2,383 injuries, more than 7,000 fires, damages to 3,100 businesses, and nearly $1 billion in financial losses. | The news of acquittal triggered the Los Angeles riots of 1992.
13: King was awarded $3.8 million in a civil case and used some of the proceeds to start a hip hop music label, Straight Alta-Pazz Recording Company.