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Joseph Franz February 28, 2008 Eng-W 131 2:30 Basgier “Rex 5” “The Riot” Late 1991, a man named Rodney King was pulled over by a police officer and arrested for speeding and reckless driving. When Rodney resisted arrest, according to David Gergen, the police officers, “beat him with their batons and kicked him repeatedly” (David Gergen par. 1). The beating was videotaped and given to the press. It was later used as evidence in the trial against the police officers for brutality against African American suspects. Somehow in April of 1992 the officers were found not guilty despite there being video evidence of the crime. When the news of the officers being proven innocent was released, many Los Angeles residents, mostly from poorer communities in the city whom have complained of police brutality in the past, saw it as an act of white racism and began to riot in the streets of Los Angeles (David Gergen 1). The rioting occurred for just over three days, the death of forty citizens, and millions of dollars of damage too (David Gergen 1). As written in the Encyclopedia Britannica, “Damian
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