Written by Sophomore Writer @shanitaward
It has been 25 years since the Los Angeles riots that erupted after four white Los Angeles Police Department officers were acquitted the beating of Rodney King.Sadly enough, in these past 25 years, not much has changed. The simple words “Not guilty” in trials featuring police officers who have abused their power and dismissed their oath to protect and serve, still causes the same unrest and outrage today as they did in 1992.On April 29, 1992 a jury acquitted four police officers caught on video beating motorist Rodney King. That not guilty verdict sparked an immediate response of outrage and violence throughout Los Angeles.
(On March 3, 1991) Amateur cameraman George Holliday shot video from the balcony of his Lake View Terrace apartment that shows a group of police officers beating a man with night sticks and kicking him as other officers look on.
(March 5, 1991) Two days after the beating, Sgt. Stacey Koon, Officer Laurence Powell, Officer Timothy Wind and Officer Theodore Briseno were arrested. They were charged with assault and using excessive force. The trial began March 5, 1992.--Read more[link in bio]