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The Rodney King beating

  • Timeline: Rodney King beating reverberated for years

    Timeline: Rodney King beating reverberated for years

  • Video showing beating by L.A. officers investigated

    Los Angeles police officials are investigating a videotape filmed by a Lake View Terrace man that shows a group of police officers brutally clubbing a man about the head and back with nightsticks, then kicking and beating him some more after he appears to be face down on the ground. The contents...

  • Tape of L.A. police beating suspect stirs public furor

    Tape of L.A. police beating suspect stirs public furor

    A bystander's videotape that captures Los Angeles police officers repeatedly striking a prone, apparently defenseless man, stirred a public furor Tuesday, with Mayor Tom Bradley declaring himself "shocked and outraged" by the incident, widely broadcast on national television.  The FBI and Los Angeles...

  • Accounts of Rodney Glen King's arrest describe repeated striking and kicking of the suspect

    Rodney King's white Hyundai came to a stop on a busy San Fernando Valley street in front of a sprawling apartment complex. It was 12:30 a.m. Sunday, and the flashing lights of several patrol cars illuminated the scene. A police helicopter circled overhead, and its thumping sound began to draw tenants...

  • Rodney King says he obeyed police

    Rodney King says he obeyed police

    Rodney Glen King, his face battered and one eye swollen half-shut, gave his version Wednesday of a beating he took at the hands of Los Angeles police officers, insisting he obeyed their commands and did nothing to provoke their ferocious attack. "I was scared, I was scared for my life. So I laid...

  • Police chief wants 3 officers prosecuted in Rodney King beating

    Police chief wants 3 officers prosecuted in Rodney King beating

    Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl F. Gates, reacting to controversy that has prompted calls for his dismissal, recommended felony prosecution Thursday for three officers who participated in the videotaped beating of a man. The chief also promised to discipline a sergeant and as many as 11 other officers...

  • Impact of Rodney King beating deals a blow to officers' image

    Impact of Rodney King beating deals a blow to officers' image

    Dennis Azevedo, a veteran officer with the Los Angeles Police Department's Harbor Division, was carrying out routine duty--serving subpoenas at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. But as he strode through a crowded waiting room, the uniformed officer could sense, as he would later recall, "a lot of animosity."...

  • Majority says police brutality is common

    Los Angeles residents overwhelmingly believe that police used excessive force in arresting Rodney G. King and that instances of police brutality are commonplace, a Los Angeles Times Poll has found. Nearly two-thirds of those polled, including a majority of Anglos, said they believe incidents of...

  • 2 views of Rodney King drawn by lawyers

    2 views of Rodney King drawn by lawyers

    The attorney for one of four officers implicated in the beating of Rodney G. King broke from his colleagues Thursday, telling jurors that the officers who wielded their batons were "out of control" and that his client, Theodore J. Briseno, had tried to stop them from repeatedly kicking and pummeling...

  • All 4 in King beating acquitted

    All 4 in King beating acquitted

    Four Los Angeles police officers won acquittals Wednesday in their trial for the beating of black motorist Rodney G. King, igniting renewed outrage over a racially charged case that had triggered a national debate on police brutality. Hours after the verdicts were announced, angry demonstrators...

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