Opinion Op-Ed

Black Lives Matter activist DeRay McKesson on his mayoral run — 25 years after the Rodney King beating

On a March night 25 years ago, the helicopter and sirens woke up a Los Angeles plumber named George Holliday.  The footage he recorded on his Sony Handycam over the next nine minutes — of Rodney King being beaten by LAPD officers — is perhaps second only to the Zapruder film of the JFK assassination in its impact on public life. Today, a video camera rests in every hip-pocket smart phone, and myriad videos of cops versus black men and women have altered politics and culture. The Black Lives Matter activist and former teacher DeRay Mckesson is a child of that early viral video and the ripples it created.

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