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03/03/1991 Los Angeles police officers severely beat motorist Rodney King

Rodney Glen King became known internationally as the victim of Los Angeles Police Department brutality. The four officers were tried on charges of use of excessive force; three were totally acquitted, the jury failed to reach a verdict on one charge for the fourth.


  • Essentials 

  • Early life 

  • 1991 police incident in Los Angeles 

  • Post-arrest events 

  • Los Angeles riots and the aftermath 

  • Federal trial of officers 

  • Later life 

  • Death 

  • In popular culture