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In Los AngelesCaliforniafour Los Angeles police officers that had been caught beating an unarmed African American motorist in an amateur video are acquitted of any wrongdoing in the arrest. Hours after the verdicts were announced, outrage and protest turned to violence as the LA riots began.
Protestors in south-central Los Angeles blocked freeway traffic and beat motorists, wrecked and looted numerous downtown stores and buildings, and set more than fires. On March 3,paroled felon Rodney King led police on a high-speed chase through the streets of Los Angeles County before eventually surrendering. Intoxicated and uncooperative, King resisted arrest and was brutally beaten by police officers Laurence Powell, Theodore Briseno and Timothy Wind.
Unbeknownst to the police, a citizen with a personal video camera was filming the arrest, and the second video caught the police beating King with their batons and kicking him long after he was capable of resistance. The video, released to the press, caused outrage around the country and triggered a national debate on police brutality. Rodney King was released without charges, and on March 15 Sergeant Stacey Koon and officers Powell, Wind, and Briseno were indicted by a Los Angeles grand jury in connection with the beating.
All four were charged with assault with a deadly weapon and excessive use of force.
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Though Koon did not actively participate in the beating, as the commanding officer present at the scene he was charged with aiding and abetting. Powell and Koon were also charged with filing false reports. On April 29,the person jury issued its verdicts: not guilty on all counts, except for one assault charge against Powell that ended in a hung jury.
The acquittals touched off the LA riots, which grew into the largest U. Traffic was blocked, and rioters beat dozens of motorists, including Reginald Denny, a truck driver who was dragged out of his truck and nearly beaten to death. A news helicopter, hovering over the street, recorded the event.
Los Angeles police were slow to respond, and the violence radiated to areas throughout the city. By the morning, hundreds of fires were burning across the city, more than a dozen people had been killed, and hundreds were injured. The unrest continued during the next 24 hours, and Korean shop owners in African American neighborhoods defended their businesses with rifles.
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