Rodney King Essay

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y king Rodney King Born | Rodney Glen King III April 2, 1965 Sacramento, California, U.S. | Died | June 17, 2012 (aged 47)[1] Rialto, California, U.S. | Cause of death | Accidental drowning | Nationality | American | Ethnicity | African American | Height | 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)[2] | Criminal charge | Robbery | Criminal penalty | 2 years imprisonment | Spouse(s) | Crystal Waters (divorced) Danetta Lyles (divorced) | Partner(s) | Cynthia Kelley (fiancée)[3] | Children | 3 daughters | Rodney Glen King (April 2, 1965 – June 17, 2012) was an African-American construction worker who, while on parole for robbery, became nationally known after being beaten by Los Angeles police officers following a high-speed car chase on March 3, 1991. George Holliday, a resident in the nearby area, witnessed the beating and videotaped much of it from the balcony of his nearby apartment. The videotaped footage shows five Los Angeles area officers surrounding King and several of them striking him repeatedly. During the beating of King, other officers stood by, without seeming to take action to stop King from being struck. A portion of the footage was aired around the world, inflaming public outrage in Los Angeles and other American cities where racial tension was often high. The videotape also increased public sensitivity to, and anger about, police brutality, racism, and other social inequalities throughout the United States. Four of the police officers from the LAPD who engaged in the incident were charged in Los Angeles County Superior Court with assault with a deadly weapon and use of excessive force for their conduct during the incident. After a judicial finding that a fair and impartial jury could not be impaneled in Los Angeles County, the case was given a change of venue to the city of Simi Valley, in Ventura County, where they were

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