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'LA 92' Looks Back At The Rodney King Protests 25 Years Later

The film brings a fresh perspective to a pivotal moment that reverberates to this day.

With an L.A. sheriff headed to federal prison, let's not forget LAPD’s lesson in police reform

The beating of Rodney King in 1991 and the violence that followed a year later carved such deep grooves in Los Angeles’ collective psyche that it seemed only natural last year and again a few weeks ago to observe the 25th anniversaries of those events — and to reflect on how profoundly the city...

Last Victim of LA Riots Identified

last monthNews / Crime : Sword and Scale

On March 31, 1991, Rodney King had been driving home after having a few drinks with friends when police attempted to pull him over. King, who admitted he was on

Peter Gabriel Shares Essay About Video Justice

Twenty-five years ago, Peter Gabriel helped found the WITNESS organization after seeing the effect that the videotape of the Los Angeles Police Department's beating of Rodney King had on the country. In a new essay for Time magazine, the musician and activist reflects on the implications of video justice today and emphasizes how important it…

Celebrating AAPI Resistance in the Labor Movement

Celebrating AAPI Resistance in the Labor Movement AFL-CIO As we look back at the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance’s first action at the founding convention to march for justice after the beating of Rodney King 25 years ago, we’re proud of our deep roots of solidarity and resistance. Show More Summary

For today's college kids, the Rodney King beating seems mild and unremarkable

2 months agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

In 1991, George Holliday's video of Rodney King being kicked and nightsticked by LAPD officers shocked the nation and sparked an uprising that galvanized the discussion about police brutality. (more…)

“There’s way worse videos”: Today’s students on Rodney King

Originally posted at Gin & Tacos. If you want to feel old, teach. That movie quote is not wrong: You get older, the students stay the same age. Your cultural references are all dated, even when you think things are recent (ex., The Wire is already ancient history. You might as well reference the Marx […]

Spike Lee On Why His Films About Social Injustice Stand The Test Of Time

Spike Lee says America’s issues related to police brutality heavily influenced his perspective as a filmmaker. While promoting his Netflix original film “Rodney King” in commemoration of the 25 th anniversary of the L.A. Riots, Lee opened...Show More Summary

ICYMI: The Fountain Is Back On At Echo Park Lake

Plus, it's going to get a little more cramped at American Airlines, Steve Bannon's whiteboard, Spike Lee on Rodney King, and much more! [ more › ]

The Los Angeles riots, 25 years on

2 months agoArts : Prospero

THE story of what happened to Rodney King on March 3rd 1991 has endured. After a night of drinking and watching basketball with friends, King, a 25-year-old construction worker, caught the eye of highway patrol officers as he drove at blazing speed on a southern California freeway.

Spike Lee Sounds Off on Donald Trump: ‘He’s Given New York a Bad Look to the World’

2 months agoNews : The Daily Beast

The legendary filmmaker opens up about his new Netflix documentary ‘Rodney King,’ the poor state of the Knicks, and his myriad issues with the Trump administration.

Surprising: In Los Angeles, Race Relations Are Quite Good; But the Economy, Not So Much

Los Angeles, a quarter-century after the Rodney King riots. An earlier version of this story appeared at The Los Angeles Times. Subscribe here. On the 25th anniversary of the Rodney King riots, Los Angeles is glowing with racial amity—and festering with economic disparity. Show More Summary

Where the 1992 riots hit exposed the reality of our city: There are two L.A.s

To the editor: On April 29, 1992, the day when four Los Angeles Police Department officers were acquitted in the Rodney King beating trial, I was teaching at an L.A. Unified School District campus just west of downtown. (“Twenty five years later, how did the riots transform L.A.? And has the city...

The Hammer Museum Examines the Legacy of the LA Uprising

2 months agoArts : Hyperallergic

A series of panels, talks, and screenings — including Spike Lee's latest and the documentary Do Not Resist — marks the 25th anniversary of the uprising that followed the acquittal of four LAPD officers who beat Rodney King. The post The Hammer Museum Examines the Legacy of the LA Uprising appeared first on Hyperallergic.

The LA Riots began 25 years ago this week — here's how the city descended into total chaos

It's been 25 years since a jury's decision to acquit the four cops who violently tasered and beat up 25-year-old Rodney King during an arrest in Los Angeles. The incident sparked a series of protests known as the LA Riots. Tensions between...Show More Summary

Watch Comedians Read Steve Bannon’s Bizarre Pseudo-Shakespearean Screenplay About… The 1992 L.A. Riots

As was recently noted right here on, six documentary films and TV specials examining the aftermath of the brutal beating of Rodney King were just released, timed to the 25th anniversary of the 1992 L.A. riots. One was made by Spike Lee; another, by John Ridley. One of those films was not, however, by Donald Trump’s […]

'LA 92' Looks Back At The Rodney King Verdict And Subsequent Protests

Before Ferguson and before Baltimore, there was a moment in American history that riveted the nation. The gruesome and horrific beating of motorist Rodney King sent shockwaves through the veins of Americans who were able to see police brutality without filters and in transparent living color. Show More Summary

25 years after Los Angeles riots, progress and distrust live side by side

2 months agoNews : The Cutline

By Alex Dobuzinskis and Dana Feldman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Twenty-five years after the acquittal of four Los Angeles police officers in the beating of black motorist Rodney King and the deadly riots that followed the verdict, an undercurrent of distrust pulses through a city that says it worked hard at police reform. Show More Summary

LA Riots 25 years later: Rodney King’s ‘Can we all get along’ still matters

Rodney Glen King’s plea for peace echoes from his resting place at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills. It’s written on his grave marker: “Can we all get along.”

Rodney King

"Rodney King" is a film of provocations, starting with its opening lines, delivered by writer and star Roger Guenveur Smith: "Fuck Rodney King in his ass." Those aren't Smith's words. He's quoting rapper Willie D's song from his album "Goin' Out Like Soldier," an expression of radical opposition to state violence that sanctions violence itself. Show More Summary

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