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Why isn't Jackie Lacey trying to jail a violent cop caught in the act?

To the editor: It’s been a quarter-century since the Rodney King incident, and still “the beat goes on.” Officer Richard Garcia of the Los Angeles Police Department is captured on video kicking, punching, elbowing and slamming into Clinton Alford Jr., who is prone and being restrained by other...

Why Michael Jordan's public stand on race is such a big, big deal

In June of 1992, the Rodney King riots had just rocked Los Angeles and the United States faced deep racial animus. Meanwhile, Michael Jordan was just beginning to reach the height of his basketball powers.  He'd won his first NBA title a year prior, and was days away from his second. Show More Summary

Donald “Racially Divisive” Trump: Oh Look There Is An Elephant in the Room!

The Rodney King beating, the OJ trial and "Friends" were "racially divisive." The Trump campaign is just plain old racist! — Jamelle Bouie (@jbouie) July 17, 2016 The Grey Lady goes… as close to there as its recurrent fulminating BothSides fever will permit (and no sooner than time): … [A]mid gloom about Republican prospects in […]

If You Want Less Police Violence, Hire More Female Cops

last monthLifestyle / Fashion : The Cut

In 1991, after a high-speed chase, four Los Angeles police officers pulled Rodney King, a black man, out of his car, and beat him. In what seems strikingly familiar in 2016, an amateur videographer captured the scene. The next year, in 1992, a mostly white jury acquitted the officers, setting ... More »

The big hole in America’s multicultural quilt

It was almost a generation ago when Rodney King, the black victim of a vicious beating by white Los Angeles police officers, issued his plaintive call: “Can we all get along?” Rick Zamarripa echoed that 24 years later after his son Patrick was one of five Dallas police officers killed by a black man. “I wish […]

Imperium (Trailer)

Daniel Radcliffe stars as former FBI agent Michael German, who specialized in counter-terrorist operations. In 1992, in the aftermath of the Rodney King incident, German infiltrated a white supremacist group that was intent on starting a race war.

Halle Berry and Daniel Craig to Possibly Star in L.A. Riots Movie from ‘Mustang’ Director

In today’s edition of Gorgeous People Doing Things: Daniel Craig is officially in talks to star with Halle Berry in Deniz Ergüven’s L.A. Riots film, The Kings, based on the aftermath of the Rodney King trial. Craig will play Ollie, one of the only white residents who lives in South Central, who becomes acquainted with Berry’s character, a […]

Watch: Jónó Mí Ló - “Theme from New Wprld”

Off Jónó Mí Ló’s upcoming Pastel Voids release HD Ghetto, the video for “Theme from New Wprld” consists of film from the 1992 LA Riots compiled and broken by Party Trash. The use of the Rodney King riots and VHS manipulation is contradictory and reinforces what Jónó’s HD Ghetto represents. Show More Summary

Black Juror In O.J. Simpson Trial Describes Not Guilty Verdict As “Payback For Rodney King

2 months agoPop Culture / Celebrity : Bossip

O.J. Simpson Trial Juror Admits Not Guilty Verdict Was “Payback” Ezra Edelman’s five-part ESPN 30 for 30 documentary “”O.J.: Made In America” examines the long history of police brutality against Blacks in Los Angeles, including the Rodney King beating —

O.J. Detective And Fox News' Mark Fuhrman Blames Loss Of 'Choke Hold' For Rodney King Incident

If you want to see an excellent documentary on not only the life of O.J. Simpson, but the racial animus felt by the black community throughout Robert Gates' reign in the LAPD that lead to the verdict, don't miss ESPN’s “30 For 30” documentary...Show More Summary

O.J. Detective Mark Fuhrman: Rodney King beating ‘is what happens’ when choke holds are banned

2 months agoNews : The Raw Story

Former Los Angeles detective Mark Fuhrman, in a documentary that aired this week, blamed the Rodney King beating on rules preventing police officers from choking suspects. While examining the history that led up to the O.J. Simpson case, ESPN’s “30 For 30” documentary series O.J.:...

Michael Davis: If This Be Doom’s Day

Remember when Obama was elected? For me as a black man, this was one of if not the ultimate “where were you at when such and such occurred” moment. When O.J. was acquitted, I was in the conference room at Motown. The Rodney King verdict in my office and (this is not a joke) I […]

Reforming the police disciplinary system should be done in public view, not in backroom negotiations

The brutal beating of Rodney King by the Los Angeles police and the riots that followed were still fresh in voters' minds when they went to the polls on June 2, 1992, and overwhelmingly endorsed a package of police accountability reforms.  One of the reforms made changes to the structure of the Board...

Rodney King Shared A Profound Lesson From The LA Riots Just Before His Death

In 1992, Rodney King became a household name after he, a black man, was brutally beaten by four white Los Angeles police officers who were later found not guilty of felony assault. The incident, which was caught on videotape, sparked...Show More Summary

Los Angeles Joins Debate on Force After Police Killing of Homeless Man

4 months agoNews : NYTimes: News

More than 20 years after Rodney King was beaten, the city has entered a vigorous new debate about the police’s use of force on civilians and minorities.

Hear Willie D's Provocative Media Assassination 'Coon'

The always-outspoken Willie D of the Geto Boys shouted his way through the late Eighties and early Nineties on songs like "Fuck a War," "Fuck the KKK" and "Fuck Rodney King" – so the gangsta rap pioneer is no stranger to confrontational lyrics and politically motivated outrage. On his inflammatory...

Trailer for ESPN 30 for 30 Documentary 'O.J.: Made in America' Released

O.J. Simpson: sprinting down the field, playing with his kids, sitting in a courtroom. In the two-minute trailer for O.J.: Made in America, these images, along with video of Rodney King's beating, flash across the screen—all set to the...Show More Summary

Please Find a Way To See Rodney King at Langston Hughes Tonight or Tomorrow. Seriously.

5 months agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

by Sean Nelson (L-R): New Seattle resident Leslie McSpadden (Michael Brown's uncle), writer/performer Roger Guenveur Smith, and journalist/Seattle native Kurt Streeter Jordan Nicholson I wasn’t surprised that Roger Guenveur Smith’s show Rodney King was riveting, harrowing, infuriating, funny, and beautiful. Show More Summary

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