Taylor Negron, a comedian and actor who was a fixture in Los Angeles comedy clubs as well as a playwright who penned “Gangster Planet” after the 1992 Rodney King verdict riots, died Saturday. He was 57.
The newly elected head of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, representing close to 10,000 law enforcement officers, was once listed as a “problem officer” in a 1991 report issued by a blue ribbon committee looking into police abuses in the wake of the Rodney King beating, reports...
The first President Bush at least had the courage to go against his own party despite the public perception of him being a wimp ( Doonesbury Cartoon Bush was a Waffle ). and tried the cops in the Rodney King case on Federal Charges. Something...Show More Summary
Gallup A new poll conducted by Gallup found that 13 percent of Americans believe racism is the country's most important problem, up from just 1 percent in November. It's the highest that number has been since the death of Rodney King...Show More Summary
I was a young teenager, but I recall the Los Angeles riots that took place in response to the acquittal of the police officers responsible for beating Rodney King in 1992. His mistreatment, caught on a VHS tape, was a springboard for...Show More Summary
Twenty-three years ago, an African-American man, Rodney King, was beaten by police officers from the Los Angeles police department. A bystander, George Holliday, captured the abuse on his handy-cam. This now-historic video prompted international...Show More Summary
While the white police sergeant supervising the Rodney King arrest was sent to prison by the feds, the black female NYPD sergeant supervising Eric Garner's has been offered immunity.
Correction: Thursday's newsletter incorrectly stated that Rodney King died in a police beating. King's injuries in the 1991 incident were not fatal, and he died in 2012. "It's not a ghost. It's gravity," Matthew McConaughey's character...Show More Summary
Given the news, this might be a good time to read or re-read the following books: Official Negligence, an extraordinary book which Lou Cannon wrote about Rodney King and the LAPD. [It has a lot on L.A.'s decision to abandon the choke hold.] Verbal Judo by George Thompson. Show More Summary
Wednesday night on CNN, in reaction to the news that a grand jury declined to indict the New York City Police officer involved in the chokehold death of Eric Garner, filmmaker Spike Lee compared the Garner case to the Rodney King case...Show More Summary
1992. It was a tough time to be a Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney in the period after the Rodney King beating and the riots that followed the acquittal of the police who beat him. The police hated us because they went from being our witnesses in most cases, to the defendants in the most high profile case in the country. Show More Summary
In August 1992, nearly three months to the day after the four LAPD officers that beat black motorist Rodney King were acquitted on nearly all charges by a jury with no blacks on it, Lourdes G. Baird, the United States Attorney for California's...Show More Summary
Like Rodney King and Trayvon Williams, Michael Brown's treatment is now a symbol of America's deepest failings
On March 22, 1991, a visibly shaken and angered President George H.W. Bush said he was "sickened and outraged" by what he saw on television. That was the beating of black motorist Rodney King by a swarm of LAPD cops. A year later, following...Show More Summary
“As Ferguson waits, some lessons from the Rodney King riots” [Radley Balko] “ACLU wins federal court orders on right to video police in Ferguson, elsewhere” [St. Louis Post-Dispatch] “What charges could the Michael Brown grand jury consider,...Show More Summary
Mainstream media accounts of Michael Brown of Ferguson fame repeatedly refer to him as an "unarmed teenager." You may recall Rodney King and the repeated press references to him as a "motorist." Trayvon Martin, we were often told, was a...
Dr. Elizabeth Loftus. Photo by the author Ted Bundy, O.J. Simpson, Timothy McVeigh, Michael Jackson, Rodney King, Martha Stewart, and Oliver North--Dr. Elizabeth Loftus has testified on behalf of them all. The cognitive psychologist is recognized as the world's foremost authority on false memory formation. Show More Summary
Lemme get this all straight: Jennifer Lopez can flash her granny ass all over da stage, but da second my sexy, young boy #BBare gives y’all some dark sexual chocolate, mothafuckas be booing his ass? Dat’s some Rodney King shit right here. Next you gonna tell me my boy can’t drink from da same water Read More...
PlayMakers Reparatory Company A poetic rhythm-charged look at the flawed everyman behind the myth. King endured police brutality, the glare of an unrelenting media and notoriety as the symbolic spark of the LA riots. His plaintive "Can we all get along?" remains an open question in America's complicated relationship with race. Show More Summary