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On April 13, 2012, Rodney King poses for a portrait in Los Angeles. The acquittal of four police officers in the videotaped beating of King sparked rioting that spread across the city and into neighboring suburbs. Cars were demolished and homes and businesses were burned.
On April 13, 2012, Rodney King poses for a portrait in Los Angeles. The acquittal of four police officers in the videotaped beating of King sparked rioting that spread across the city and into neighboring suburbs. Cars were demolished and homes and businesses were burned.
In this May 1,1992 file photo Rodney King, right, makes his first statement, pleading for an end to the rioting in South Central Los Angeles, in Los Angeles. At left is King's attorney Steven Lerman. On April 29, 1992, four white police officers were declared innocent in the beating of black motorist Rodney King, and Los Angeles erupted in the deadliest riots of the century.
Rodney King, right, and his lawyer Wilton Grimes leave the Federal Courthouse in Los Angeles in this March 22, 1994, file photo. King, whose videotaped police beating in 1991 led to deadly rioting when the officers involved were acquitted, was shot on a street corner, Wednesday night, Nov. 29, 2007, but his wounds were not life-threatening, police said.
On April 13, 2012, Rodney King poses for a portrait in Los Angeles. The acquittal of four police officers in the videotaped beating of King sparked rioting that spread across the city and into neighboring suburbs. Cars were demolished and homes and businesses were burned. Before order was restored, 55 people were dead, 2,300 injured and more than 1,500 buildings were damaged or destroyed.
Rodney King, seen here in a booking handout photo provided by the Riverside County Sheriff's Department on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, was arrested by the Moreno Valley, Calif., Police Department Tuesday on suspicion of driving under the influence. Police pulled King over after seeing him commit several alleged traffic violations. He was booked into jail for investigation of DUI. King was the black motorist whose beating by four white police officers in 1991 exposed racial wounds and led to a devastating riot in Los Angeles.