Tupac gets involved in the 1992 LA Riots. – The riots erupted on April 29 after a trial jury acquitted four LAPD police officers of the use of excessive force in the videotaped arrest and brutal beating of Rodney King following a high-speed police chase.
2Pac interview with Swedish reporter about L.A. riots
Video shot by amateur cameraman George Holliday from the balcony of his Lake View Terrace apartment shows what appears to be a group of police officers beating a man with nightsticks and kicking him as other officers look on; the clip aired on KTLA.
March 3, 1991, The brutal beating of Rodney King by the Los Angeles police
On April 29, 1992, a jury in Ventura County acquitted four LAPD officers of beating Rodney G. King. / Video
The beating, caught on amateur videotape, sparked a national debate about police brutality and racial injustice. After the verdict, angry crowds gathered on street corners across Los Angeles. The intersection of Florence and Normandie in South L.A. became the flash point, but it was a scene eerily repeated in many parts of the city in the hours that followed.
The 1992 Los Angeles riots, also known as the Rodney King riots
Date: April 29 – May 4, 1992, Los Angeles, US
Causes: Reaction to acquittal of policemen on trial in beating of Rodney King
Casualties: Death(s) – 55, Injuries – 2,000+, Arrested – 11,000+
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