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Rodney King: The Riots, The Movement, And What Eventually Killed Him

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King was left with broken bones and a concussion. (dailynews.com)

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The Beating

When King left his car, the police ordered him to lie facedown on the ground. The police later claimed that King reached his hand toward his back pants pocket, leading them to believe he was reaching for a weapon. What happened next was shocking, violent, and sickening: Four Los Angeles police officers kicked the helpless King, shot him with a taser, and beat them with their night sticks for a full 15 minutes while a dozen other officers stood by and watched. The incident left him with broken bones, chipped teeth, skull fractures, and a concussion that resulted in permanent brain damage as a result. Later, the officers claimed that King had resisted arrest, but they didn’t know that the entire incident was caught on video, which indisputably showed otherwise. 

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