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RODNEY GLEN KING | April 2, 1965 – June 17, 2012

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1991 Rodney King beating immortalized  on videotape


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Rodney King, whose savage beating by Los Angeles policemen in 1991 was captured on camcorder videotape and transmitted worldwide. America’s militarized police culture of cruelty and brutality and homicide that targets people of color in general — and African American males in particular — endures.

Amadou Diallo 1999 | Sean Bell 2006 | Oscar Grant 2010

Jennifer Medina: Rodney King 1965-2012 | Police Beating Victim Who Asked, ‘Can We All Get Along?’ (NYTimes.com, June 17, 2012)

Sylvester Monroe: Rodney King’s Legacy: A Civil Right Symbol (The Root, June 18, 2012)

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