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Published: Sat, May 06, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

LA peace parades mark 25th anniversary of Rodney King riots

LA peace parades mark 25th anniversary of Rodney King riots

Nearly, 12,000 people were arrested after lawmakers called in the California Army National Guard, the 7th Infantry Division, and the 1st Marine Division. King, who later admitted he tried to elude authorities because he had been drinking and was on probation for a robbery conviction, pulled off the freeway and eventually stopped his auto in front of a San Fernando Valley apartment building.

It was sparked a year after a video surfaced of the officers hitting and kicking Rodney King during a traffic stop on March 3, 1991.

The decision by a largely white jury to acquit the police officers tapped into the Los Angeles black community's broader frustration about police brutality and the criminal justice system's treatment of blacks.

The last quarter-century has brought sweeping changes to the way the Los Angeles Police Department operates, according to current and former city officials, reducing some of the mistrust many residents feel toward law enforcement.

March 4, 1991 - Holliday delivers the tape to local television station KTLA. The 1991 beating by club-wielding Los Angeles police officers was depicted in a videotape made by a man who witnessed the incident from his balcony.

- November 26, 1991 - The officers' trial is moved to Simi Valley, California, a almost all-white suburb 30 miles north of downtown Los Angeles that is home to a large number of LA police officers after a court determines the case's massive publicity and the highly charged political environment it created might not allow them to receive a fair trial in their own city. Riots start at the intersection of Florence and Normandie in South Central Los Angeles. Gov. Pete Wilson complies with Bradley's request to send in the National Guard.

Despite the progress, almost 6 in 10 Angelenos also said they expect another riot similar to the 1992 unrest, marking the first increase after 20 years of declines, according to the Los Angeles Times.

May 1, 1992 • King makes an emotional plea for calm, stating, "People, I just want to say, can we all get along?" Reginald Denny, a white truck driver, is pulled from his truck and beaten.

April 17, 1993 • The federal jury convicts Koon and Powell of violating King's civil rights.

April 19, 1994 - The US District Court in Los Angeles awards King $3.8 million in compensatory damages in a civil lawsuit against the City of Los Angeles. The settlement resolves a long legal battle during which the city and King sued each other.

June 17, 2012 • King, 47, is found dead in the swimming pool of his home in Rialto, Calif. Cause of death is ruled a drowning.

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