L.A. Riots: A Look Back 20 Years Later

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Caught on Tape

King’s beating took place the night of March 2, 1991, when he was cornered by police after a high-speed chase on the freeway. When police were unable to subdue King (who was under the influence of alcohol) to handcuff and arrest him, he was shot with a stun gun and then beaten with batons by three white police officers and one Latino officer. The beating was caught on tape by a bystander, and its release and the photos of King’s bloodied and bruised face shocked the nation. 

(Photo: AP Photo/George Holliday/Courtesy of KTLA Los Angeles, File)

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