10 Most Controversial Jury Verdicts

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  • Michael Jackson
  • O.J. Simpson
  • Rodney King
  • John Hinckley Jr.
  • Dan White
  • George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin
  • Casey Anthony
  • Johannes Mehserle
  • Amanda Knox
  • Sean Bell

Rodney King Beating Trial

In a 1991 incident that was videotaped by a bystander and reported widely across national media, Rodney King was viciously beaten by Los Angeles Police officers following a highway traffic stop. Four officers were charged with assault with a deadly weapon and excessive force, but were all cleared of wrongdoing. Igniting racial tensions, the not guilty verdicts launched the infamous 1992 riots, in which 53 people were killed and thousands more injured.

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