Photos: Cases of Police Brutality

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Rodney King

The March 1991 police beating of Rodney King is probably the most notorious police beating of all time. After Los Angeles police officers pulled over King’s vehicle for speeding, a video – taped by a private citizen – showed four white officers brutally striking King with their batons. After the footage was released, people were outraged, raising racial tensions between Blacks and the police. The officers’ acquittal by a state court for their roles in the beating led to 1992’s Los Angeles riots.

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