1991, March 3: African-American construction worker Rodney King becomes nationally known after being beaten by Los Angeles police officers following a high-speed car chase. George Holliday videotapes much of it from his balcony, and the footage raises public concern about police treatment of minorities.
On this day in 1991, a young black man named Rodney King was arrested in Los Angeles after a high speed chase. He was tasered and repeatedly beaten by white officers of the Los Angeles Police Department - the whole incident captured on film. The resulting trial, and acquittal, of the officers triggered city-wide riots. 3/3/91.
The “Rodney King Riots,” also known as the “Los Angeles Riots,” began April 29, 1992, after four Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers were acquitted of charges in the savage beating of Rodney King.