Riots erupted in downtown Los Angeles after the acquittal of LA police officers who were videotaped beating ______ following a high-speed chase. The events opened a discussion about race and police brutality in America in the 1990s.

Answer Rodney King

Following the acquittal of the officers, riots erupted. More than 50 people died and there was $1 billion in property damage as a result. The jury for King's trial was predominantly white and had no black members. Not until a year later were two African Americans added to the jury. Black Americans were frustrated with police brutality and the use of excessive force. This is still an important issue that affects our nation.

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