the L.A. riot exploded after the verdict was announced in the
Rodney King case
March 3, 1991 – King pursued in high-speed car chase
by L.A. police officers – ‘Tasered’, but did not succumb to the
weapon – subsequently beaten with batons (56 times hit) causing
multiple fractures, nerve damage, broken ankle, etc.
George Holliday, living in an apartment overlooking the incident,
Holliday’s tape shown over and over again on national news