Who won a claim for $3.8 million in damages after his 1991 beating by Los Angeles police officers?
Answer: In 1991, a videotape circulated around the world of Rodney King being beaten by L.A.P.D. officers after an eight mile high speed chase. The video became one of the biggest police brutality cases in history. After the state trial, three of the four L.A.P.D. officers were acquitted and the jury didn’t reach a verdict for the fourth. The acquittals sparked the 1992 Los Angeles riots and eventually led to a federal trial where two officers were found guilty and the other two were acquitted. King was eventually awarded $3.8 million in a civil trial for the injuries he sustained.
Rodney Glen King was a taxi driver who became internationally known after being beaten by Los Angeles Police Department officers following a high-speed car chase on March 3, 1991.
Born: 2 April 1965, Sacramento, California, United States
Died: 17 June 2012, Rialto, California, United States
Height: 1.91 m
Cause of death: Drowning
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