Jul 28, 2020

Rodney King: Camera that captured 1991 beating to be auctioned

The camera used to film the beating of Rodney King by Los Angeles police in 1991, a case that triggered deadly race riots, is to be auctioned this week. The police brutality against King was filmed on the camera by bystander George Holliday. The beating left King with brain damage, but the white officers involved were acquitted a year later. While the use of excessive force was not uncommon in that era, what made the King beating unusual is that it was captured on camera. The video of King's beating ushered in the modern era of citizenship journalism, where bystanders film incidents of police brutality and share them online.

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