Rodney King, ffigwr allweddol yn L.A. terfysgoedd, yn farw yn 47
wreiddiol gan: Detroit Free Press
gyhoeddi: 17 Mehefin 2012
Rodney King, y modurwr du y mae eu 1991 videotaped beating by Los Angeles police officers was the touchstone for one of the most destructive race riots in the nation’s history, wedi marw, his publicist said today. King was 47. His death was confirmed to the Associated Press by Suzanne Wickham of Harper Collins, who published King’s 2012 book ‘The Riot Within .My Journey from Rebellion to Redemption.’
Mae'r 1992 terfysgoedd, set off by the acquittals of the officers, lasted three days and left 55 people dead, mwy na 2,000 injured and swaths of Los Angeles on fire. At the height of the violence, King pleaded on television: “Can we all get along?”
King was stopped for speeding on a darkened street on March 3, 1991. Four Los Angeles police officers hit him more than 50 times with their batons, kicked him and shot him with stun guns.
A man who had quietly stepped outside his home to observe the commotion videotaped most of it and turned a copy over to a TV station. It was played over and over for the following year, inflaming racial tensions across the country.
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