Justified & Ancient
- Feb 17, 2017
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One for the history books. I wonder how things would have turned out if he'd have not been in the right place at the right time?
George Holliday, man who filmed Rodney King video that forever changed L.A., dies
https://www.latimes.com/obituaries/...yNXjfHACQGYCA75NjoFzoiaBODFJ4ekQ3IFQWbQ7s7NPEThe video was less than nine minutes long, dark, grainy and badly out of focus. But it changed L.A. in ways that were unfathomable and dragged George Holliday into a life he never bargained for.
Shot with a bulky Sony Handycam, the video of the Rodney King beating in 1991 tore open a city already heaving with racial tension, an era when the Los Angeles Police Department was all but an occupying force in the city’s Black neighborhoods, arriving with tanks, battering rams and brute force.
And when the four officers who beat King were acquitted the following year, the city exploded in protest and violence, thick smoke curling into the sky from Koreatown to South L.A. By the time it was over, more than 50 people had been killed and more than 2,300 were injured. The scars — both to the city’s urban core and to the psyches of its residents — remained in plain view for decades.