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The Los Angeles Police Department vs Rodney Glenn King Rodney Glenn King a native of south east Los Angeles watched a basketball game and drank one 40oz bottle of Olde English 800 after another It would affect everyone black and white and would even bring skeletons out of the closet for past civil rights activists March 3 1991 Its 1230 am A Hyundai driving at high speeds reaching 117 mph at its peak ignores flashing lights from behind and pulls on to an exit ramp Soon helicopters and other police vehicles are on the scene and following the high speed car chase Officer Singer ordered the vehicles occupants to get out Pooh Allen and Freddie Helms acquaintances of Kings complied King remained in the vehicle King was Surrounded by the LAPD Los Angeles Police Department and was even hit twice with a tazer a form of an electric stun gun All of the commotion awakened George Holliday from inside of his apartment complex Hoping to see some action he began filming the scene with his new video recorder As the scene came in to focus Holliday was amazed at what he saw Officers Powell and Wind began striking King repeatedly over a minute and a half of film footage George Holliday knew he had captured something of great importance Holliday took his film to the Los it in to air play that evening on the local news From thaton every news program found in North America Police Chief Daryl Gates called the use of force very very extreme and later stated For King was released without charges Accusations of the officers using unnecessary force the LAPD considered by many the finest most professional police department in the world it was more then extreme It was impossible Rumors of possible racial discrimination were flying all through out the state of California All of the officers at the Initially few people considered race an issue
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