Pitts: Hapless icon’s question had to be asked
There was always something hapless about Rodney King.
He entered the nation’s consciousness – and its conscience – as a shambling drunk, an unemployed black construction worker who tried to outrun L.A. police rather than be arrested for drunken driving. The result was a police beating, surreptitiously captured on video, so profoundly vicious that the chief of police himself said it made him sick.
In 1992, when a suburban jury – conspicuously bleached of black jurors – acquitted four white police officers of any crime, the City of Angels went crazy, erupting in one of the worst urban riots in modern American history.
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