April 22, 2017 § Leave a comment
By far one of the best documentaries you will ever see, from award winning directors, Dan Lindsay and TJ Martin.
Once again, on the National Geographic Channel April 30th at 9/8c!
April 29th through May 4, 2017 will mark the 25th Anniversary of the L.A. Race Riots, which were triggered as a result of three out of the four Caucasian policemen in Los Angeles, who were charged and acquitted of all charges of assault with a deadly weapon and use of excessive force, on the African American taxi driver, Rodney King. The riots were also a result of the death of the fifteen year old African American honor roll student, Latasha Harlins, who was shot dead by a Korean convenient store cashier, for stealing an orange juice.
Rodney King and two passengers had been pulled over for a traffic violation following a high-speed car chase on March 3, 1991, when he was suspected of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, and although, yes, Rodney King did obtain a previous arrest history for robbery and domestic violence, he was clearly a victim of excessive force and police brutality, having been tasered two times, kicked seven times, and beaten with a baton up to 56 times by LA police for continuously trying to get up while being instructed to stay down on the ground.
To look at both sides of the situation, the police are confronted with dangerous situations on a routine basis where they are trying to protect the public and themselves from harm, and are required to restrain unruly, drunk and people who are detoxing off of toxic substances that are deemed a threat to the safety of others. They are uncertain of what someone is capable of carrying out.
In the age before iPhones, George Holliday, filmed and recorded the events from his balcony on a Sony camcorder, and submitted it to the local news station. It soon went global, and changed his life forever.
The documentary demonstrates the events as they unfolded from the frontlines using intense footage of the beatings, interviews of Rodney King shortly after, the riots and deterioration of race relations between Asian Americans and African Americans in South Central Los Angeles. The six days of unrest, looting, and burning buildings, cost the city over $1 billion dollars in damages, and 50 lives lost.
Sunday 4/23 8:30pm Regal-4
Tuesday 4/25 6:30pm CIN-08
Thursday 4/27 3:45pm CIN-02