Perspective | Video of the police assault of Rodney King shocked us. But what did it change?

The assault on King became national news because Lake View Terrace resident George Holliday captured nine minutes of it on his camcorder. That video footage became evidence in the high-profile 1992 trial against four LAPD officers. And, of course, the juxtaposition between the horrific scenes on that videotape and the jury acquittal of the officers was a catalyst for that year’s Los Angeles riots.

But that moment between the traffic stop and the trial verdict is important. The powerful…

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