Rodney King Term Paper

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Rodney King and the Straw that Broke the Camel’s Back
At 12:30 A.M. on March 3, 1991, Tim and Melanie Singer, a married team of the California Highway Patrol, noticed a Hyundai speeding along the Foothill Freeway in northeastern L.A. The car belonged to Rodney Glen King, a native Californian who had recently been released from prison for threatening and assaulting a storeowner. Immediately, the Singers exited the highway, returned behind King’s vehicle, and began to pursue at speeds up to 117 mph. After nearly causing multiple accidents, King finally came to a stop outside Hansen Dam Park. Within seconds, Officers Laurence Powell, Timothy Wind, Theodore Briseno, Rolando Solano, and Sergeant Stacey Koon arrived in three LAPD cruisers
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Inglewood lacked the major retailers and malls that North Hollywood boasted. And while North Hollywood residents enjoyed air-conditioned stores and free public restrooms, those in Inglewood generally paid more money for a more limited and lower quality selection of goods. Inglewood also lacked public restrooms, and many of them had coin locks on them. Stores also tended to be less liberal with their return policies in Inglewood and offered very short warranties, if any (Tucker Jr.). Although these differences may seem subtle and even trivial at times, it was inequalities like these that planted the seeds of alienation and revolt in the minds of many minority residents. An excerpt from Roll Down Your Windows: Stories of a Forgotten America by Juan Gonzalez states, “From King to King [Martin Luther to Rodney], the years of neglect, denial, and economic inequality visited upon black and Latino America by the justice system and our so called free market have resulted in a rage unleashed to a frightening result” (68). These conditions manifested feelings of isolation, helplessness, and resentment among the minorities and lower class. Feelings so longstanding and deep rooted that all is took was the Rodney King verdict to release the passion stored in the minds of minorities in the form of violence and destruction. Each injustice was another brick thrown, another home burned to the ground, or another person dead in the streets of South

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