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Korean-American Whose Family Store Was Looted During the L.A. Riots Tells His Story in ‘Gook’

On March 3, 1991, taxi driver Rodney King was beaten by four police officers in Los Angeles following a high speed car chase. George Holliday, a witness on scene, videotaped the incident from his balcony and sent the footage to local news station KTLA, drawing outrage amongst the African American community.

All four officers were acquitted of charges of assault with a deadly weapon and use of excessive force. Within hours of the acquittals, the 1992 Los Angeles riots started, stemming from frustration and outrage on how Blacks were treated by police.