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Rodney King Initial ABC Report

This clip comes from a 1991 broadcast of ABC World News tonight with Peter Jennings. It is an early news account of the beating of Rodney King, an African American male who was pulled over by the LAPD and became the victim of police brutality. The altercation was caught on tape by a pedestrian with a video camera.


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