His beating shocked the nation, and left the City of Los Angeles burning. As the city was in flames, Rodney King asked for peace.
But peace didn’t ever seem to come for him — even after the fires were out, and after he recovered from the severe injuries he sustained from the beating from the police. Rodney King died yesterday, his life a constant struggle through the years, even though the city he lived in tried to move forward, and progress had been made regarding police brutality.
We can't forget, those images of a driver curled up on the ground while four white officers clubbed him more than 50 times with batons —they became a national symbol of police brutality in 1991. More than a year later, now 20 years ago, the officers' acquittals shocked the nation and touched off one of the most destructive race riots in history. And then the image of his scarred face and THE question — "Can we all get along?" — moved so many of us and the nation started to confront more and more issues of racial tension.
"Rodney King was a symbol of civil rights and he represented the anti-police brutality and anti-racial profiling movement of our time," Reverend Al Sharpton said. "Through all that he had gone through with his beating and his personal demons, he was never one to not call for reconciliation and for people to overcome and forgive."
“Can we all get along?”Peace