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King, Rodney

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary EnglishKing, RodneyRodney KingKing, Rod‧ney /ˈrɒdni $ ˈrɑːd-/  (1965–2012) an African-American man who was violently attacked by a group of white police officers in Los Angeles in 1991. The attack was filmed by a member of the public, and this film was later shown on US television. When the police officers were judged in a court of law in 1992, the jury decided that they were not guilty of being too violent, and this led to riots (=violent public protests) in Los Angeles. Many people in the US thought that this event proved that African Americans were still not being treated fairly by the legal system.
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