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I realize I will always be the poster child for police brutality, but I can try to use that as a positive force for healing and restraint.

Rodney King

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Mitigation cited by the judge in the determining the length of the prison sentence included the suffering the officers had undergone because of the extensive publicity their case had received the impending loss of their careers as police officers their vulnerability to abuse in prison and their having been subjected to two trials. King is then placed in handcuffs and cordcuffs restraining his arms and legs. After a judicial finding that a fair and impartial jury could not be impaneled in Los Angeles County the case was given a change of venue to the city of Simi Valley in Ventura County where they were tried.

The videotaped footage shows five Los Angeles area officers surrounding King and several of them striking him repeatedly. The videotape also increased public sensitivity to and anger about police brutality racism and other social inequalities throughout the United States. The riots ended after soldiers from the United States Army National Guard along with United States Marines from nearby Camp Pendleton California were called in to assist local authorities and quell the riots.

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