On April 29th, 1992, a jury acquitted four officers of any charges in relation to the brutal beating of Rodney King by Los Angeles police officers in March of 1992. A man residing in an apartment nearby, George Holliday, recorded the horrific beating of Rodney King by LAPD, who was viciously struck over 30 times with batons, kicked over 7 times, and tasered twice. The video was aired by media around the world, and by the time the mostly white jury acquitted the police of their charges, justified rage against LAPD over the beating was boiling over.
Just after the acquittal announcement, intense riots broke out in the streets of Los Angeles as people, especially black citizens, refused to allow the beating and acquittal of the cops to simply pass quietly out of the spotlight.
Over the next six days, massive and righteous rioting and clashes with police occurred, and the federal government realized that the uprising would continue if they did not concede to demands and retry the police under federal charges for violating King's civil rights. That time, a jury found two of the officers guilting of violating King's cilvil rights by using unreasonable and excessive force, and they were both sentenced to thirty months in prison.