Today in History: April 19, 1994

Jury Awards Rodney King $3.8 Million

In a civil suit against the City of Los Angeles, a jury awards Rodney King $3.8 million in damages for the conduct of Los Angeles police officers when King was apprehended and arrested in March 1991. Amateur video footage of the incident, which shows King receiving more than 50 baton blows and kicks from police, received nationwide attention. Three police officers were acquitted of assault charges related to King’s arrest in April 1992, and the jury deadlocked on charges against a fourth officer. One year later, a federal jury in Los Angeles will convict two officers of depriving King of his civil rights; two other officers will be acquitted.