Echoes of Rodney King

Last night, a grand jury decided not to indict Darren Wilson for the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown. As protesters took to the streets, they chanted the words, “No justice, no peace”—an echo of similar protests that arose in 1992 after a jury acquitted the officers involved in the Rodney King beating.

Many of the same issues and outrages that surrounded the Rodney King trial are flaring up again in response to the events in Ferguson. So today, we’re presenting two videos from our archive about what happened in L.A. 22 years ago.

This second video comes from “Spin” by Brian Springer. Using footage pulled from live satellite feeds, Springer illustrates how news media failed to adequately explain race relations while reporting on the Rodney King trial.

Today is also the 27th anniversary of the death of beloved Chicago Mayor Harold Washington. In his memory, we present “Impressions of Harold,” a wonderful video portrait by Bill Stamets.

 

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