The following is the true, previously untold, story of what happened on this day in the history of black America.
Almost a full year after his vicious beating at the hands of the LAPD, Rodney King was finally cleared by his doctor to return to work as a taxi driver. During his first day back on the job, King was pulled over 14 times, breaking the LAPD record for the number of times the same driver was targeted in a single day for “driving while black”. Considered an archaic law, despite the fact that it is still enforced in a large number of counties across the United States, the single-day spike was enough to result in the permanent cancellation of King’s drivers licence.
The fact that King no longer held a valid licence was one of the factors that the mostly-white jury cited in the acquittal the LAPD officers charged over his assault. According to one juror, “I may be a simple man, but when I see a negro driving a stolen car, I know he ain’t got no licence. The police was just doin’ they job tryna give that boy a ticket.”
It was this attitude that led many to believe that systemic racism was still alive and well in the US, despite the claims of many white commentators that racism had died of a PC (an early version of PCP) overdose in the late 1970s.
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