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IN 1992, THE acquittals of four police officers in the Rodney King beating trial led to widespread rioting and looting in Los Angeles. Rodney King, an African-American motorist, was beaten by white Los Angeles Police Department officers after he led the officers on a highspeed chase and then allegedly resisted arrest. A videotape of the incident led to the trial of the accused four officers. After a threemonth trial and seven days of deliberation, the jury acquitted the officers, and the city of Los Angeles reacted with violence.