Jack Murray of allgoodtales.com tells Ciara how the filming of the beating of Rodney King sent shockwaves around the world
Is being in the right place at the right time luck, or is it destiny?
How would you react if you found yourself at that moment? If you had the instinct and ability to capture it perfectly, there is only word to describe it - journalism.
This is about someone caught in one of those moments.
In the early morning of March third 1991, after a night of drinking and watching basketball at friends house, three young African American men got into a 1989 Hyundai excel and began to drive through the streets of Los Angeles.
They were in high spirits. The driver – Rodney King - had just gotten word he had a job with a construction company and wanted to celebrate.
Two Californian Highway Patrol officers were stationed on the 210 Freeway. They noticed the car speeding and set off in pursuit.
King, who was 25, was on parole for robbery and feared his probation would be revoked.
He panicked and sped up. The police took chase. At the wheel a million thoughts ran through his mind, where could he go? How would he lose the police? What would happen if he was caught?
After a short pursuit it was becoming clear they couldn’t outrun the police. King drove through Lake View Terrace, a quiet middle-class area of LA. He didn’t want to stop anywhere isolated and eventually picked a spot outside an apartment block.
By this time several police cars and a helicopter were involved. They all converged on the vehicle and King was ordered out of the car.
At the same time George Holliday, a British born plumber, was awoken by the sounds of the helicopter outside and the lights from the police cars flooding his bedroom.
Holliday went out to his balcony to see what was going on. The scene which greeted him made him run back inside. A Sony handycam which he had recently bought was lying on a table.
As three police officers raised their batons over Rodney King, Holiday pressed record on his camera. Little did he know that he was about to create a media moment that would change the world.
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