Rodney King

Rodney King

2018
44" x 24”
Archival print

On March 3, 1991, Rodney King (b. 1965 – d.2012) while driving home under the influence with friends Bryant Allen and Freddie Helms, refuses to pull over for speeding and attempts to outrun police. Eventually pulling over at the advice of Allen at the intersection of Foothill Boulevard and Osborne Street in Lake View Terrace, King is tasered and savagely beaten by LAPD officers. George Holliday, an Argentine plumber, records the events on a video camera from his apartment across the street.

Holliday's video was shown on news stations across the country and internationally. With the acquittal of the four officers charged with using excessive force, rioting in Los Angeles broke out, lasting 6 days killing 53 and injuring over 2,000, ending only with the use of the California National Guard and U.S. military to re-establish control.

The image is composed from approximately 100 manipulated video stills.