On March 3, 1991 Rodney King was brutality beaten by cops. The incident was taped from a distance. The footage showed 7 cops surrounding King. Other officers watched as it happened without taking action and stopping them. This incident caused tension between the black community and the LAPD. Around the time of the incident rappers started making voice-overs sounding like a redneck talking about Rodney King and using the incident as a threat against other black people.
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