He was a was a victim of police brutality in 1991, but the officers involved were acquitted the following year. The verdict triggered clashes between black youths and police which left 53 dead,thousands injured, more than 7,000 fires, damages to 3,100 businesses, and nearly billion in financial losses.
The beating was filmed by a bystander and part of the film was shown by media outlets across the world, causing public outrage.
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