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Journalist Kurt Streeter: Remembering Rodney King

March 24, 2016

It has been 25 years since Los Angeles police officers were videotaped beating Rodney King after a high-speed chase. It was the first police brutality video to go viral.

Four officers were criminally charged for the beating, but then acquitted by a mostly white jury. The acquittal set off the Los Angeles riots on April 29, 1992. Two days later, Rodney King pleaded for calm, asking “Can we all get along?”

As a reporter for the Los Angeles Times, Kurt Streeter wrote about King and eventually became closely acquainted with him. Streeter talks about the Rodney King he came to know and how the beating, the acquittal, the riots and his death affected law enforcement and race relations in America.

Enrique Cerna

The son of Mexican immigrants, Enrique Cerna was born and raised in the Yakima Valley.  Enrique joined KCTS 9 in January, 1995. He has anchored current affairs programs, moderated statewide political debates, produced and reported stories for national PBS programs in addition to local documentaries on social and juvenile justice, the environment and Latinos in Washington State.

Enrique has earned nine Northwest Emmy Awards and numerous other honors. In June, 2013, he was inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Northwest Chapter’s Silver Circle for his work as a television professional.

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