Before there was Eric Garner, before there was Philando Castile, there was Rodney King. On March 3rd 1991 Rodney King was stopped by LAPD after a high speed car chased and was beaten severely by members of the Los Angeles Police Department. Someone close by took a video recording of the altercation from their balcony and sent it to a local news station, and it did not take long for the story to go national. The King incident gave validity to the claim African Americans had been making about police brutality and the video tape sparked a national conversation. Unfortunately, the police offers were not convicted, thereby causing the 1992 LA riots.
The link to the video of Rodney King being beaten by the police is: