James Earl Jones hosts this revealing look back at the Los Angeles Rebellion that came in the wake of the jury decision in the first trial of the police officers who beat Rodney King. Through interviews with principals in the case, enhanced FBI footage of the beating, and shocking film of the riots, this documentary offers a detailed examination of the factors that contributed to one of the great periods of civil unrest of the 20th century.
On April 29, 1992, the city of Los Angeles, California erupted into violence after four white LAPD officers were acquitted of charges for the beating of Black motorist Rodney King for failing to stop in March of 1991. In the epicenter of the unrest the intersection of Florence and Normandie a Mexican-American family watched as violence ensued. The neighborhood was looted,set ablaze, and drivers were pulled from their cars and beaten. With the help of their neighbors which included key figures involved in the rioting the Priebe family was protected. This documentary film includes mixed media that brings to life the retellings of local Angelenos who experienced tragedy and trauma while also discussing issues of racial injustice and police brutality in the U.S.
In April of 1992, the controversial verdicts handed down in the Rodney King case led to an uprising in the streets of Los Angeles that few in the city will ever forget. This investigative report, courtesy of uses interviews and home video footage to examine numerous aspects of this tragic event. Topics covered include why both the National Guard and the LAPD hesitated to respond to the uprising, and how the uprising led to hostilities between city officials.
The Los Angeles Rebellion, unlike the previous race uprisings in the United States, was a multiracial uprising involving the Black, White, Latino and Asian immigrants. It was also a rebellion that was driven by the media, competing for ratings against the newly emerged 24-hour news. This documentary explores the looming racial violence in America in this global century.