Rodney G. King (1965–2012) was an African-American man.
He also happened to be a victim of police brutality.
On March 3, 1991, he was beaten by LAPD (Los Angeles Police Department) officers during his arrest, which followed a high-speed chase on I-210.
The event was videotaped by a disinterested 3rd party. That tape was sent to local TV news station KTLA.
What transpired was for all to see and irrefutable evidence of what some suspected happens all too often.