Rodney King by BruceM

Champion(s):

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Runner(s)-Up:

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Quiz Description

March 3rd was the 28th anniversary of the Rodney King beating, as caught on tape by George Holliday. Four officers were charged with excessive force but a jury controversially acquitted them.

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Questions:

The officers charged were Laurence Powell, Timothy Wind, Theodore Briseno, and which police sergeant? Powell and this author of Presumed Guilty: The Tragedy of the Rodney King Affair were later convicted on federal charges and sentenced to 30 months in prison.

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Stacey Koon

Ostensibly because of pre-trial publicity, the state trial was held not in Los Angeles but rather what city? This home of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library is about 40 miles northwest of downtown LA.

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Simi Valley

The post-acquittal riots were described in "April 29, 1992," a song by which band? According to the lyrics of a different song, this ska punk band does not practice Santeria, nor does it have a crystal ball.

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Sublime

Rioting began the night before the airing of the series finale of which TV show? In "And So We Commence," Theo graduates and Olivia moves to Singapore. The star of this show urged would-be rioters to stay inside and watch the show instead.

(That star began a prison sentence in September 2018.)

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The Cosby Show

Which baseball team was supposed to visit the Los Angeles Dodgers the weekend of May 1-3, 1992, but instead played three straight doubleheaders at Dodger Stadium on their next west coast trip that July? Dennis Martinez and Larry Walker led this team to an 87-75 record that year.

Two years later this team would have the best record in baseball when a strike cut short the 1994 season.

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Montreal Expos

At the intersection of Florence Avenue and Normandie, what construction truck driver was beaten, nearly to death, the evening of April 29th?

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Reginald Denny

The riots happened near the end of the 20 years in office of which mayor of Los Angeles?

His unexpected loss in the 1982 California governor's race gave rise to his eponymous effect, a theory that white voters intending to vote for a white candidate over a non-white candidate would be reluctant to tell pollsters their true opinion.

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Tom Bradley

What attorney chaired the Independent Commission on the Los Angeles Police Department (known informally by his name)? He was later Secretary of State, serving under Bill Clinton.

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Warren Christopher

What Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department attended a political fundraising dinner the night of April 29? In July 1991 he had announced his intention to resign, but he did not actually leave the position until June 1992.

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Daryl Gates

"People, I just want to say, you know, can we all just [BLANK]? Can we [BLANK]? Can we stop making it, making it horrible for the older people and the kids?"

What two-word phrase fills in both of those blanks (same phrase each time) of Rodney King speaking out on May 1, 1992?

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get along

King later appeared on the reality shows Celebrity Rehab and Sober House, both produced by what celebrity addiction specialist?

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Drew Pinsky

King survived the beating, but cops kill over 250 black people each year in the U.S.

One of those is what nutrition services supervisor (and concealed carry permit holder), killed in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, in July 2016? Officer Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted of manslaughter 11 months later. This man's girlfriend live-streamed much of the traffic stop (following the fatal shot) to Facebook.

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Philando Castile