Rodney King’s ‘Can we all get along’ still matters – Orange County Register
Rodney Glen King’s plea for peace echoes from his resting place at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills.
It’s written on his grave marker: “Can we all get along.”
Police officers form a line as demonstrators make their point about the verdicts in the Rodney King beating trial. The all-white jury’s decision to acquit four Los Angeles police officers sparked days of violence 25 years ago in Los Angeles and surrounding areas.
A Los Angeles store owner works to save his market during the second day of rioting on April 30, 1992.
Looters charge into a store during the 1992 Los Angeles Riots.
A California Highway Patrol officer stands guard in riot gear in the Koreatown section of Los Angeles during the riots of 1992.
The afternoon sunlight hits the gravesite of Rodney King at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills) in Los Angeles. (Photo by Ed Crisostomo, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)
Rodney King calls for an end to the violence on May 1, 1992: “People, I just want to say, you know, can we all get along?”
A file photo of Rodney King taken three days after his videotaped police beating in Los Angeles on March 6, 1991, shows injuries he suffered. The photo was one of three introduced into evidence by the prosecution in the 1992 trial of four Los Angeles Police Department officers, who were acquitted by an all-white jury. The verdicts sparked rioting 25 years ago that spread across the city and into neighboring suburbs.
Looters lie prone on the ground behind stores near the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. as officers stand over them. (Photo by Dean Musgrove, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)
Members of the news media, right, photograph rioters hours after the verdicts in the Rodney King beating trial were announced on April 29, 1992. The unrest lasted six days and left at least 55 people dead and more than 2,000 injured.
Back in 1992, Rev. Mark Whitlock was a member of the board at First African Methodist Episcopal Church of…