Twenty years ago, a Southern California jury was weighing the fates of four police officers accused of brutally beating black motorist Rodney King after a traffic stop. Their subsequent acquittal touched off several days of race riots in Los Angeles that left 55 people dead, 2,300 injured and 1,500 buildings damaged or destroyed.
In marking two decades since Los Angeles burned, local television news station KNBC-TV is putting a new media spin on things, live-tweeting events as they happened in 1992.
The Twitter account @RealTimeLARiots kicked off April 20, chronicling the end of the trial of the four officers — three white, one Hispanic — accused of beating King.
“On April 29 at 3:15 p.m., the verdict will be announced and the account will shift focus to the riots, complete with archive footage, photos and breaking news from around Los Angeles,” KNBC explained. “Each @RealTimeLARiots tweet corresponds to the actual date and time (sometimes down to the minute) of each major event as it unfolded back in 1992.”
See more tweets here.
While speaking to a crowd of cheering college students at the University of Colorado in Boulder Tuesday, President Obama singled out Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) for recent comments she made about student loans.
“I have very little tolerance for people who tell me that they graduate with $200,000 of debt or even $80,000 of debt because there’s no reason for that,” Rep. Foxx said in a radio interview.
“We live in an opportunity society and people are forgetting that. I remind folks all the time that the Declaration of Independence says ‘life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.’ You don’t sit on your butt and have it dumped in your lap,” she added.
Rep. Foxx’s comments offered the president an opportunity to contrast his newfound concern for struggling college students with fiscally minded Republican and Tea Party candidates.
“I want to read a quote. This is from a Republican congresswoman. I didn’t really understand this. I’m quoting her,” the president said.
“She said that she has ‘very little tolerance for people who tell me they graduate with debt…because there’s no reason for that.’ She said, students who rack up student loan debt are just sitting on their butts, having opportunity ‘dumped in your lap.’”
“You guys can Google her or what have you,” President Obama added.
see the video here.
Multiple speakers preached explicit violence at the Occupy The Justice Department rally in Washington DC Tuesday. Speeches at this event were focused on Trayvon Martin and freedom for radical journalist and convicted cop killer, Mumia Abu-Jamal.
Rapper Jay Sun began the rally with a violence-laden plea: ”I would just ask, if I ever go locked up or incarcerated, please don’t march for me. Don’t rally for me. I want you to start killing Mother F***ers!”
He went on to explain, “It seems funny, but that’s the only thing a Government would listen to,” adding, “I would want people who would effectively get the task at hand done.”
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