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From MLK to Rodney King to George Floyd, how video is changing our view of police

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Police brutality existed for centuries, but cameras on our phones are capturing it and social media’s putting it in our faces.

Jody Armour remembers the first time he saw a video of Rodney King being beaten by Los Angeles police officers in the spring of 1991. And the second time. And the third time. And many after that. 

The video of police beating King, an unarmed black man, in a parking lot had saturated the airwaves shortly after it happened on March 3. Newly launched 24-hour cable news networks like CNN played it on a near constant loop.





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