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Civil rights symbol Rodney King had found forgiveness

Civil rights symbol Rodney King had found forgiveness
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM 

Rodney King, who became a symbol for civil rights and police brutality in 1991, was found dead at the bottom of a swimming pool in Rialto, California on Sunday.

King had been 25 years old and on parole from a robbery conviction when was stopped by police for speeding on March 3, 1991. According to the Detroit Free Press, four Los Angeles police officers hit him more than 50 times with batons, kicked him and shot him with stun guns.

King suffered a broken eye socket, numerous skull fractures, and facial nerve damage in the beating. Meanwhile, a man videotaped most of the incident and gave a copy to a TV station.

A three-month trial took place in predominantly white Simi Valley, and three of the officers were acquitted of all charges. There were no black members on the jury. A year later, two of the officers were found guilty of civil rights charges.

 

Niagara Falls high wire star Nik Wallenda: Grand Canyon next stop?

Niagara Falls high wire star Nik Wallenda: Grand Canyon next stop?
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Fresh off his 1,800-feet, 25-minute historic walk across Niagara Falls on Friday, American aerialist Nik Wallenda was ready to move on to the next item on his bucket li...

In Michigan House, 'vagina' and 'vasectomy' are no-no words

In Michigan House, 'vagina' and 'vasectomy' are no-no words
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Two legislators were banned from speaking in the Michigan House of Representatives following their comments on a bill regarding added restrictions to abortion providers...

Ku Klux Klan and ACLU? Georgia highway adoption could have strange parents

Ku Klux Klan and ACLU? Georgia highway adoption could have strange parents
BY MIKE OLIVA
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Adopt A Highway is a great program to brand an organization or company while supporting a neighboring community, unless the group is a far-right anti-Semitic hate gro...

Chicago murder rate worse than Afghanistan war zone

Chicago murder rate worse than Afghanistan war zone
BY MAKINI BRICE
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Since 2001, 1,976 Americans have died in Afghanistan. During that same period in time, 5,056 murders have taken place in Chicago.

Chicago increasingly resembles a wa...

White high school graduate with black scholarship award praised for returning money

White high school graduate with black scholarship award praised for returning money
BY ANGELA DAIDONE
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

A recent high school graduate recently made national news – and for all the right reasons.

Jeffrey Warren, a 17-year-old, applied for several scholarships, includi...

N.Y. principal who chose Justin Bieber over 'God Bless the USA' is no stranger to controversy

N.Y. principal who chose Justin Bieber over 'God Bless the USA' is no stranger to controversy
BY GINA G. SCALA
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The Coney Island public school principal, Greta Hawkins, who sparked a nationwide controversy when she banned a song embracing American pride from a kindergarten g...

Cause of Obama cabinet member John Bryson’s hit-and-run remains unknown

Cause of Obama cabinet member John Bryson’s hit-and-run remains unknown
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

San Gabriel police and the Los Angeles County Sherriff’s Department are investigating two hit-and-run accidents involving U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson this past ...

Auburn University shooting suspect Desmonte Leonard still a wanted man

Auburn University shooting suspect Desmonte Leonard still a wanted man
BY GINA G. SCALA
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

AUBURN, Ala.,-The federal manhunt for the Alabama man accused of fatally shooting three men, including two former Auburn University football players, and injuring ...

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