George Holiday, A plumber in Southern California who recorded an incident three decades ago that logically became the first viral video to highlight a history of racially charged tensions between black Americans and police, died Sunday (September 1). He was 61 years old.
Los Angeles Times Kovid-1 of died of complications and was hospitalized in Simi Valley, California, for more than a month.
The name of the holiday came to light in 1991 after a group of police officers recorded footage of a 25-year-old driver being beaten and stunned. Rodney King. This led to one of the most intense criminal trials seen in Los Angeles and acquitted a year later, leading to the worst urban unrest in recent American history.
It was a precursor to the use of personal recording equipment that contained moments of violence between police and civilians. It was a rare thing then, but with recent events it is now seen as common George Floyd, Ahmed Arberry, Eric Garner, Walter Scott And many more whose deaths were recorded on mobile phones held in the hands of ordinary citizens.
On the night of March 1, Holiday heard that police cars were being caught with Kings, a black man who had been patrolling the LAPD and California Highway officers for eight miles. Seeing the incident from the porch of his apartment from Hansen Dam Park, Holiday grabbed his Sony camcorder and began taking the granular, dark video.
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Like many others, Holiday itself is stunned. In 2006, it looked back, he said Bar That he did not understand the behavior of the officers.
“I thought, ‘What did this guy do that deserves to be beaten?’ I come from a different culture, where people will disappear [sic] Without any proper procedure, ”he said, referring to his upbringing in Argentina. “If there was any suspicion, the police would pick up the people. I didn’t expect that in the United States. “
The footage shows several officers beating the king with their sticks and teasing him with a taser until he is finally subdued and arrested. There was no possibility of mentioning the incident at that time as the police only saw the incident as the incident of a person resisting arrest. But Holiday sold the footage to the local television station KTLA, which aired the video and later sold it to CNN.
Once aired nationally, the video ignited outrage among the African American community and demanded reform. This is not the first time that police brutality has been debated, and for many, the video has served as an undeniable point.
About two weeks later, a fire broke out again in Los Angeles Latasha Harlins, A 15-year-old girl was shot dead by a Korean-American grocer who accused her of stealing soft drinks. This has escalated tensions in Los Angeles to a point where many felt compelled to do something.
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The real impact of the Holiday video came more than a year later, on April 29, 1992, when four officers accused of beating King: Sergeant Stacey Coon And officials Lawrence Powell, Theodore Briseno And Timothy Wind, Everyone was relieved of the attack with a deadly weapon and excessive use of the ball.
The video is still fresh in many people’s minds, it’s the spark that ignited the powder keg. Just hours after the verdict, riots broke out in Los Angeles, first from the south center and then into many parts of the city. The violence killed 63 people and caused ক্ষতি 1 billion in damage.
Holiday says he was horrified by the unrest and never expected his video to show an extreme reaction. Holiday’s life changed as he went on to reveal events that night. One first breaks up the marriage, then the second dies. From video licensing, he made some money – for example Spike Lee It was used in the opening credits of the 1991 film Malcolm X. – But over time legal bills try to get compensation from the video.
Since that time, Los Angeles has undergone a transformation, some stains of riots have remained and the place that started has been rebuilt thanks to public and private investment. King himself, who won a ক্ষতি 3.8 million loss from the city of Los Angeles, died in an accidental drowning in 2012 at the age of 47.
According to the Times, Holiday placed the infamous camera in the auction block last year and it sold for an undisclosed amount.
He said after the sale New York Times He had already donated “a ton of money” and hoped the auction would encourage them more to use their cameras.
“People can accuse other people of doing things,” Holiday said. “But when it’s on camera, it’s different. You just can’t argue with that. ”