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Man who filmed Rodney King video in 1991 dies of COVID

George Holliday
Posted at 11:25 AM, Sep 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-21 14:27:30-04

The man who famously shot video of four Los Angeles police officers beating Rodney King in 1991 has died of COVID-19.

According to the Los Angeles Times and the Associated Press, George Holliday, 61, died Sunday at a hospital where he had been for more than a month.

The AP reported that Holliday shot the grainy video after being awoken by a traffic stop outside his home in San Fernando Valley on March 3, 1991. Holliday went outside to shoot it, catching four white officers kicking and punching King, a Black motorist.

In 1992, the officers were acquitted in the beating, which led to the city erupting in violence.

By the time the now-infamous LA Riot was over, more than 60 people were dead, and over 2,500 people were injured.