Slow Burn: The L.A. Riots

Season 6: Bonus Episode 5
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Defending the “Most Hated Men in America”

More on the trial of the police officers charged in the beating of Rodney King.

Episode Notes

In this member-exclusive episode, Slow Burn’s host Joel Anderson and producer Ethan Brooks discuss Episode 5, on the trial of the L.A. police officers who beat Rodney King. Then we’ll hear an extended interview with Russell Cole, who was on the defense team for one of the police officers involved.

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Stacey Koon speaking to reporters at the National Press Club, Oct. 26, 1992
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Production by Chau Tu.

About the Show

In 1992, a jury failed to convict the four Los Angeles police officers who’d been captured on videotape beating Rodney King. The city erupted into fire and chaos—the culmination of decades of unchecked police abuse and racial injustice.

For the sixth season of Slate’s Slow Burn, Joel Anderson returns to explore the people and events behind the biggest civil disturbance in American history—a story that’s still playing out today.

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  • Chau Tu is a former editor of Slate Plus.