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.
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.