Crowds gathered yesterday in Los Angeles to mark the 17 years since the cowardly, unprovoked attack and beating of innocent and defenceless black cab driver, Rodney King.
The commemorations focussed on the Lake View Terrace community at the intersection of Foothill Boulevard and Osborne Street where Mr King was repeatedly punched, kicked, spat upon and humiliated by four officers of the LAPD, whilst several other police thugs watched and laughed heartily, unaware they were being filmed.
Presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and John McCain marked the milestone in Memphis, whilst Clinton's Democratic Party rival Barack Obama spoke in Indiana about King's suffering and the trauma he later endured.
The pictures of King's beating were broadcast on nationwide TV, and, after the acquittal of the four police officers, inspired millions of people in the LA area to rise up and revolt in the subsequent so-called LA Riots in 1992.
Yesterday's event passed quietly in Los Angeles itself, with only 33 deaths reported.