Rodney King’s daughter reacts to Chauvin trial verdict

Lora King gives her unique perspective and thoughts on the guilty verdict.
5:36 | 04/21/21

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We will turn now to yesterday's verdict in the Derek chauvin trial. For many, the events recalled that 1991 brutal beating that was also caught on video of Rodney king by the LAPD, much like the death of George Floyd, the trauma became a defining moment in history when the officers were found not guilty resulting in five days of riots in Los Angeles. Today we are speaking with Rodney king's daughter following the verdict of former police officer Derek chauvin, so please welcome the CEO of the Rodney king foundation, Laura king. Laura, thank you for being with us. It was nearly 30 years ago, when your father's name became literally synonymous with police brutality and we all saw him being beaten, tased and kicked by the LAPD. I'm curious what was it like for you, your family, you did not receive justice to see another family receive their justice with yesterday's verdict. I can't imagine the emotion you must have been feeling. I know. It was every emotional, everything, and it had been there for days and days, and yesterday when I woke up, it was high anxiety, like I can't even explain what it felt like, it was pretty intense. Now, Laura, we know how much the video played a role in your dad's case, right? That was a viral video before videos were even going viral. But still, we have to remember, those officers were acquitted. Even though we could see everything taking place. So did you watch this case differently with chauvin, knowing that you know what, sometimes no matter how much you see in that video justice may still not go your way? Exactly, and now, there's social media, there's every kid possible has a phone, so it's sad that we have to now introduce our kids who are innocent-minded to this and it's still, like, if he doesn't get convicted, you know, it gives you hope, like it gives you hope. It's not the ending of something, but it's definitely the beginning of something. It definitely is. And Laura, your dad's case, as well, maybe you, your family didn't get justice, but do you see something that came out of that, that helped this country move forward? And what do you see possibly that could come out of this case, the chauvin trial, that could also be another one of those moments where the country makes a shift? You know, it gives me hope. Because yesterday was an historical moment. And it shouldn't, and in actuality, it shouldn't be, because we're humans, at the end of the day, we shouldn't even be going through this, period. No one should. But the fact that he was, you know, he was sentenced literally, he's guilty, that gives you hope, like okay, actually people are listening, they're paying attention, and of course, the juror has a big part in this, you know, it was minorities, it was a little bit of everybody on the jury section, whereas in my dad's case, there was I don't think there was any black people, you know, it was like a lot of factors that played a lot of that, the city that it was located in, it was just a little bit of everything, so it would gave, I would say America, but in actuality it gave the world hope that he was found guilty on all charges. Laura, it's pretty remarkable, you were 7 years old, when the tragedy happened to your father, and to your family, and remarkably, similarly, we know that George Floyd's daughter is also 7 years old. You've grown up with this, you've learned how to deal with so much. It's hard to imagine how a 7-year-old even figures out what to do with all of that. What are your hopes for Gianna and what have you learned over these years that maybe could be helpful to her as she tries to process all of this and move forward? You know, I get emotional when I get asked that question, because no one could prepare her for what life is ahead, because who could imagine theirself without their father, and especially like me she's a daddy's girl and I know she is, there is nothing, a hug her mother could do, no one could help you, that's something between you and god, and that's something that you have to carry for the rest of your life. A big part of my dad, my dad didn't die that night, but a huge part of him died that I never got back and I just ask for god's strength for her, because it's going to be, I can't even put it into words, how her life is going to be affected by this, you know, and right when you try to escape for a quick second, you know, you're around people that are not aware of who you are and it's brought up or it's shown on TV, it's all of these unpredictable moments that like you said, you have to be fully prepared but who's really fully prepared to get into this, that they didn't sign up for? We want to thank you so much for being with us. I love you said, this is not the end of something, but it's the beginning of something, and I think that's the hope that we're all hoping for following these verdicts. Absolutely. And we want to say thank for all of you each and every day with the Rodney king foundation. Thank you so much. Thanks for having me. Thank you for being part of the puzzle. I like to look at it as we're all part of this big puzzle right and without you, without me, the puzzle is incomplete and we have to look at life like that, because where we would be without each other and if we judge each other from our hearts, imagine where we can be, you know, imagine where we can take the world. So I'm just hopeful. I really am. I'm really hopeful. Laura, thank you for that final message we could all use, and we needed that one. Thank you, thank you, thank you so much and that helps us

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