A Black Police Officer Speaks Out Against the Rodney King Attack

Aired on 05/13/1992 | CC tv-pg
In this clip from a 1992 Oprah Show episode following the Rodney King verdict, a Black police officer from Los Angeles receives a standing ovation from the audience for denouncing the brutal attack on Rodney King, the inaction of then-L.A. Police Chief, Daryl Gates, and the threats he received from his own department for pushing back against institutional racism. He concludes with an empowering plea to Black Americans to stand firm in their obligation to speak out against oppression, no matter the power of the forces they are up against.