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25 Years Later: How the Rodney King Beating ‘Banished’ the Baton From the LAPD Arsenal

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When the video of Los Angeles police officers beating Rodney G. King shocked the world 25 years ago, the baton quickly became a symbol of law enforcement abuse.

Rodney King was beaten by LAPD officers in Lake View Terrace on March 3, 1991, and a witness recorded video. (Credit: George Holliday

Rodney King was beaten by LAPD officers in Lake View Terrace on March 3, 1991, and a witness recorded video. (Credit: George Holliday

The grainy black and white images showed a group of LAPD officers delivering 56 crunching blows to the African American motorist.

Back then, the 2-foot solid piece of aluminum was an essential tool in the police officer's arsenal. In 1990, Los Angeles police officers used their batons 741 times during force incidents, more than any other weapon.

But the infamous video marked the beginning of the end for the baton's reign. By 2015, LAPD officers used their batons just 54 times.

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