NBC Evening News for Thursday, Apr 30, 1992
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.
(White House: John Cochran) President Bush's reaction to the verdicts in the Rodney King police beating case featured; photograph shown of Bush with Attorney General William Barr, who he told to beef up the FBI's investigation of the case. [BUSH - says federal government will pursue it's legal responsibilities in this case.] [BARR - says they're looking at whether there was intentional infliction of excessive force in violation of civil rights laws.] Excerpt shown of the videotape of the King beating. [Representative Maxine WATERS - calls for Justice Department prosecution.] [Senator Bill BRADLEY - cites number of times police struck King.] Bush said planning to meet tomorrow with civil rights leaders. [Civil Rights Commission Arthur FLETCHER - recalls his reaction to the King verdicts.] Jesse Jackson noted not invited to tomorrow's meeting.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Telephone interview held with King juror. [JUROR - says race had no bearing on the case; adds that there were three black men in the car who were not harmed; comments on violence in Los Angeles.] Excerpt of videotape of King beating shown.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw; Los Angeles: Star Jones) Discussion held about the effect of the change of venue of the trial from Los Angeles County, California, to Ventura County, California, and whether the jurors were desensitized to the violence in the videotape of the King beating.
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