March 3, 1991: Rodney G. King, a black motorist, is beaten and kicked by white Los Angeles police officers while a resident of a nearby apartment building videotapes the incident.

March 14, 1991: A Los Angeles County grand jury indicts Sgt. Stacey C. Koon and Officers Laurence M. Powell, Theodore J. Briseno, and Timothy E. Wind.

March 26, 1991: The four officers plead not guilty.

April 1, 1991: Mayor Tom Bradley appoints former deputy secretary of state, Warren Christopher, to investigate the L.A. Police Department.

May 8, 1991: Mr. King and his wife, Crystal, file a federal civil-rights lawsuit against the city.

July 9, 1991: The Christopher Commission releases its report, including a recommendation that police Chief Daryl Gates retire and a range of proposals for changes in the Police Department.

July 23, 1991: The State Second District Court of Appeals grants a change of venue.

Nov. 26, 1991: Judge Stanley M. Weisberg, who replaced Judge Bernard Kamins, chooses neighboring Ventura County as the new location for the trial.

March 4, 1992: Opening arguments are given before the jury. Ten jurors are white, one is Hispanic, and one is Asian.

April 23, 1992: The case goes to the jury.

April 29, 1992: The jury is hung on one count against Mr. Powell and anounces not-guilty verdicts on all other charges.

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