Many had predicted an outright acquittal and girded for the subsequent disaster of a Rodney King-level riot.
“Rodney King was like Rosa Parks in many ways,” said Michael Eric Dyson, a professor of sociology at Georgetown University.
Conditions are worsening and the Rodney King verdict is certainly not the most egregious injustice in our midst.
From Rodney King to Amadou Diallo to Sean Bell, stories of police over-response continue to fill the news.
Friends and family of Rodney King insist the 47-year old was excited about beginning a new chapter in his life.
"You must have a large heart to include all of them," says Rodney with a shrug.
Rodney likened the jangling discords to the confusion of his own life.
Rodney falls back, and with an oath staggers against the mantelpiece.
Ferry's scouts are there, and you'll say to Lieutenant Ferry the single word, Rodney.
On the 1st of August Rodney sailed for England on leave of absence.