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Philadelphia’s interim Police Commissioner Christine Coulter issued an apology after a photo surfaced of her wearing a T-shirt in the 1990s that mocked Rodney King’s beating by the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).
The photo, which the Philadelphia Inquirer found, shows Coulter wearing a shirt that reads, “LAPD — We Treat You Like a King.” The words on the shirt reference the horrific beating of King, a Black man police brutally battered during a traffic stop in 1991. A resident in a nearby apartment caught the incident on camera and the beating was later broadcast on television, The New York Times previously reported.
The four white officers involved with the assault were brought to trial, but three were acquitted by an all-white jury in 1992, which also declared a mistrial for the fourth officer. The officers’ acquittal helped prompt the 1992 riots in South Los…
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