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Rodney King's death: Video chat with Patt Morrison and Sandy Banks

June 19, 2012 |  7:42 am

 Join Times columnists Patt Morrison and Sandy Banks for a live video discussion about Rodney King -- his life, his legacy and the heavy burden he carried in the 20 years after the beating that led to the L.A. riots.

Morrison interviewed King numerous times over the years, including most recently during the 20-year anniversary of the riots and at the L.A. Times Festival of Books in April.

King told Morrison he was a different man now, but even at 47, he was already thinking about his legacy: 

"Age has helped me see things a lot different — more into thinking about family, about what type of legacy I leave. We're all human; we're going to make mistakes, but you've got to think about what you leave behind," he said.

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In recent months, columnist Banks also reflected on the legacy of the riots. She spent time in South L.A. and spoke with the Los Angeles Police Department about the riots and lessons learned. 

The Google+ Hangout is scheduled for 9:45 a.m. Tuesday.

We invite you to join in on the conversation by posting comments below or onto the Times' Facebook and Google+ page or on Twitter using the #asklatimes hashtag.


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