A videotape of the attack came to symbolize the violence that erupted after four white police officers were acquitted of state charges in the beating of a black man, Rodney King. In 1993, Denny and Watson appeared together on The Phil Donahue Show where they made amends and shook hands. Watson was one of several men who beat Denny unconscious after dragging him from his truck at a South Central Los Angeles intersection in April 1992. A year later, he was still recovering from the brutal incident. An angry mob descended on Dennys truck, blocking him from passing through. 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Thats when he knew the situation was about to get worse. S*** aint right. Rare New Guinea Singing Dogs Reappear In The Wild After Being 'Extinct' For 50 Years, One Of The Last Survivors Of The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Leads Call For Reparations, What Stephen Hawking Thinks Threatens Humankind The Most, 27 Raw Images Of When Punk Ruled New York, Join The All That's Interesting Weekly Dispatch. Denny, still dazed from the chaos around him, was pulled onto the ground and brutally beaten. Watson, who was 27 at the time of the attack, apologized to Denny for my participation in the injuries you suffered, though later he admitted to the press that he didnt regret his behavior during the violent uprising. Most markets will see the first part today and the second part Wednesday. Defendant Damian Williams listens as his 10-year sentence for beating trucker Reginald Denny at the beginning of the Los Angeles riots is read 07 December 1993. Reginald Denny moved to Arizona to escape the attention surrounding his public ordeal. This is not me against Mr. Watson its not a personal vendetta. That lets you know, they have not changed. The show taped Monday will be shown in two parts. One of them was Henry Kiki Watson, a longtime resident of LA and a former marine who spent six months in jail on minor offense charges after the attack. A judge indicated he will dismiss Denny's 40 million USD lawsuit against the city for police failure to protect him during rioting 29 April 1992. NEW YORK (AP) _ When the truck driver beaten during the Los Angeles riots shook hands with one of his attackers in front of the cameras of Donahue, not everyone smiled. People looted stores in South-Central LA, with some setting fire to storefronts. Its not. Start your Independent Premium subscription today. What has changed? Fortunately for Denny, the live reportage of his attack meant that many people saw that his life was in jeopardy, and four nearby residents came to his aid. In a 2002 interview, he said he had kept every single one. A lot of blood gushing from the mans headnobodys helping him. The reporter described the scene as an attempted murder, adding that the police were unwilling to enter the area of unrest. On April 29, 1992, 39-year-old construction worker Reginald Denny was driving through Los Angeles, unaware of the angry uprising brewing in the streets in response to the verdict in the Rodney King case. The most insightful comments on all subjects will be published daily in dedicated articles. A news crew in a helicopter caught the tail end of Reginald Dennys beating during the LA riots. Watson, who was 27 at the time of the attack, apologized to Denny for my participation in the injuries you suffered, though later he admitted to the press that he didnt regret his behavior during the violent uprising. Reviews said both the formers willingness to forgive, and the latters readiness to apologise, felt less than overwhelming. The incident happened after King committed a traffic violation and led police on a brief car chase. The scene quickly escalated into one of the most violent incidents of the LA uprising. Okay, hes moving, described the reporter as the camera captured Denny lying face-up next to his truck. When he awoke, he couldnt remember why he was in the hospital. He unknowingly drove into the heart of the unrest, and his truck was suddenly attacked by an angry mob. Are you sure you want to delete this comment? This is a civil war, Denny said. Natasha Ishak is a staff writer at All That's Interesting. The intersection of Florence Ave and Normandie Ave where Denny was attacked. You know, theyve been killing us, theyre still killing us. Again, his story was mentioned in posts encouraging drivers to hit protestors and insinuating that truckers are in particular danger of being beaten by rioters.. Amid the sound of bottles breaking against the ground, tires screeching, and people screaming around him, Denny saw someone break the right-side window of his truck. Denny was also careful to note that he doesnt see himself as a white victim of so-called Black violence. But while he was hospitalized, Denny received 27,000 get well cards from people who had seen him on the news. Watson cited the uncurbed police violence that continued against Black people across the country long after the LA uprising. Some audience members questioned the sincerity of Reginald Dennys forgiveness and the apology from his attacker, Henry Keith Watson. Aint nothing change? The problems were happening before Mr. Watson and I were born., However, despite Dennys views on his life-changing assault, in more recent years alt-right groups have co-opted his image and story. No remorse. Getty ImagesOutrage from the unjust results of the Rodney King trial boiled over onto the streets of South-Central LA. Watson, who was only convicted of a minor offence and served less than six months, said he had no regrets for his actions. Williams received the maximum sentence for his one felony and four misdemeanor convictions. The person smashed through the window with a crowbar, hitting the left side of Dennys face. The reason, he says, is that the structural racism that helped fuel the anger and riots following the beating of King, has not gone away. Then, learn about the Detroit riots two years later. Theyre getting away with murder.. A news helicopter flying above the horrific ordeal captured footage of the incident. You know how British feel about black people. This is a civil war, said Denny, who needed intensive hospital treatment and later moved to Arizona where he maintains a low profile. He points to widespread incidents around the country of young black men dying at the hands of police Eric Garner in New York, or Michael Brown in Ferguson as proof that the criminal justice system remained overwhelmingly weighted against people of colour. During an interview on Good Morning America, Denny said his truck had become stuck at the intersection due to the crowd that had congregated in the streets. Nothing changed. Though Denny himself hasnt commented publicly on the Black Lives Matter movement, based on his words from the 90s, it seems likely that he would not be too happy to see the way his ordeal is still being used to stoke fears of Black violence and reinforce division. Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? Today, Watson, who was involved in one of the most notorious incidents in the riots and civil unrest that followed the acquittal of four white police officers over the beating a year earlier of black motorist Rodney King, says he has no regrets about what he did. But Dennys ordinary life was turned upside down in 1992. Our journalists will try to respond by joining the threads when they can to create a true meeting of independent Premium. Connect with the definitive source for global and local news. Its worldwide. The gruesome, grainy video of the beating elicited backlash against the LAPDs notoriously brutal and racist record. Despite the injuries he suffered from his brutal beating in 1992, he understood that the underlying social issues of racism and oppression against minority residents that sparked the ugly incident was larger than him and his attackers. Those who knew Denny described him as a good-natured person. For at the past 20 years, he has run a limousine car business. 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