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Reginald Denny
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    (April 21, 1953- )
    Born in San Pedro, California
    Truck driver out of California
    Victim of the L.A. riots resulting from the acquittal of four cops involved in the Rodney King trial (April 29, 1992)
    Pulled from his truck at the intersection of Florence and Normandie in L.A. and beaten senseless
    Incident caught on camera by a news helicopter, leading to the arrest and trial of six men
    Moved to Lake Havasu City, Arizona and became a boat mechanic (1993)
    He unwittingly became a textbook example of somebody being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
    Though he was partially aware of trouble brewing after the verdicts came in, he still ventured off the Santa Monica Freeway into a black portion of L.A. on his way to Inglewood (he never made it).
    He nearly lost his life to deliver a 'precious cargo' of sand.
    In 1993 he sued the city of L.A. for negligence and lost.
    He was one of hundreds injured and dozens killed during the riots, as Rodney King's plea of 'can't we all just get along' fell on deaf ears.
    The only reason he didn't die was four local residents, all black, saw his beating live on TV and came to his aid, one driving him to the hospital.
    Kicks to his head and heavy objects, including a cinder block, thrown at him resulted in horrific injuries, including his skull fractured in 91 places (pushed into his brain), his left eye dislocated and shifted into his sinus cavity, and years of rehab, relearning to walk and talk.
    Though the L.A.P.D saw what was happening to him, they were ordered to stand down for fear that aiding victims would intensify the rioting. (what?)
    When his attackers were put on trial, the shameful outcome was one felony count of mayhem and two misdemeanor assault counts.
    Showing an astounding amount of forgiveness, after the trial he hugged the mother of one of the defendents, and later appeared on the 'Phil Donahue Show' to shake hands with another who expressed remorse about what was done to him.

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