Los Angeles New Service v. Reuters Television International, Limited
340 F.3d 926 (9th Cir. 2003) - full text opinion
The verdicts were announced at 3:15pm, and the first signs of rioting erupted three hours later. Around 6:45, Reginald Denny was pulled from his truck and severely beaten, pictured, by several members of a crowd that had gathered at the intersection of Florence and Normandie. Seeing this broadcast live on television, several individuals, including Bobby Green, left their nearby homes, pulled Reginald from the crowd and drove him to the hospital, thereby saving his life.
At a later trial, most of those charged with assaulting Denny were acquitted of most charges, although one man, Damian Williams, pictured above with arms raised, was found guilty and sentenced to ten years. After the verdict, Denny moved away from Los Angeles to escape media attention. He currently resides in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.
In the aftermath of the riots, a commission was formed and was led by Warren Christopher. They released a report that contained recommendations on reforming the LAPD. Unfortunately, as the later CRASH scandal revealed, most of these recommendations were ignored.