Netflix has released the first trailer for “Rodney King,” the Spike Lee-directed taping of Roger Guenveur Smith’s acclaimed and frequently sold out one-man show. The project was filmed late last year.
The streaming service has scheduled the telemovie to premiere on April 28th, an airing to coincide with the upcoming 25th anniversary of the state court acquittals of LAPD officer Stacey Koon and three other LAPD officers who were videotaped beating King in 1991. The acquittals, which took place in Simi Valley, sparked three days of rioting that left 53 dead.
The production also explores the role King played in ending the rioting, thanks to an interview he gave on May 1st 1992 in which a distraught King asked: “People, I just want to say, you know, can we all get along? Can we get along?”. King drowned in 2012.