Former federal civil rights prosecutor Barry Kowalski kept over a dozen Villagers engaged in his recounting of the Rodney King police brutality case in Los Angeles 25 years ago.
The filmed incident was novel at the time before video cameras and newer technologies made such occurrences more commonly known. Mr. Kowalski explored how the case evolved, presenting the facts and themes of both the prosecution and the defense, with Villagers role-playing at key points. His approach enabled Villagers to appreciate how complex and difficult it is to adjudicate these confrontations, however brutal they may appear when first seen.
The evening left villagers eager to learn more about Mr. Kowalski’s extraordinary life in the realm of civil rights enforcement.