Hey man, I am not saying the police weren't at fault, but they weren't the sole cause of the riots.
Back to Rodney. He had a lot to do with his beat down.
"Rodney King had done all of these things before the videotape. He'd resisted the officers, he'd charged the officers, he'd thrown four officers off his back, he'd been shot twice with a stun gun, which keeps most people down. 50,000 volts of electricity each time, it didn't keep him down. This was a case where a great effort was made to take Rodney King into custody without hurting him, believe it or not."
Here is a great link on the subject. Rodney King
I think this is another story that gets portrayed one way and as a single issue. Unfortunately, the riots were not caused by a single incident or by a single entity. It is also unfortunate that the Rodney King incident is portrayed as extreme police brutality when that isn't the whole story.