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April 24th, 2012
12:48 PM ET

Rodney King on his new memoir and finding forgiveness after 1991 beating

The case of Rodney King sparked a nationwide discussion on race. He was videotaped being brutally clubbed by Los Angeles Police Officers in March of 1991. After a trial the officers were later acquitted, which sparked the violent riots that swept L.A. 20 years ago this Sunday. Dozens died in the riots and over 1,000 were injured.

Now, two decades later, King has written his first book reflecting on those events, in which he writes "There is no longer a riot raging within me... I realize I will always be the poster child for police brutality, but I can try to use that as a positive force for healing and restraint."

The book is called "The Riot Within: My journey from rebellion to redemption." King talks with Soledad this morning on writing the book, reflecting on the beating and the riots, and explains how he found forgiveness.

See the clips below for more from the interview.

Also, watch CNN this Sunday at 8pm Eastern for "CNN Presents: Race and Rage," an in-depth look at race relations between police and the black community.

King finds forgiveness after 21 years

Rodney King on getting beyond race

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