This is more interesting than the exercise of tweeting the sinking of the Titanic, because as you read the mundane tick-tock of events from the trial of the officers who beat Rodney King you know that something really big is coming. The idea came from Olsen Ebright, a member of the digital team at NBC4.com. It couldn't have been easy to go back and reconstruct precisely what happened when during a trial 20 years ago, but the real challenge will be seeing if the effort can represent the madness of the real events once stuff starts happening on Sunday night — the 20th anniversary of the night riots broke and raged for days across Los Angeles, and spread to other cities. It's on Twitter at Real Time LA Riots and there's a story at NBC4.
Today, the Simi Valley jury is in deliberations on the guilt or innocence of the LAPD officers charged with abusing motorist Rodney King on Foothill Boulevard.
The tweets are based on "a range of cross-corroborated news accounts" mostly from KNBC, AP, the LA Times and the Daily News, says Sara Catania, the station's editorial director for digital media.