It seems like only yesterday when I was hanging out with my best friends watching television when all of a sudden a news report came on showing a police chase in California. A police chase in California, Los Angeles in particular, is not unusual, but this chase was different. The car, a white Ford Bronco was driving at a slow speed followed by no less than ten police cars and a helicopter. It was NFL sensation O.J. Simpson. He had been charged with murder was was slowly fleeing down a California highway. We were watching history in the making:

1994 – O.J. Simpson drove his Ford Bronco across Los Angeles with police in pursuit and millions of people watching live on television. After the slow speed chase ended Simpson was arrested and charged with the murders of Nicole Simpson and Ronald Goldman. 

 

It seemed surreal in the moment. What the heck was O.J. thinking?! We watched, in silence and in the days, weeks and months to come, what started with a slow police chase continued into the trial of the decade. O.J. Simpson’s life started into a downward spiral after the trial and he now sits in a prison cell for unrelated charges.

Today marks the 20th anniversary of that infamous chase, and we’re all still shaking our heads- in disbelief, shock and at the profound loss that stemmed from this incident. This was bigger than sports. It was about relationships, the judicial system, domestic violence and the issue of race and socio-economic status. 

Twenty years later. What have we learned?

Your Jersey Girlfriend,

~Angela Davis

 

 

 

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