This tape provided the evidence that the police had in fact rioted. Clayton Patterson was arrested, was allowed back on the street after a 10 day hunger strike, and won the right in the trial, as an artist, to keep the original tape. Clayton has had more video tapes used in court against rogue police officers than anyone in American history.
A basic document in the recent history of urban civil strife in the U.S.
"This was a military action on the streets of NYC and you can see that"
Sharon Broussard, NY Daily News.