Rodney King, the motorist whose beating at the hands of police was videotaped by an onlooker, filed a federal civil rights lawsuit seeking unspecified damages.

The lawsuit, filed Wednesday, names the city of Los Angeles, Police Chief Daryl F. Gates and 20 officers, including the four charged with assault and brutality in the March 3 beating."The so-called `King beating' was not an aberration, a singular incident, but rather the latest in a long series of excessive use of force incidents involving local law enforcement," the lawsuit claims.

A call seeking comment from a Police Department spokesman went unanswered after business hours.

King and his wife, Crystal, filed an $83 million claim against the city in March.