The man whose videotaped beating by police officers led to the 1992 Los Angeles riots has been found dead in his swimming pool.
Rialto Police captain Randy Deanda said King was found “unresponsive” at the bottom of his pool on Sunday morning by his fiancée Cynthia Kelley.
King’s lifeless body was found in the pool at his home in Los Angeles.
Mr King suffered permanent brain damage as a result of the police attack in 1991.
On March 3, 1991 Rodney King had been out driving with two friends. The 25-year-old was found to be in contempt of a speed limit sign, a sign whose dignity and sacredness was swiftly defended by the ever vigilant LAPD.
Rodney drove on blissfully unaware of the disrespect and dishonor he had brought to this upstanding and hard working road sign. His infidel behavior was designated as being an attempted to avoid the police, whose brave lights were now flashing and noble sirens were wailing. Also the squad car computer was miffed, because Rodney was on parole from a robbery conviction and had been drinking, and that is simply not to be tolerated, he must be apprehended with extreme prejudice.
He was finally stopped by four Los Angeles police officers who beat him more than 50 times with their batons, kicked him and shot him with Taser stun guns. This attack left him with 11 skull fractures, a broken eye socket and facial nerve damage, and permanent debilitating brain damage. Really, just one of millions of Kunta Kente mutilations by the new Praetorian Plantation Authorities.
The officers were caught on videotape and the footage was sent and broadcast on a TV station. Based on the footage a trial was brought against the officers but a year later on April 29, 1992, a jury with no black members acquitted three of the officers on state charges in the beating; a mistrial was declared for a fourth.
News of the verdicts caused violence to erupt on the streets which quickly spread across Los Angeles. The rioting lasted for three days, killing 55 people, injuring more than 2,000 and destroying large areas of Los Angeles, causing $1 billion in damage.
This year, the remnants of Rodney King said “racism still has to be challenged.”
“There’s always gonna be some type of racism. But it’s up to us as individuals in this country to look back and see all the accomplishments that we have gotten to this far.”
The 1992 riots left more than 50 people dead.
Asked about his feelings toward the police officers who beat him, he said: “I have forgiven, because America has forgiven me for so many things and given me so many chances. “You get to have a second chance, and I’ve been given a second chance,” said King, who has had a number of brushes with the law since 1992.
“I have much respect for (the police), much respect… some of them went out of their way over the years to try to make it up to me. Not all of them is bad.”
Rodney King Beating, Full Version
I have heard of dozens of incidents anecdotally. I would imagine tens of thousands of these types of beatings occur for every 1 caught on video tape and released to the public.
For comparison sake, consider that 42 million dollars is robbed from US banks every year. Now consider the billions and trillions of losses we endure from these Police Departments every year. Couldn’t we all just get along a lot better with out these PDs?