Rodney King Dead at 47: Icon or Agitator?

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Rodney King, the victim of an infamous incident of police brutality in 1991, was found dead at the bottom of his swimming pool Sunday morning. According to police, there are no signs of foul play, and the death is being ruled as accidental. It will take six to eight weeks for toxicology reports to come through. He was 47 years old at the time of his death.

The 1991 brutality incident made national headlines when a bystander sent in video footage, and the aquittal of three of the officers contributed to the beginning of the 1992 Los Angeles riots. Earlier this year, King told The Times, "I sometimes feel like I'm caught in a vise. Some people feel like I'm some kind of hero. Others hate me. They say I deserved it. Other people, I can hear them mocking me for when I called for an end to the destruction, like I'm a fool for believing in peace." Do you think King was an civil rights icon?

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  • MkB 2012/06/18 21:26:11 (edited)
    King started a dangerous high speed car chase because he was intoxicated and didn't want to violate his parole for a 1989 store robbery. I'm not making excuses for the police brutality. That was uncalled for.

    I feel empathy for Reginald Denny, an innocent truck driver who happened to be driving in the wrong place at the wrong time and got hit on his head by a brick by a black man who didn't give a damn if he killed Denny or not.

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  • Deborah... Whatever 2012/06/19 01:43:43
    You are so right! He did nothing with his life after all his fame but to continue on the same path he'd always been on.
  • Lt. Fred Whatever 2012/06/19 02:55:38
    Lt. Fred
    Was it Rodney King's fault that the justice system didn't work? Or was it Rodney King's fault the police chose to break the law?
  • Schläue~© 2012/06/19 01:31:30 (edited)
    Ask Reginald Denny

  • Deborah... Schläue~© 2012/06/19 01:44:34
    THAT was the REAL crime. What a bunch of savages.
  • Schläue~© Deborah... 2012/06/19 02:24:31 (edited)
    Yup ...the media forgot about him real quick, and the 63 people who died and another 44 who died later in the year from riot related incidents.
    A total of 1,096 homicides, a record. 1992 remains L.A.'s deadliest year.
  • Deborah... Schläue~© 2012/06/19 02:33:58
    They always forget the important details.
  • Lt. Fred Deborah... 2012/06/19 02:58:11
    Lt. Fred
    Indeed. Black victims are unimportant; white victims are important.
  • Deborah... Lt. Fred 2012/06/19 15:29:17
    Watch it, your azz is showing. I never said that, nor do I believe that.
  • Lt. Fred Deborah... 2012/06/20 20:57:26
    Lt. Fred
    You implied that the black victim of police corruption, and the resulting miscarriage of justice by local courts, was unimportant. To you, the 63 mostly-white victims of the violence CAUSED as a reaction to long-term racism is what is important.
  • Deborah... Lt. Fred 2012/06/20 21:18:43
    Implied by the standards of whom? Not by mine, but perhaps by your own. Don't pretend that you know me, Fred, and do not ASSume or imply that you know how I think, feel or what I believe, because you don't.
  • phil white Lt. Fred 2012/06/20 16:07:12
    phil white
    Fred, If Deb and I don't stick up for our peole nobody else will. Certainly not the main stream media that has every minorities back. Certainly you never will.
  • Lt. Fred phil white 2012/06/20 20:56:48
    Lt. Fred
    That's just racist and moronic. Whites like myself have virtually every advantage, particularly in the media.
  • Lt. Fred Schläue~© 2012/06/19 02:59:12
    Lt. Fred
    Did the police refuse to investigate any of those murders on the grounds of race? Or were courts provided with incontrovertible proof of the murderers, and refuse to convict?
  • Schläue~© Lt. Fred 2012/06/19 11:49:21
    Are you truly that ignant?

    First, one must understand the concept of a "Riot". In most cases there were no suspects because mob mentality doesn't produce any witnesses and it's akin to surveying a war-zone.

    Is this the kind of "incontrovertible proof" you're squawking about?

    John Doe #80
    John Doe #80 was found Saturday, May 2, 1992, in a burned-out Pep Boys auto parts store in the 5800 block of South Vermont Avenue. The store in Vermont-Slauson had been torched a few days earlier.

    Investigators succeeded in lifting a single print from the body's left middle finger -- a critical piece of information in the identification process. In addition, they X-rayed the body's teeth and recovered from the scene a pair of blue bikini underwear, a .38-caliber bullet casing and parts of a pair of blue jeans.
  • Lt. Fred Schläue~© 2012/06/19 11:54:48
    Lt. Fred
    Okay, so the situation isn't analogous at all? Is that what you're saying?
  • Schläue~© Lt. Fred 2012/06/19 11:59:44
    Re-read your previous statement and you'll see how ridiculous you sound.
  • Lt. Fred Schläue~© 2012/06/19 12:06:28
    Lt. Fred
    Do you understand why people consider the Rodney King case to be so outrageous? Because the judicial system had been provided with plenty of evidence of guilt and chose to pretend they were innocent, for racist reasons. That was simply not true of the victims of the riots. The situation was not analogous.
  • Schläue~© Lt. Fred 2012/06/19 12:21:54
    What proof, an edited video that was played ad nauseam by the media which left out crucial frames showing King going after Powell and repeatedly refusing to comply with commands?

    Where is there any indication that racism was involved.? They certainly didn't target him because he was black. it was a routine traffic stop until King CHOSE to take it to the level it became.

    Dumbass should have just assumed the position as he was told.

    No, the jury saw the entire video and analyzed frame by frame. It paints a completely different picture. None of the high-speed chase was captured on film to be paraded by the media but the jury most definitely took those events, which set up the entire scenario into consideration.
  • Lt. Fred Schläue~© 2012/06/19 20:55:10
    Lt. Fred
    {an edited video}

    At most it was cut at the top and bottom, which is fine. The video was not edited in a dishonest way.

    {left out crucial frames showing King going after Powell and repeatedly refusing to comply with commands?}

    The police continued to employ force even after getting compliance, in violation of law.

    {Where is there any indication that racism was involved.?}

    All-white jury acquits white officers for assaulting black male.

    {Dumbass should have just assumed the position as he was told. }

    The police should have kept their actions within the law.

    {No, the jury saw the entire video and analyzed frame by frame.}

    And then chose not to punish criminals.

    {None of the high-speed chase}

    Again, the police continued to punish Mr King after the chase had ended. This is not a defence.
  • (>*~*)>... Schläue~© 2012/06/19 10:24:09
    Holy crap.... I never even knew about this guy.
  • Schläue~© (>*~*)>... 2012/06/19 11:58:22
    Permanent brain damage from the brick up-side his head after being dragged out of the cab of his truck in an intersection and viciously beaten while it was all captured in film by a news chopper.
  • Lt. Fred Deborah... 2012/06/19 02:57:51
    Lt. Fred
    Yep, it's not a crime to beat a black person, only a white one.
  • Schläue~© Lt. Fred 2012/06/19 03:02:35
    Perhaps you need a little review about your wonder-boy .... Rodney.

    It's been posted on this and many other pages .. what he did that night and WHY he got an ass-beatin'.
  • Lt. Fred Schläue~© 2012/06/19 08:14:46 (edited)
    Lt. Fred
    {Perhaps you need a little review about your wonder-boy .... Rodney.}

    Did I suggest any approval of Mr King's actions? No. Please do not lie.

    {It's been posted on this and many other pages .. what he did that night and WHY he got an ass-beatin'.}

    Because the police rightly felt that they could get away with violating the law. That is the only relevant reason.
  • Schläue~© Lt. Fred 2012/06/19 11:54:55
    What law did they violate? As I recall, they were all acquitted of any wrongdoing and that's what started the riots. Perhaps if King hadn't been a belligerent drunk, bolted and led them on the high-speed chase to begin with, nobody would have ever known his name. He would have been arrested after the initial traffic stop, gone back to prison for violation of his parole.... case closed.
  • Lt. Fred Schläue~© 2012/06/19 12:08:39
    Lt. Fred
    There are laws against assault, grievous bodily harm and the like, laws that the police chose to break. Police are not allowed to assault criminals, even if they have recently annoyed or endangered those police.

    But the jury, as you pointed out, chose to pretend the police were not guilty of a crime, despite being provided with incontrovertible evidence. This angered black people, because they felt the justice system was stacked against them. Due process was not open to them.
  • Schläue~© Lt. Fred 2012/06/19 12:23:49
    You're out of your phucking mind and obviously don't have any info outside of what the media chose to print.
  • C. C. R... Schläue~© 2012/06/19 15:13:18
    C. C. Rider
    LMAO you got your ass kicked. LMAO
  • Schläue~© C. C. R... 2012/06/19 15:24:56
    NO...., that was King and he deserved it.
  • C. C. R... Schläue~© 2012/06/19 17:57:26
    C. C. Rider
    No dear that was you, King was vindicated years later, you never will be.
  • Lt. Fred Schläue~© 2012/06/20 21:20:09
    Lt. Fred
    You've made not attempt to argument, meaning that you know yourself to be wrong. Please acknowledge that you were wrong before.
  • Deborah... Lt. Fred 2012/06/19 15:32:30
    That's good, Fred, now YOU are the stove calling the kettle black. How do YOU like being accused of saying something you never said?
  • Deborah... Lt. Fred 2012/06/19 15:30:14
    Your azz is showing, again. I never said that, nor do I believe that.
  • Lt. Fred Deborah... 2012/06/20 21:21:06
    Lt. Fred
    To try to draw attention away from the important issue as you did is silly.
  • Deborah... Lt. Fred 2012/06/20 21:27:07
    Trying to twist up my words to fit into your own little argument is pointless, because it won't work.

    you fail
  • (>*~*)>... Schläue~© 2012/06/19 10:23:31
    GD thats bad
  • Schläue~© (>*~*)>... 2012/06/19 12:04:13
    Yep, and the media kept focusing on poor Rodney and the '50 blows" he took.... the vast majority being on his legs while trying to get him to comply. They had no idea if he was armed, only that he bolted and was zipping through the city at 110MPH, endangering other's lives.
  • (>*~*)>... Schläue~© 2012/06/19 12:07:56
    Yes, this angers me. Rodney got to live up until now with riches while this guy is a cucumber.
  • Schläue~© (>*~*)>... 2012/06/19 12:29:21
    Yeah... he got his 3.8 million cheeseburgers and pissed it all away.
    He had a long rap sheet before, nearly beat his girlfriend/wife to death twice in the same evening and had just been released on an armed robbery conviction.

    He didn't change much and was released without charges being filed on 4 other encounters with police after his civil suit. He was basically untouchable with DUI charges being drooped, and getting a free pass for life.

    In only ONE of his subsequent arrests was he ordered to attend a 2 year alcohol and drug abuse program.
  • C. C. R... Schläue~© 2012/06/19 17:59:02
    C. C. Rider
    The LA police caused that man's injuries, he should have sued them. King as usual had nothing to do with it. But keep on blaming the black man racist.

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