Rodney King Died

Rodney “Can’t We All Just Get Along” King was found dead this morning. So far the only details available are that his fiance found him in their pool, so assumable he drowned. He was 47.

For those of you younger than 25, in 1991 King was beaten by four cops after acting a bit odd when they pulled him and his friends over. They fractured his skull and broke a couple of his bones. The officers were tried for excessive use of force and were found innocent, leading to the six day LA race riots in which 53 people died and more than 2,000 people were injured.

Indirectly King will always be tied to the continuing Civil Rights movement, and I don’t really want another “cancer” incident on my hands, so I find it difficult to make a joke about (more…)

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Rodney King Got Arrested Again

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Before Rodney King, black people would get beaten within an inch of their lives but we never got to see it played on a constant loop on television by a sensationalistic media. That was a bummer. But on March 3, 1991, Rodney King was intoxicated and driving at high speeds when LAPD officers, Stacy Koon, Laurence Powell, Theodore Briseno and Timothy Wind, stopped him and beat him seemingly with anything that was nearby. Bystander, George Holliday, videotaped most of the attack and it was used as evidence in largest police brutality trial in California history. On April 29, 1992, the officers were acquitted. And since Los Angeles is the most segregated place on earth while claiming to be a liberal mecca of tolerance and equality, rioters burned the city to the ground. Oh, btw. The beating hasn’t stopped Rodney King from drinking and driving. TMZ reports:

Rodney King has just been booked for DUI … TMZ has learned. Law enforcement sources tell us King was driving a 1993 Mitsubishi in Moreno Valley, CA around 3:30 PM … when officers observed him committing “multiple infractions.” King was detained and transported to a nearby Riverside Sheriff’s station — where he was eventually arrested and booked on suspicion of driving under the influence. So far, no word on what substance cops believe King was under at the time of the arrest.

Man, if only Rodney King would have starred in Mean Girls then none of this would have happened. I heard that in LA if you have an IMDB credit the D.A. will help you hide a baby after you kill it. Anybody else heard that?

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