11-25-2008, 04:34 AM
they sure waled on him :satisfy:
11-25-2008, 04:40 AM
this is actually the first time i've seen this ... hard to believe they got off
11-25-2008, 04:45 AM
WTF? I had no clue they caught Martin Luther Kings assassination on cam.
11-25-2008, 05:40 AM
this is actually the first time i've seen this ... hard to believe they got off
yeah hard to believe you were only 5 or so, i was like 8-9, i remember it tho, massive news.
11-25-2008, 05:47 AM
it's also the first time for me when I see the actual vid
11-25-2008, 05:52 AM
Same as that
Rodney Glen King (born April 2, 1965 in Sacramento, California) is an African-American construction worker who, in 1991, was stopped and then beaten by Los Angeles Police Department officers (Laurence Powell, Timothy Wind, Theodore Briseno and Sergeant Stacey Koon) after being chased for speeding. A bystander, George Holliday, videotaped much of the event from a distance. Part of the video was broadcast around the world and shows four LA police officers restraining and repeatedly striking a black man, while four to six other officers stand by. King had also been tasered by the officers.
The resulting public outrage raised tensions between the black community and the LAPD, and increased anger over police brutality and issues such as unemployment, racial tension, and poverty in the black community. The four officers were tried in a state court for using excessive force, but were acquitted. The announcement of the acquittals sparked the 1992 Los Angeles riots.
Arrest and trial
Rodney King was beaten by a group of police officers on March 3, 1991. The incident, except for the first thirteen seconds after King stopped, was captured on video by a private citizen, George Holliday, from his apartment near the intersection of Foothill Blvd and Osborne St. in Lake View Terrace. The officers testified that they believed King was under the influence of the dissociative drug phencyclidine (PCP), but King's toxicology results were negative for PCP.
The Los Angeles district attorney charged the four officers with use of excessive force. The initial judge was replaced, however, and the new judge changed the venue, as well as the jury pool, citing contamination of the jury pool by the media coverage. The new venue was a new courthouse in Simi Valley in neighboring Ventura County. The jury consisted of Ventura County residents — ten whites, one Latino and one Asian. The prosecutor, Terry White, was African-American. The jury acquitted three of the officers, but could not agree about one of the charges for Powell. On April 29, 1992, only Powell was convicted.
Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley said, "the jury's verdict will not blind us to what we saw on that videotape. The men who beat Rodney King do not deserve to wear the uniform of the L.A.P.D."
LA riots and the aftermath
The news of acquittal triggered the Los Angeles riots of 1992. By the time the police, the US Army, the Marines and the National Guard restored order, the casualties included 53 deaths, 2,383 injuries, more than 7,000 fires, damages to 3,100 businesses, and nearly $1 billion in financial losses. Smaller riots occurred in other cities such as Las Vegas and Atlanta. On May 1, 1992, the third day of the L.A riots, King appeared in public before television news cameras to appeal for calm, asking:
“ People, I just want to say, you know, can we all get along? Can we get along? Can we stop making it, making it horrible for the older people and the kids?...It’s just not right. It’s not right. It’s not, it’s not going to change anything. We’ll, we’ll get our justice....Please, we can get along here. We all can get along. I mean, we’re all stuck here for a while. Let’s try to work it out. Let’s try to beat it. Let’s try to beat it. Let’s try to work it out."
Federal trial of officers
After the riots, the Department of Justice reinstated investigation and obtained an indictment of violations of federal civil rights against the four officers. The federal trial focused more on the evidence as to the training of officers instead of just relying on the videotape of the incident. The jury found Officer Laurence Powell and Sergeant Stacey Koon guilty, who were subsequently sentenced to 30 months of prison, while Timothy Wind and Theodore Briseno were acquitted of all charges.
Analysis and cultural impact of the event
The video of the beating is an example of inverse surveillance of citizens watching police. Several copwatch organizations were subsequently organized nationally to safeguard against police abuse, including an umbrella group, October 22nd Coalition to Stop Police Brutality.
References to the incident in popular culture began to appear almost immediately, with the 1994 films Airheads and Natural Born Killers both containing scenes inspired by the King videotape and subsequent events. In Airheads, a crowd begins chanting his name, and the principal characters' failure to recognize it is played for comedic effect. Natural Born Killers features policemen beating Woody Harrelson's (white) character in a manner very similar to the actual incident, and also uses clips of the original video. The riot was the backdrop for the 1997 film Riot, which focuses on stories from the perspective of four people of different races - Chinese, Hispanic, White and Black. The videogame Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas modeled the 1992 Los Angeles Riots in the game after a corrupt police officer was found not guilty.
Tupac, who was a resident of Los Angeles, referenced Rodney King in the song, "I Wonder If Heaven Got a Ghetto". Rapper Lil Wayne also referenced King in the song, "Mrs. Officer". In addition, Ben Harper makes a reference to Rodney King in the song "Like a King".
After the riots
King was awarded $3.8 million in a civil case and used some of the proceeds to start a hip hop music label, Straight Alta-Pazz Recording Company.
In May 1991, he was arrested on suspicion of trying to run over a vice officer who allegedly found him with a transvestite prostitute in Hollywood. In 1993, King entered an alcohol rehabilitation program and was placed on probation after crashing his vehicle into a block wall in downtown Los Angeles. In July 1995, he was arrested by Alhambra police, who alleged that he hit his wife with his car, knocking her to the ground. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail after being convicted of hit and run.
On August 27, 2003, King was arrested again for speeding and running a red light while under the influence of alcohol. He failed to yield to police officers and slammed his SUV into a house, breaking his pelvis.
While going home on November 29, 2007, King was shot in the face, arms, back and torso with birdshot by two thieves attempting to steal his bicycle, but his injuries were characterized as not life threatening.
King currently appears on the second season of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, which premiered in October 2008.
Got that off wikipedia
Damn, he really made a fuck up of things after though, whatever happened to his record label?
11-25-2008, 05:55 AM
He fucked up from begining. That dude is on celebrity rehab this year for drinking. He explains first hand about the beatings and shit. Its not that they had to go that far but he knew it was coming.
11-25-2008, 09:50 AM
Seeing what he did after the incident, he deserves another beating.
He hasnt paid attention to life much ,no. Everybody fucks up though , thats just Rodney's story so far. Who knows , maybe it will pay off in the end. He might aid a similar situation or some shit. All negative is positive and vice verse. I think thats what Pat was trying to say with that thread about how he loves everything.
11-25-2008, 01:16 PM
from being someone who has gotten hit with one of those clubs (back of the leg), not somethin you wanna experience again
11-25-2008, 01:24 PM
Rodney King is a celebrity?
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