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#1 Asrokhel

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 15:52

Just found this out:

Rodney King, whose videotaped beating by police led to the 1992 Los Angeles riots, has died, California police said Sunday. He was 47.

Police told the Cable News Network that King's fiancée found him dead at the bottom of a swimming pool in Rialto, east of Los Angeles.

Police responded to a call around sunrise on Sunday, CNN reported.

The Los Angeles riots erupted on April 29, 1992 when a mostly white jury acquitted three of the four officers accused of beating and kicking King and failed to convict the fourth.

A bystander with a video camera recorded the beating after King, a black motorist, was pulled over by the officers on March 3, 1991.

More than 50 people were killed during the riots that followed the verdicts and King became a symbol of police brutality and racial tension in the city. Looting, vandalism and arson left an estimated $1 billion in damage.



http://www.cbc.ca/ne...-king-obit.html

Edited by Asrokhel, 17 June 2012 - 16:34.



#2 tiagosilva29

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 16:14

Killed by The Man.

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 17:20

Yep, still can't give a **** about this drug addicted criminal

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 17:33

Yep, still can't give a **** about this drug addicted criminal

You're such an wonderful human being.

The guy died, at least feel a little sympathy - he was hardly a murderer.

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 17:37

Yep, still can't give a **** about this drug addicted criminal

Perhaps at the time, but in all the interview's since he doesn't strike me as a drug addicted criminal.

What happened with this guy changed the country, and whether anybody likes him or not, his existence really should be respected.

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 17:43

Does not seem very newsworthy to me.

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 17:45

It's too bad I can't go and edit my original post again, here is a more in depth article done at the original link:

Rodney King, symbol of 1992 L.A. riots, dies

Rodney King, whose videotaped beating by police led to the 1992 Los Angeles riots, has died, California police said Sunday. He was 47.

King's fiancée called 911 at 5:25 a.m. local time to report she found him at the bottom of the swimming pool at their home in Rialto, Calif., said police Lt. Dean Hardin.

Officers arrived to find King unresponsive in the water, Hardin said. He was transported to Arrowhead Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 6:11 a.m.

There were no signs of foul play, Hardin said. The San Bernardino County coroner will perform an autopsy within 48 hours.

The Los Angeles riots erupted on April 29, 1992 when a mostly white jury acquitted three of the four officers accused of beating and kicking King and failed to convict the fourth.

A bystander with a video camera recorded the beating after King, a black motorist, was pulled over by the officers on March 3, 1991.

During the riots, there was another shocking scene, this time involving a white motorist. Reginal Denny was dragged from his truck and nearly murdered on live television. He was rescued by strangers and taken to hospital.

Fifty-five people were killed during the riots that followed the verdicts and King became a symbol of police brutality and racial tension in the city. Looting, vandalism and arson left an estimated $1 billion in damage.

At the time of the incident, the 25-year-old King was on parole after a robbery conviction. In a CNN interview in 2011, he recalled he had been drinking and was headed home when he saw a patrol car following him. He thought he would be sent back to prison, so he panicked after stopping the car.

Eventually, four LAPD officers — Theodore Briseno, Laurence Powell, Timothy Wind and Stacey Koon — were indicted on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and excessive use of force by a police officer.

After a three-month trial in 1992, three of the officers were acquitted of all charges. The jury, which had mostly white members, were deadlocked on one charge of excessive force against Powell, and a mistrial was declared on that charge.

'Can we all get along?'

The result triggered rioting in LA that lasted for three days, leaving more than 2,000 injured and swaths of the city on fire. At the height of the violence, King pleaded on television: "Can we all get along?"

A year later, the four officers stood trial in federal court on civil rights charges. Koon and Powell were found guilty and sentenced to 30 months in prison, while Briseno and Wind were acquitted.

King also sued the city for damages and got $3.8 million US.

In 2008, he released a memoir, The Riot Within, chronicling his difficult upbringing and his reflections on the beating. In several interviews, King said he had forgiven the officers.

In an interview with The Associated Press this year, King was in relatively good spirits: "America's been good to me after I paid the price and stayed alive through it all. This part of my life is the easy part now."



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Posted 17 June 2012 - 17:53

I bet someone got him on tape in the pool!

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 17:55

Sorry to hear, but still really could care less. People die every day, and guess what it is another day.

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 18:13

Does not seem very newsworthy to me.


He invented Youtube.

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 18:18

It funny how people take the time to click a link and post that they dont care in one topic but ignore the other topics they dont care about. Why not post that you dont care in the other forum posts? Im looking at " Can anyone recommend parental control software (anti-porn)?" why not post that you dont care there?

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 18:22

even if he was a piece of **** you don't get a free pass to kick his ass if you're the police (theres something wrong if you want to be judge jury and executioner). i think people like to forget that.

his situation changed america and LA considerably so this is news

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 18:24

Sorry to hear, but still really could care less. People die every day, and guess what it is another day.


could care less? so you care a little bit.. good stuff, glad to know someone is sympathetic

it's not the fact that "people die every day", it's the fact that this particular person was involved in one of the most pivotal events with regards to 'race issues' in the USA of the 90s

it is just the same as when, at the end of the main news headlines, they say "jo bloggs died today.. he was best well know for inventing the <device>" nothing more, nothing less... but still important

grow up.

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 18:58

Sorry to hear, but still really could care less. People die every day, and guess what it is another day.


same goes to you then

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 19:06

Yep, still can't give a **** about this drug addicted criminal


Let me guess, you're white, under 24, and live in either south US or the east coast. Am I right?