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Rodney King dies at 47

Rodney King

Rodney King

LOS ANGELES — Rodney King, the black motorist whose 1991 videotaped beating by Los Angeles police officers was the touchstone for one of the most destructive race riots in the nation’s history, was declared dead early Sunday after being pulled from the bottom of his swimming pool. He was 47.

King’s fiancée called 911 at 5:25 a.m. to report that she found him in the pool at their home in Rialto, Calif., police Lt. Dean Hardin said.

Officers arrived to find King in the deep end of the pool and pulled him out. King was unresponsive, and officers began CPR until paramedics arrived. He was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 6:11 a.m., police said.

Police Capt. Randy De Anda said King had been by the pool throughout the early morning and had been talking to his fiancee, who was inside the home at the time. A statement from police said the preliminary investigation indicates a drowning, with no signs of foul play.

Investigators will await autopsy results to determine whether drugs or alcohol were involved, but De Anda said there were no alcoholic beverages or paraphernalia found near the pool.

Authorities didn’t identify the fiancée. King earlier said he was engaged to Cynthia Kelley, one of the jurors in the civil rights case that gave King $3.8 million in damages.

De Anda said King had another visitor that night but that person had left earlier.

A neighbor of King said that around 3 a.m. she heard music and people talking next door and what sounded like someone who was very emotional.

“It seemed like someone was really crying, like really deep emotions,” said Sandra Gardea, 31, a dental hygienist instructor who recently moved in. “And it just got louder and louder. Everybody woke up. Even the kids woke up.”

She described the sound as “like moaning, like in pain. Like tired or sad, you know?”

Gardea said this went on for some time and then stopped.

“I heard someone say, ‘OK, Please stop. Go inside the house.’ … We heard quiet for a few minutes. Then after that we heard a splash in the back. And that’s when a few minutes later we see the cops arrive and everyone arrive and we see him being taken in a gurney.”

The 1992 riots, which were set off by the acquittals of the officers who beat King, lasted three days and left 55 people dead, more than 2,000 injured and swaths of Los Angeles on fire. At the height of the violence, King pleaded on television: “Can we all get along?”

King, a 25-year-old on parole from a robbery conviction, was stopped for speeding on a darkened street on March 3, 1991. He was on parole and had been drinking — he later said that led him to try to evade police.

Four Los Angeles police officers hit him more than 50 times with their batons, kicked him and shot him with stun guns, leaving King with numerous skull fractures, a broken eye socket and facial nerve damage.

A man who had quietly stepped outside his home to observe the commotion videotaped most of it and turned a copy over to a TV station. It was played over and over for the following year, inflaming racial tensions across the country.

It seemed that the videotape would be the key evidence to a guilty verdict against the officers, whose felony assault trial was moved to the predominantly white suburb of Simi Valley, Calif. Instead, 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.

Violence erupted immediately, starting in South Los Angeles.

Police, seemingly caught off guard, were quickly outnumbered by rioters and retreated. As the uprising spread to the city’s Koreatown area, shop owners armed themselves and engaged in running gun battles with looters.

During the riots, a white truck driver named Reginald Denny was pulled by several black men from his cab and beaten almost to death. He required surgery to repair his shattered skull, reset his jaw and put one eye back into its socket.

King himself, in his recently published memoir, “The Riot Within: My Journey from Rebellion to Redemption,” said FBI agents warned him a riot was expected if the officers were acquitted, and urged him to keep a low profile so as not to inflame passions.

The four officers who beat King — Stacey Koon, Theodore Briseno, Timothy Wind and Laurence Powell — were indicted in the summer of 1992 on federal civil rights charges. Koon and Powell were convicted and sentenced to two years in prison, and King was awarded $3.8 million in damages.

The police chief, Daryl Gates, who had been hailed as an innovator in the national law enforcement community, came under intense criticism from city officials who said officers were slow to respond to the riots. He resigned under pressure soon after. Gates died of cancer in 2010.

In the two decades after he became the central figure in the riots, King was arrested several times, mostly for alcohol-related crimes, the last in Riverside Calif., last July. He later became a record company executive and a reality TV star, appearing on shows such as “Celebrity Rehab.”

In an interview earlier this year with The Associated Press, King said he was a happy man.

“America’s been good to me after I paid the price and stayed alive through it all,” he says. “This part of my life is the easy part now.”

Rev. Al Sharpton said in a statement that King was a symbol of the civil and anti-police brutality movement.

“Through all that he had gone through with his beating and his personal demons he was never one to not call for reconciliation and for people to overcome and forgive,” Sharpton wrote. “History will record that it was Rodney King’s beating and his actions that made America deal with the excessive misconduct of law enforcement.”

Attorney Harland Braun, who represented one of the police officers, Ted Briseno, in the federal trial, said King’s name would always be a part of Los Angeles history.

“I always saw him as a sad figure swept up into something bigger than he was,” Braun said. “He wasn’t a hero or a villain. He was probably just a nice person.”

King’s case never would have become such a symbol without the video, he said.

“If there hadn’t been a video there would have never been a case. In those days, you might have claimed excessive force but there would have been no way to prove it.”

The San Bernardino County coroner will perform an autopsy on King within 48 hours.

Comments

agirl_25 1 year, 10 months ago


"Rev. Al Sharpton said in a statement that King was a symbol of the civil and anti-police brutality movement."

The black community has certainly lowered its standards when they call this clown a civil rights hero. How does getting a beating make you a civil rights hero? But then Al Sharpton, in my opinion, is nothing more than a fork-tongued pulpit pimp so I never would take anything he said seriously.

I think his beating and trial represented the racist ideas of the 90's when every problem was based on rascism, thanks to Oprah.

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Bubbavet_rureel 1 year, 10 months ago

Welcome to the South, R.I.P civil rights activist.

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Abytaxpayer 1 year, 10 months ago

“King, a 25-year-old on parole from a robbery conviction, was stopped for speeding on a darkened street on March 3, 1991. He was on parole and had been drinking — he later said that led him to try to evade police” Rev. Al Sharpton said that King was a symbol of the anti-police brutality movement. Deciding not to respect a Police command to pull over while speeding and drunk is ok and then you are elevated to a national symbol because the police used force on the resisting offender. Just another example of no respect for law and order and no personal responsibility or personal integrity. Coach and BVR before you start praising King for running away for the Law while drunk (aka your civil rights activist) I was in LA then and saw firsthand how King’s followers decimated their own neighborhoods. Rocket scientist they were NOT, mindless criminals they were.

Sorry to hear he pasted in such a horrific way and wish he could have beat the alcohol. In his later years he had try to help young black males not be like his younger days but Alcohol keep pulling him down.

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coachjohnson42 1 year, 10 months ago

Come on...where are my racists??? You guys know you can hate better than that.....Here is your chance to say something really ignorant again....Go ahead, take a shot at a dead man. Go ahead and try to tell Black Leaders what they should be doing as if you have some great power over them..... Go ahead and say Rodney King should have been beaten by the police or that he deserved it.....Go ahead and make another SICK STUPID comment as usual.......We are waiting.......

Pure hate coming in 5,4,3,2,1....go!!!

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VSU 1 year, 10 months ago

Not saying he deserved the beating, but if he would have stayed down on the ground like the police told him to do instead of getting up and resisting them, he may have avoided that beating. Plain and simple!

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Abytaxpayer 1 year, 10 months ago

Ok Coach please explain to everyone why King was such a Hero and idol back in 1991. Show us how non-racist and truly smart you are. BVR if Coach can’t do it you are welcome to jump in……….3……2…..1……..Wow the silence is Deafening

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coachjohnson42 1 year, 10 months ago

Nobody said he was a HERO dumb person, he was a victim of police brutality. You should have been in L.A. after those cops were acquitted, the people of L.A would have loved you.....

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VietVet1 1 year, 10 months ago

Remember the white truck driver that was beatean nearly to death? Yep, your fine folks of LA got away with that one. And please tell my why they had to loot?

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agirl_25 1 year, 10 months ago

His name is Reginald Denney I believe and to me he is a real hero. Ever wonder about the scumbags who attacked him? One is a crackhead and one is in prison and one is dead. Don't know or care about the others but hopefully they are pushing up daisies too. Denney keeps a very low profile. Remember the poor attackers were victims of poverty and racism, it made them do it..boo hoo......break my heart. One of them, Damien Williams, is in prison on other charges and I hope he rots there.

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Abytaxpayer 1 year, 10 months ago

CJ First he was a Victim of his own arrogance and stupidity. The Police were not out looking to beat people but they did release some of their rage on King for the problem he alone created that day. King acted (drinking, driving evading Police) and the Police reacted (beat the H*** of King). And for your info I was in LA then and most of the people of LA were not like the pictures you saw on TV. Most of the people of LA were outraged by what they saw happening, including a lot of Blacks. So stop speaking of things you know nothing of! The simple truth is Respect the Law and the Law will respect you, or spit on the law and the Law will not be so kind in return. Unless you are the Prez who now thinks it is ok to bend the Laws to get votes.

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Bubbavet_rureel 1 year, 10 months ago

We said you're right, King also agree with you, why are you missing the can we get along calming the mob point?

You dont want to get along.

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VietVet1 1 year, 10 months ago

Come on...where are my racists??? You guys know you can hate better than that.....Here is your chance to say something really ignorant again....Go ahead, take a shot at a dead man. Go ahead and try to tell Black Leaders what they should be doing as if you have some great power over them..... Go ahead and say Rodney King should have been beaten by the police or that he deserved it.....Go ahead and make another SICK STUPID comment as usual.......We are waiting.......

Pure hate coming in 5,4,3,2,1....go!!!

SOoooo when does the looting start?

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Hawk59 1 year, 10 months ago

Rest in Peace Mr. Rodney G. King.....

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Bubbavet_rureel 1 year, 10 months ago

King looked past his sinful ways while recovering from police brutality, and heroically he quoted can we all just get along. That since of humility made King an Icon and hero.

His legacy will be a part of American history.

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VSU 1 year, 10 months ago

Aw come on, Rappin' Rodney didn't say those words on his own accord, they had him say those words to try to calm people down. If King would have said what was really on his mind, he probably would have taken another beatdown.

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VietVet1 1 year, 10 months ago

Bet the neighbors & kids loved being awoken by "an icon and hero."

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rock 1 year, 10 months ago

The unwarrented beating of Reginald Denny has been forgotten, Why was this man removed from his truck and beaten within an inch of his life by blacks, and then Koreatown was looted and burned largely by blacks because they did not agree with the verdict and then people say "Why can't we all get along". Rodney King may have been trying to correct his past, but at time he was on parole, driving intoxicated, evading police and I am sure was not a model citizen while he was being arrested. In a world where people say we can't get along, simply go to the Albany Mall and witness the amount of teenagers who will go out of their way to bump in to a person, take up the entire walk ways and not move when asked and the vulgar and offensive language. AND yes there are white teenagers there as well, but the biggest grouping of people are of color. We can't get along because certain sub-cultures seem to want to manifest a hate environment.

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agirl_25 1 year, 10 months ago

Let's not forget those who were killed during the rioting....I think I read someplace the number was over 50. Not sure.

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agonized 1 year, 10 months ago

From what I read, 53 were killed, thousands were injured and it was estimated that damages to property in L.A. were over a billion dollars. As time passes, I'd forgotten how truly bad it really was. It scares me sometimes in this divided environment in America how close we are to potential rioting. And these days it seems we are divided over EVERYTHING, not just by race.

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coachjohnson42 1 year, 10 months ago

He was unjustly beaten just like Rodney was unjustly beaten...The mob felt like it was a fair trade.

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gotanyfacts 1 year, 10 months ago

Coach... What is your opinion people who would consider the beating of a person unrelated to the Rodney King incident "a fair trade"?

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Sally_O 1 year, 10 months ago

If they wanted to be fair, beat up one of the policemen, not an innocent person that had absolutely nothing to do with it. It wasn't fair at all.

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agonized 1 year, 10 months ago

As a general rule, mobs don't think or feel. They just do. Given that this was considered the worst riot in modern U.S. times, I seriously doubt they were "feeling" the beating was a "fair trade", which is a sick concept in any event.

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coachjohnson42 1 year, 10 months ago

its should have never happened...both sides were wrong.....

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waltspecht 1 year, 10 months ago

I find it interesting that his girlfriend was one of the Juror's that awarded him the 4 Million Dollar settlement. Yes, had he obeyed the law to start with, and obeyed lawful orders afterward, none of it would have happened. He chose not to in both cases. Now how about the folks responsible for all the carnage and theft folks liked to call a riot. Just how many of them were even caught and prosecuted? Yes, the Police were over zealous in their attempt to subdue him, but who do the riot victims get to sue?

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willie 1 year, 10 months ago

Why are you guys all frustated over some thing that happened in the past, get over it as I'm sure Kings beating had nothing to do with Albany,Ga. Hard to even think that a group of person's can be angry over something that they had nothing to do with. Life is too short to be bothered by yesteryears news. Please make an attempt to enjoy your day.

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agirl_25 1 year, 10 months ago

willie........I am not at all frustrated...I am merely giving an opinion, just as you gave your opinion. Maybe I was angry over the jury's decision or maybe I was angry over the court system that tied the hands of the jury and made it impossible for them to bring what I and many others felt was a fair and just verdict. Maybe it is not the first time I have gotten angry at the justice system, not only in California but here in the area, for what I think are stupid decisions by a stupid system. Do not ASSUME I am frustrated.....you have no idea what I am thinking when I post an OPINION. Oh, and PS...I had a lovely day, made no attempt either, they come natural.

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Sally_O 1 year, 10 months ago

I had nothing to do with slavery either, but we have to hear from the black folks who think they have been mistreated.

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AnotherMom 1 year, 10 months ago

Rodney King was wrong for running from the cops, but he didn't do anything any worse than hundreds of other people have over the years. He got caught, which was good. The law worked up to that point. However, he did not deserve to be beaten within an inch of his life. The cops were wrong to do that. The rioters were not wrong in being upset about the verdict but they were wrong in killing innocent people & destroying property. All of the parties involved in this situation were equally guilty in some ways & innocent in others. People choose one side or the other based on the color of someone's skin & start shooting blindly; it is really sad.

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VSU 1 year, 10 months ago

Once again if King would have stayed on the ground like the police ordered him to do, he could avoided that beatdown. plus he was on PSP or whatever you call it, that made him appear to be stronger than he really was. People break the law, resist arrest, but it's always the policeman's fault.

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VSU 1 year, 10 months ago

No, you are the true idiot. You're an idiot 7 days a week and twice on Sundays. Put that in your crackpipe idiot.

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Sally_O 1 year, 10 months ago

This coming from a moran that exposes himself on a public message board as being the village clown. CJ the clown. I hope the 42 doesn't reflect your age, because you act like a 12 year old.

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Bubbavet_rureel 1 year, 10 months ago

willie, it's called mentality, in these guys mind, they, them, are all the same. Remember when you point one finger, you have four pointing back at you.

King tried to calm both mobs by chanting "can we all just get along" I feel that if King could comment to the negative and positive commenters, he would say " can we all just get along"

If fact I'm saying for him, sister, mrkia, walt, bubba, vietvet, albtax, april, anothermom, lulu, and the others "can we all just get along" these are words from an Icon and hero that are engrained in the minds of people of this world.

The Real, tell it like it is Deal, Bubbavet_rureel

Note: Helping people get along.

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Sally_O 1 year, 10 months ago

Maybe if you went away for good, we'd get along just fine.

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Bubbavet_rureel 1 year, 10 months ago

King was not are have never been a saint like VSU, however, he had the vision for Coach and VSU to get along.

Coach have tried to get along, but it has been difficult for VSU.

R.I.P. - Icon and Hero

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VSU 1 year, 10 months ago

Coach hasn't tried to get along with anybody. Always instigating mindless posts to annoy other posters.

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Sally_O 1 year, 10 months ago

I still say Coach & BVR are the same person.

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VSU 1 year, 10 months ago

Stupid idiots think alike....

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VSU 1 year, 10 months ago

Oh, so you are admitting that you and BVR are racist fools? Didn't know you had any honesty in you coach.

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Abytaxpayer 1 year, 10 months ago

BVR please check in with Coach.
He is telling lies on you.
"Nobody said he was a HERO dumb person" You claim King is a “Icon and Hero”. How are we going to be able to rebut Dumbacrates if they can't get their stories straight?

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coachjohnson42 1 year, 10 months ago

YOU ARE TRYING THE GOOD OLE BOY TECHNIQUE OF "DIVIDE AND CONQUER" .......IT WONT WORK!!! BVR IS THE MAN AND HE KEEPS YOU STRAIGHT.....HE HAS A RIGHT TO SPEAK HIS MIND ANYWAY HE PLEASES TAXBOY....

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Sally_O 1 year, 10 months ago

Oh keep quiet BVR/Coach One and the same.

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coachjohnson42 1 year, 10 months ago

Oh hush ....Sally from Charlie Brown Christmas special....lol

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VSU 1 year, 10 months ago

You remind me of Carl Winslow of the sitcom "Family Matters" He was a bumbling idiot as well.

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Abytaxpayer 1 year, 10 months ago

Coach So again with the double standard! White man say something you don’t like you call him “dumb person” your bro says same thing and you say “HE HAS A RIGHT TO SPEAK HIS MIND ANYWAY HE PLEASES” so all that is left now is for you to ignore that fact and call me racist. You are a MASTER cow pie flinger!

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coachjohnson42 1 year, 10 months ago

No, i am just too smart to play your stupid game.....I know the drill tax-boy!!

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Bubbavet_rureel 1 year, 10 months ago

Now you're speaking the truth, and it will take generations to clean up the mess created.

Keep it coming rookie.

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Abytaxpayer 1 year, 10 months ago

The Truth is King was a SELF Made Victim. No one but King directed his destiny that day.

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coachjohnson42 1 year, 10 months ago

AND THE TRUTH IS IF YOU BELIEVE THAT....YOU ARE A SICK PUPPY. NOBODY DESERVES TO BE BEATEN LIKE THAT REGARDLESS OF WHAT THEY DID .....THE POLICE WERE WRONG AND YOU KNOW IT.

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Sally_O 1 year, 10 months ago

You're a sick puppy, using the identity of BVR and CJ42, trying to make people believe in your BS. Talk about being desperate to get a pat on the back, a sick puppy patting yourself on the back.

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Abytaxpayer 1 year, 10 months ago

I never said King deserved to be beat! >I said he was a self-made victim. King was the one who decided to drink and drive himself. King knew when he ran from the Police that from his past experiences as a criminal that it was not going to end well for him. King knew from other stories of Police brutality that they were going to make him pay for his actions yet He decided to keep going and adding more fuel to their rage. Now were the police wrong? I was not at the scene so I don’t know. Did they take his beat down too far? Definantly!!!!! Having worked with police I know what they sometimes encounter when they chase bad guys and what they are put through to try and subdue the bad guys. Do I fault a policeman for a little payback after risking his own life to try and protect society from the bad guys. NO… But a beat down is way past a head banged against a door or handcuffs too tight. Most Police are just trying to do the best job they can to protect us and save us from bad people so don’t blame them when the bad guys get out of hand and the Police as forced to step up their actions to take charge of the situation.. It is funny how some people condemn the Police for every little but when they need help they call the Police.

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coachjohnson42 1 year, 10 months ago

The police have probably always been your friend too right??? Not to many Blacks.....They have serious history of police brutality against minorities and still do it to this day. You cant defend their actions without sounding like a fool so give it a rest tax-boy...

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Abytaxpayer 1 year, 10 months ago

Coach your cow pie mentality is showing. Yep the police have always been my friend. Even when I have been stopped by two officers at gun point, once with gun in hand but not pointed at me, once for being white, once driving a car with a Georgia tag, twice for the car I was driving, and several times just to help fill ticket quotas. In every case I have respected the officers no matter how wrong they were because I did not want to upset the officers any more than they were and almost every time it ended well for me because I treated them like I wanted to be treated.

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coachjohnson42 1 year, 9 months ago

I would love to demonstrate the actions of the LAPD on you. You play Rodney King, and I'll play one of those law-abiding cops...

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Bubbavet_rureel 1 year, 10 months ago

Coach was encouraging democracy, that the beauty of democracy, each indiviual have a say, we call it free speech, myself and Coach can agree when we disagree. In fact I look up to Coach, he handle you negative commenters with wisdom and knowledge. I know in my heart that you guys respect and value Coach opinion, in fact when he is silent, you guys have a fit, chanting were is Coach, I know he have something to say. When you guys are schooled by me an Coach you regress to words like idot, dumb, and other demeaning verbage.

Abytaxpayer, are you really a tax payer? Are you a person that hate the system?

Remember you're a rookie in this game. I play with your head most of the time.

The Real Bill Payer Deal, bubbavet_rureel

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coachjohnson42 1 year, 10 months ago

MAN...YOU SAID A MOUTHFUL HERE......TAKE IT EASY BUBBA, THEY CANT HANDLE THE TRUTH....THEY NEED LIES TO FEED AND PROSPER.....TRUTH EATS AT THEIR SOUL AND DRIVES THEM BATTY......LETS GIVE 'EM A BREAK AND CONQUER NEW TERRITORY.....OUR WORK IS DONE!!!

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Sally_O 1 year, 10 months ago

The only truthful thing you have said since you're been here. Must be tiresome going back and forth writing a post as CJ42, then turn around and writing a post as BVR just so it seems someone is agreeing with you. What an idiot! You must be a lonely person.

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coachjohnson42 1 year, 10 months ago

Sally rode a very short bus to school everyday.......

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Bubbavet_rureel 1 year, 10 months ago

I would like to see a committie formed to plan a monument for King, Sister, Albytax, and MRKIA would you be interested in spear heading a list of places for this monument?

Before you guys respond, pray first, we would like to hear something realistic.

The Real Bubbavet, the other cousin have publicly distanced himself from me and the Bubba family.

Keep it coming rookies or take a break from commenting to master Bubba.

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Sally_O 1 year, 10 months ago

Yeah, A monument with him holding a whiskey bottle to his mouth. Typical that people glorify a lawbreaker and drunk and make him out to be a hero. He was a drunken bum.

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Abytaxpayer 1 year, 10 months ago

Sorry there is already a monument to King. It once was called Koreatown in LA.

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Margie 1 year, 10 months ago

Such a sad way to die, after having gone through so much. King indeed was breaking the law when he tried to outrun the state police. Very wrong, indeed. But, the beating that he got, was not well deserved, regardless. Furthermore, based on the evidence he was down on the ground as he was asked, and the beating began then. The beating was not called for at all. There were enough officers to subdue this young man to the ground and handcuff him, and transport him to jail. But, thank God, someone was there watching with his video camera and captured the entire beating. Without the video, there would not have been an investigation at all. It did not give police the right to beat this man, nor was it right for the trucker to be beaten by angry mobs of people. Just as the lawyer stated, King was not a hero, nor villian, likely a nice person. I surmise that he was young, and follish like so many of us have been in our day and even now. But, the saddness in all of this is, all those years have past, and we are still no better off as people. Hate is just everywhere, and I would have thought my now that we as God creations would be at a better place by now. King, was no hero of mine, but his beating certainly enlighten the world about the brutality of police in this country and the unfairness of it all, whether black, white, yellow, or any color that one may calls him or herself.

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Hawk59 1 year, 10 months ago

Great comment Margie. If we can't respect the living, at least we should try and respect the dead. So glad to see someone responding from the heart, instead of inciting meaningless comments from others.

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agonized 1 year, 10 months ago

This was a very well-written comment, Margie. I commend you for your thoughtfulness and I agree with much of it. From what I heard of an interview with Rodney King earlier this year, he was a pretty well-spoken guy. He admitted to being young, drunk and stupid , but said that he meant it when he stated, "Can we all just get along?"

From what I heard, he had subsequent run-ins with the law as a result of his alcoholism, and he had continuing medical problems from the beating. Make no mistake, he's no hero of mine either, but he brought a name and a face to racial tensions at that period of time, as did the truckdriver Reginald Denney who was savagely beaten, but saved by some courageous citizens.

Sadly, I agree with you that we haven't made any progress. In fact, we are divided now not only by race, but by political affiliation, income, gender, and almost any other identifier one could think of. We live in a very tense environment these days, and it is sad when I have to explain to my young daughter things that she can't understand.

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Sally_O 1 year, 10 months ago

Fact is king kept getting back up and wouldn't stay down. He just as well have been saying thank you sir, may I have another.

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coachjohnson42 1 year, 10 months ago

If you really believe that, I want to sell you a rock that can silently speak Chinese......you can only hear it when you are sleeping......its only $500, but for you Sally, its yours for $499.....

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VSU 1 year, 10 months ago

I don't think Sally would want to buy a rock you have been living under for the past several years.

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coachjohnson42 1 year, 10 months ago

But, I got it from you VOMIT STATE UNIVERSITY.......(VSU)

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Sally_O 1 year, 10 months ago

You're a true idiot goatbreath!

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coachjohnson42 1 year, 10 months ago

Boooo.....is that the best you can do?

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Clyde 1 year, 10 months ago

Mr. Willie, please allow me to quote the beginning of your comment, "Why are you guys all frustated over something that happened in the past,". I can't agree with you more, BUT, as much as I wish with all my heart that ALL people would do as you ask and quit taking their hate and frustrations out on others because of the past, in particular..slavery, which I nor any of my family members as far back as I can go had ANYTHING to do with, we'll forever and ever have to hear the mess from both whites and blacks about it. It's just a fact of life. Mr. King's life seems to me like just another way for people to revisit, point blame, try to bring back the past for an excuse to hate. Yes, remember the past so that we learn not to do those things again but why, please tell me coach, why can't people in the year 2012 just let it die. It was aweful, it's over. No one owes anyone anything. Everyone involved is long dead. Besides that, we learn more and more as time goes on that we are not black and white, a seperated people by color because many MANY people way back then had relations and babies were born including our first lady who just yesterday news told us has a white distant cousin, why do we continue to hate? Help me our here coach.

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coachjohnson42 1 year, 10 months ago

I appreciate the spirit in which you delivered your question, so let me first commend you Clyde for doing so. Secondly, I think hate is stronger now than it was in the 1960's here in South Georgia because of two major reasons. This area has always been separated (black and white) and recently have been forced to pretend they now get along and love each other. In the 1980's Albany was almost 50/50 (Black and White) and was the good life city. However, Blacks were on one side of Albany and Whites were on another. No other section of the USA has such poor race relations than areas in the south like this. Some Whites feel like Blacks should just be happy to be alive and living in their country. Blacks feel like they were stolen from Africa and forced to be slaves in a strange land under strange rules. Whites despise Blacks living off welfare, while they pay taxes to fund it. Some Blacks feel like they are owed reparations for helping to build the USA and were denied, so now welfare is a little payback for them. Whites tried to pretend not to discriminate against Blacks in the 1970's by hiring one Black per 40 or more whites at certain companies to avoid lawsuits. However, the hate was still there. These types of attitudes were around way before Rodney King was abused, and when those cops were acquitted, Blacks felt like enough was enough and did something about it. Both sides (Blacks and Whites have never really had a true "healing time" especially in the south. Therefore, Clyde, I believe all these years of separation, discrimination, hatred, and bigotry have grown out of control and people think 'race' first before they even hear the whole story sometimes. Everything in the south today in 2012 .....is now either "Black or White"....

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VSU 1 year, 10 months ago

A little violin music would have gone great with that sob story coach.

Don't forget your old black anscesters in Africa captured and sold those slaves to America.

Just think coach, if it wasn't for slavery, you may never have been born, through generation through generation, when all the years have been said and done, your parents would have never met. If by chance you were born, you might have been on one of those feed the children commercials. You really don't know how good you have it.

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coachjohnson42 1 year, 10 months ago

dont ever teach history Mr. Vomit State University (VSU).....your tainted version smells like Boo Boo....

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Sally_O 1 year, 10 months ago

VSU is telling the truth Poo Poo brain, Alex Haley wrote the story. Never saw the movie roots where your Boi Kunte Kente got whipped and captured by those big black Africans? Big black African slave trader was counting his money as Kunte Kente was sailing towards unknown territory to his new home.

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coachjohnson42 1 year, 10 months ago

he speaks of a very small caption of African History of which you or he is no scholar....so, close your face !

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Duane_Kelley 1 year, 9 months ago

VSU dont forget those who sold others out were given the choice find us some other people or we will take you....so if you are going to tell the story tell the truth....If you had a family and I put guns to your head and said I would kill rape and enslave your family if you dont find me another family what would you do...your insensitivity to an injustice of such magnitude and ones like it is saddening

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VSU 1 year, 9 months ago

Will somebody bring out the violin please? I feel bad for what happen to them then, I don't feel sorry for those today, because anybody has the opportunity to be somebody, many choose the wrong path. Don't ask me to feel sorry for that clown walking down the street with his butt exposed to the public, I do feel sorry for that elderly woman in the wheelchair. You cry that you have it so bad, well cry me a river. People in Africa living in grass and mud huts, people here live in houses, some may me shacks, but are better than what they have. Those people I have sympathy for, bums in America that have it good, but think they don't, I have no sympathy for. Go get a job and quit crying. No matter how bad you think you have it, many people in other countries would kill you to be in your position. I do sympathize the slaves and how they were treated, but I know for a fact my anscesters never owned any slaves and didn't have anything to do with it, and I certainly had nothing to do with it, and I don't owe no one a dime.

Only losers quit and take the easy way out. Winners overcome their obstacles and builds their own roads to success. I haven't had the life of luxury, but everything I have, I have worked for it, if I get in a bind, I work myself out of it, but I do it on my own, not with no government handout. There is not a person out there who could not do the same if they applied themselves. Those that are elderly or handicaped or fallen into hard times, i have sympathy for. Those who don't want to work, and rob and kill people, no sympathy whatsoever.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 10 months ago

I had hope (stupid me) when President Obama was elected, that he would unite the country along many lines, especially race lines. Like many, though I did not vote for Obama, I was happy that the USA was not afraid to elect a Black president and that fact was celebrated by my friends, both black and white.

Unfortunately, Obama has become the most divisive president in my lifetime in his striving to be elected for a second term. He especially will not have my vote this time.

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coachjohnson42 1 year, 10 months ago

Obama is Best President ever.....when he leaves and a Repub takes over, we are going back down the toilet bowl like we did 5 years ago.....

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Sally_O 1 year, 10 months ago

Obama has turned this country into a toilet bowl, it is so filled up with his crap, it is stopped up and overflowing with B.S.

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coachjohnson42 1 year, 10 months ago

I dont know about you "toilet bowl Sally"......but I'm doing great!!! GO OBAMA GO!

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Sally_O 1 year, 10 months ago

yes swimming around in circles going nowhere.

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coachjohnson42 1 year, 10 months ago

well, you keep swimming......I'm on a cruise

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coachjohnson42 1 year, 9 months ago

but its such a nice ride........lol

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Duane_Kelley 1 year, 9 months ago

Obama did not divide the country....his election merely showed how divided this country really was in the first place....you talk as if we were all on the same page before...I respectfully argue that the division was hidden and more subtle

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coachjohnson42 1 year, 9 months ago

Mr. Kelley, I welcome your wisdom to these pitiful blogs....

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agirl_25 1 year, 10 months ago

I like to read the posts here....read most of them but some I never read, not worth my time. I love the CNN blog too and the last time I did it was about the Rodney King death and there were over 7,200 posts....most of them were negative. Seems he is not highly thought of in death. Even the comedians are posting jokes about him now too, just as they did about Richard Pryor when he set himself on fire after he freebased. I must admit some of the jokes were pretty funny but even in death he gets little respect.

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