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Rodney King


Towards the end of the high-speed run after, he suffered a significant beating as a result of LAPD cops. This catalyzed the 1992 LA riots. He stole $200 throughout a robbery and was captured, convicted, and sentenced to 2 yrs behind pubs, although he just offered one and premiered in Dec of 1990. His popular quote is usually: “Can most of us go along?” He was wedded to Danetta Lyles from 1985 to 1988 and Crystal Waters from 1989 until 1996. He was also inside a romantic relationship with Cynthia Kelley from 2010 until his loss of life. He previously three daughters. His parents had been Ronald Ruler and Odessa Ruler. He was within an episode of Superstar Rehab with Dr. Drew in Oct of 2008.

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Full Name Rodney King
Date Of Birth April 2, 1965
Died June 17, 2012, Rialto, California, United States
Place Of Birth Sacramento, CA
Height 1.91 m
Profession Construction worker, Taxi driver
Nationality American
Spouse Crystal Waters, Danetta King
Parents Ronald King, Odessa King
Movies Bastards of the Party, Pimp: Even Players Must Praise Him
TV Shows Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, Celebrity Rehab Presents Sober House
Star Sign Aries

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1He was found dead at the bottom of the swimming pool at his home in Rialto, CA, on June 17, 2012. His death was the result of accidental drowning, although alcohol, cocaine, marijuana and PCP found in his system were contributing factors.
2Rodney Glen King was a motorist who, while videotaped by a by-stander George Holliday, was beaten by Los Angeles police officers during an arrest on March 3, 1991. King was kicked and hit 56 times with police batons and electrically shocked using Taser guns. In addition to the three officers personally involved, 24 other other law enforcement officers watched the beating. April 29, 1992, the officers were acquitted by a jury in a verdict that shocked much of the country. The verdict triggered massive rioting in Los Angeles which left hundreds of buildings severely damaged or destroyed and dozens dead. Then on August 4, a federal judge sentenced LAPD officers Stacey Koon and Laurence Powell to 30 months in prison for violating King's civil rights. The other officers were not convicted and there was no rioting.
3When the media referred to him as Rodney King, it was believed to be in error, as his friends and family usually referred to his as Glen (his middle name).
4Has been arrested several times for drug infractions, violence, and motoring offenses since his infamous 1991 videotaped police beating.
5Was awarded $3.8 million dollars because of excessive force when arrested in 1991.
6Arrested in April 2003 for crashing his SUV while driving.



Dying 2 Meet U2012grateful acknowledgment



Riots, Remembrance and Rodney KingDocumentary post-production
Oprah: Where Are They Now?2012TV SeriesHimself
Uprising: Hip Hop and the LA Riots2012DocumentaryHimself
Big Morning Buzz Live2012TV SeriesHimself
Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew2008-2010TV SeriesHimself - Rehab Patient / Himself - Previous Rehab Patient
Sober House2009TV SeriesHimself
Entertainment Tonight2008TV SeriesHimself
Howard Stern1998TV SeriesHimself
27th NAACP Image Awards1996TV SpecialHimself
American Justice1994TV Series documentaryHimself
The Rodney King Case: What the Jury Saw in California v. Powell1992TV Movie documentaryHimself
Court TV News1992TV SeriesHimself

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Soul Power!2013TV Series documentaryHimself
Kulturzeit2012TV SeriesHimself
The Double Conscious: Race & Rhetoric2011Video documentaryHimself
N.W.A.: The World's Most Dangerous Group2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
Bastards of the Party2005DocumentaryHimself
And You Don't Stop: 30 Years of Hip-Hop2004TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Tupac: Resurrection2003DocumentaryHimself
Dark Blue2002Himself - Impaired Driver Bashed by LAPD Officers (uncredited)
Twilight: Los Angeles2000Himself
Malcolm X1992Himself - Impaired Driver Beaten by LAPD Officers (uncredited)

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1The trouble that they see me in is a part of my life that I'm working on.
2When I leave here, when my final day on this earth is up, I want to leave in peace. I want to have peace in my heart.
3Over the years, a lot of rappers - Lil' Wayne, Ice Cube - have used my name in their songs. I'm a real touchstone of history.
4Anybody can get bigheaded once they know the seat cannot be pulled out from under them.
5For a long time, sure, I was letting the pressure of being Rodney King get to me. It ain't easy. Even now, I walk into a place wondering, 'What people are thinking? Do they know who I am? What do they think about what happened? Do they blame me for the all those people who died?'
6As a black man, you run from the cops. It's different now, but back when I was coming up, you run.
7What I've learned to do is arrest my addiction - arrest it myself, so I don't get arrested.
8I realize I will always be the poster child for police brutality, but I can try to use that as a positive force for healing and restraint.
9As far as having peace within myself, the one way I can do that is forgiving the people who have done wrong to me. It causes more stress to build up anger. Peace is more productive.
10Waking up sober is a good day. I love being able to wake up and do positive things, to go to the gym.
11We wouldn't be as far along as a country if we didn't take on some of Martin Luther King's ways that he instilled in us.
12I sometimes feel like I'm caught in a vice. Some people feel like I'm some kind of hero. Others hate me.
13Nice guys just don't finish first in the music industry.
14I had to learn to forgive. I couldn't sleep at night. I got ulcers. I had to let go, to let God deal with it. No one wants to be mad in their own house. I didn't want to be angry my whole life. It takes so much energy out of you to be mean.
15I tell myself time heals. It really does.
16People look at me like I should have been like Malcolm X or Martin Luther King or Rosa Parks. I should have seen life like that and stay out of trouble, and don't do this and don't do that. But it's hard to live up to some people's expectations.
17It's not painful to relive it. I'm comfortable with my position in American history.
18Obama, he wouldn't have been in office without what happened to me and a lot of black people before me. He would never have been in that situation, no doubt in my mind. He would get there eventually, but it would have been a lot longer. So I am glad for what I went through. It opened the doors for a lot of people.
19It's happening right now... it's just not on film, it's not being recorded.
20I'm a religious person. I remember my mom told me: 'Vengeance belongs to God. It's up to him to wreak vengeance.' It's hard for me to get to that point, but that's the work of God.
21I know and value what it means to wake up and be alive and to share my story. I'm so blessed to be here and to be able to talk about it.
22I don't see how you can grow as a world without being able to get along with people. So many people is hating out there and it's not making a difference.
23I saw my hometown burning that day.
24(in reaction to the riots) 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.

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