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    Rodney King, R.I.P.

    Rodney King, R.I.P.

    Rodney King died today.

    He was a tragic figure.

    I don’t blame him for any of the violence which took place after the policemen charged with assaulting him were found not guilty.  An interesting resource on the court case is here.  I discussed how the video evidence was demolished in court in this post, What happens when Zimmerman is found “not guilty”?

    The violence was memorable, particularly the attack on Reginald Denny:

    And King’s statement “can’t we all get along” was memorable too.

    He led a troubled life.  May he rest in peace.


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    WarEagle82 | June 17, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    Rodney King may have led a tragic life as a tragic figure but he is the single greatest source and cause of his self-inflicted personal tragedy caused by drugs and alcohol leading to incredible violent episodes throughout his life.

    The LAPD was forced to use the tactics used on Rodney King by left-wing politicians. Left-wing politicians MANDATED the tactics used to subdue King. Then the left-wing politicians attacked the LAPD because LAPD used the only tactics they were allowed to use. This stuff is insane.

    Sorry the man never got his life together. But don’t worry. The race hustlers will soon find another to take his place…

      Browndog in reply to WarEagle82. | June 17, 2012 at 10:58 pm

      No worries-there will be a parade of Trayvon’s coming down the pike before the election.

      I was old enough remember the riots of ’67.


      Damn Obama if he takes us back there. Nobody– black, white, or green that remembers, wants to go back.

        WarEagle82 in reply to Browndog. | June 17, 2012 at 11:23 pm

        We never locked out doors at night before April 1968. We never left them unlocked after that time.

        I was pretty young then and didn’t really understand the significance of King’s death.

        The sad part is that the civil rights movement died that same day and has been replaced by the race-hustler’s movement…

    Browndog | June 17, 2012 at 10:43 pm


    A panelist on MSNBC called Rodney King “the Rosa Parks of our time”.

      WarEagle82 in reply to Browndog. | June 17, 2012 at 10:54 pm

      Every host on MSNBC is both nuts and among the least known hosts on cable so nobody is paying attention to anything they said…

        TrooperJohnSmith in reply to WarEagle82. | June 19, 2012 at 12:21 am

        I couldn’t find my alpha-dog, Aqua Velva, one day, and it turns out he has a show on MSNBC. Yeah, go figure. I still can’t find it on the TV, but an NBC limo picks him up on Thursday afternoons. So…

    Samuel Keck | June 17, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    As someone who lived in Los Angeles at the time the Rodney King affair took place, I don’t blame him as much for the riots that took place after the cops were basically acquitted in the state courts as I do then Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradly.

    He’s the jerk that went on local TV to tell the citizenry that if they were unhappy with those verdicts that they should “take their anger to the streets.” (direct quote — I watched him say it on tv.)

    Hours later, Reginald Denny was almost beaten to death in south central Los Angeles and the next few days of rioting were off and running at full tilt; eventually some fifty-three people died — mostly because some crooked politician got on television and carelessly ran his mouth fully intending to incite one of his constituencies.

    Between the two, Rodney King and Mayor Tom Bradley, Mr. King, in my mind, bears the lesser responsibility for the horrific Los Angeles riots.

      Ragspierre in reply to Samuel Keck. | June 18, 2012 at 1:29 am

      As Conservatives, we know that each individual bears responsibility for there own acts and omissions.

      King didn’t cause a riot. People…individual people…caused a riot. And not “them”, either.

      JackRussellTerrierist in reply to Samuel Keck. | June 18, 2012 at 1:59 am

      I remember it well. Tom Bradley was a horrible mayor. The thought that he once stood a chance of becoming governor of the once-great state of CA is terrifying. He would have been to CA what obastard is to the country.

      Bradley bears the blood of many on his hands and he knew exactly what he was doing. Rodney King, on the other hand, was a hapless idiot irresponsibly stumbling through life leaving a wake of destruction at which he shrugged his shoulders, checked out any angles to make a buck, and poured himself another drink.

      I agree. Bradley was much worse.

    Estragon | June 18, 2012 at 1:21 am

    Reginald Denny is the most famous victim of the rioting which followed the original verdict, but 55 people died in the rioting, including at least 22 murders which remain unsolved.

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