Rodney King

Victim of Police Violence Rodney King Full Name: Rodney King
Nationality: American

Profession: Victim of Police Violence
Why Famous: Rodney King, an African American construction worker was on parole for robbery when after a car chase in Los Angeles he was stopped and beaten by LA police officers in 1991. The beating was filmed and shown around the world. Four of the police officers were acqitted of assault in a Los Angeles court, sparking the 1992 LA riots in which 53 people were killed. Two of these officers were subsequently convicted of violating King's civil rights. King was later awarded US$3.8 million compensation in a federal civil rights case but for the rest of his life struggled to come to terms with the events and his personal addictions, accidentally drowning in 2012.

Born: April 2, 1965
Star Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sacramento, California, USA

Died: June 17, 2012 (aged 47)
Cause of Death: Accidental drowning

Married Life

  • 1985-04-27 Police violence victim Rodney King (20) weds Dennetta Lyles
  • 1989-02-20 Police violence victim Rodney King (23) weds Crystal Lynnette Waters

Historical Events in the Life of Rodney King

  • 1991-03-03 LA Police severely beat motorist Rodney King, captured on amateur video
  • 1991-03-15 4 LA police are charged with beating Rodney King
  • 1992-02-05 Jury selection begins in the LA police beating Rodney King case
  • 1992-04-29 Jury acquits LA police officers of beating Rodney King, riots begin
  • 1992-05-01 LA Dodgers postpone 3 games due to racial riots over Rodney King beating
  • 1992-08-05 4 cops in Rodney King beating case indicted on civil rights charge
  • 1993-02-03 Federal trial of 4 police officers charged with civil rights violations in videotaped beating of Rodney King begins in LA Calif
  • 1993-03-09 Rodney King in Simi Valley court says he thinks he heard cops yell racial slurs
  • 1993-04-16 Jury reaches guilty verdict in Federal case against police officer who beat Rodney King, but the verdict is not read until April 17th
  • 1993-04-17 Two Los Angeles police officers convicted in federal court of violating Rodney King's civil rights
  • 1994-04-19 Rodney King award $3,800,000 in compensation for his police beating

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