Rodney King: Good Riddance!

Jun 17th, 2012 | By | Category: Katz Litterbox

If the ex-con had not resisted a lawful arrest, there would have been no beating and no riots

Rodney King, 47, was found dead this morning at the bottom of the swimming pool at his home in Rialto, California.  It couldn’t have happened to a more deserving guy.

The L.A. cops have received all the blame for the riots that occurred after the acquittal of four officers for the 1991 beating of King, a worthless ex-con.  It all started when Tim and Melanie Singer, a CHP husband-and-wife team, pulled him and two male companions over after a high-speed traffic chase.  While King’s companions offered no resistance, King did and Melanie Singer could not handle him.  Enter some L.A. cops and the rest is history.

Had King, who is believed to have been high on something, not resisted arrest, Melanie Singer would have been able to take him in custody and that would have been that.  But Singer’s inability was not her fault.  King was a giant of a man and even a male cop probably would not have been able to subdue him under the same circumstances  without resorting to extreme force – four L.A. cops couldn’t do it until they kicked the shit out of him.

King has been busted at least five or six times since a jury awarded him $3.8 million for the beating.  He was at best a doper and a drunk.  Rodney’s fiance told police he had been smoking pot and drinking all night before his terminal rehabilitation at the bottom of his pool.

The fault for King getting beat up and the subsequent riots is not that of Melanie Singer, nor that of the four L.A. cops that kicked the shit out of old Rodney until he stopped resisting.  The fault is almost entirely King’s – the media helped by running a loop of the video tape that made it look like the beating went on and on and on, which of course it did not.

Long live the King?  Hell no, not this one!  I say good riddance to Rodney.

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17 Comments to “Rodney King: Good Riddance!”

  1. crazy says:

    they hit the man 57 times with a pr24 not justified! lapd was asking for what they got. they treated everyone in that community as if they were crimminals. so it was a matter of time before it exploded rodney king was just kicker at the time. i think in the zimmerman case. he approached boy. boy says leave me the hell alone. boy kicks ole georges ass. georgie shoots boy. shoulda left the kid alone he wouldnt be in the situation hes in and the kid wouldnt be dead.

    • Bob Walsh says:

      Of course if King (who was on parole) had simply gone along with the program he would not have gotten thumped and 54 people might be alive today who are not. He was a violent confrontational asshole who is now a dead violent confrontational asshole.

      As far as Zimmerman/Martin, nobody knows what happened except the two principles, one of who is now dead. Zimmerman was within his rights following Martin. Martin was within his rights telling Zimmerman to bugger off. Martin was not within his rights physically attacking Zimmerman for following him (assuming it actually went down that way). Zimmerman was within his rights shooting Martin (assuming again it actually went down that way).

  2. Gadfly says:

    Shortly after Mr. King won his lawsuit against the City of Los Angeles, he moved to Upland and lived for a few years in a house adjacent to our police department employee parking lot. He was not a good neighbor. Mr. King was involved in some domestic violence incidents and destroyed property inside a local liquor store. I would contend that Mr. King lived most of his adult life as if what had happened to him on that infamous traffic stop was just one more excuse to pursue lawlessness. His arrests continued for a number of years in Pomona, Moreno Valley, and Fontana as did his substance abuse. His antics in Upland and Rialto showed little change in behavior after his “life-changing” experience. The big lottery win in the courts was quickly surrendered to attorneys or squandered, and his notoriety within the media gained him little personal advantage except as a poster child for militant blame-layers who believe all cops are racists and brutal thugs.

    What the media still refuses to admit in the matter of Mr. King was that the majority of their reporting and perpetual regurgitation of the infamous videotape inflamed a specific minority group, which led to the riots in 1992, wide-spread looting and lawlessness in its wake, and death, injury, and property destruction. Media reporting ignored Mr. King’s parole status at the time (and later so did the CDCR.) Political correctness was king in this incident. The officers involved were tried and found guilty of abuse in the media long before any court proceeding took place. The media stirred the police abuse pot with a racism stick to the boiling point. In the opinion of the press, the video-taped incident appeared to be overwhelming proof that White cops beat helpless Black men as a matter of Department policy. Media focus intentionally ignored Mr. King’s behavior. It was as if every illegal thing Mr. King had done leading up to his attempted detention had nothing to do with the use of force employed by the police. A jury acquitted the officers of wrong-doing. Then all hell broke loose.

    In my estimation Rodney King was simply a media dupe. The press got their story, militant leaders and activists grabbed whatever attention and power they could, and Mr. King became irrelevant. Once he served his purpose, Mr. King was discarded and friendless. He fell back into familiar patterns of behavior that had always drawn the attention of the police. I am not surprised that he was found dead in a pool. He had been drowning in a pool of his poor decision-making and life choices long before he met LAPD on that fateful day. Very little seems to have changed in hindsight.

    I hope he made peace with God before his passing.

    • Gadfly says:

      Shortly after the 1992 riot, I penned this poem and later published it in my first book in 2005. It summed up my feelings and assessment of the mess that followed. As I have surmised then and contend now, little has changed.

      On Rodney King

      If e’er there was a time or place to not judge something on its face,
      Then let the heralds cease to sing cacophony to Rodney King.
      No doubt the pundits, meaning well, subject us all to living hell.
      The truth is no less hard to take and harder yet in Riot’s wake.

      If justice is the end you sought, then by what means should it be sought?
      For if your trial’s in the street, then justice you will never mete.
      No fouler symbol Rodney brings; antithesis to Martin King.
      For Rodney lived above the laws while Martin served a higher cause.

      The loudest voices in the fray forgot the words in which to pray.
      Instead they love to castigate and spew their epithets of hate.
      And all the while, as tension swells, these harlequins condemn themselves.
      And do the greatest human harm; to save a foot, they lose an arm.

      (excerpt from The Sting of the Gadfly, Gregory Allen Doyle, Lifevest Publishing, CO, pp 106-107)

    • Fred says:

      Excellent post, Gadfly.

  3. Bob Walsh says:

    You should be ashamed of yourself Howie. Rodney was an apostle of peace, don’t you remember “Can’t we all just get along?” Of course he got along with a pile of money, so I guess that helps.

    On a side note, a friend with the LAPD absolutely denies the rumor that Rodney had a cinder block tied around his neck and a PR-24 shoved up his ass.

  4. kl2008a says:

    Your right about how the media fueled the fire, then went on after the trials, to fan the flames higher. Maye, just maybe now, do you think he’ll stay down when told to do so?

    I think they said he had PCP and alcohol in his system when he resisted arrest (and got his ass kicked accordingly).

    • kl2008a says:

      on a similar note, watch for the same with the Zimmerman fiasco. Buy plenty of fire insurance and ammo for that one cause baby, it’s coming.

      • Alley Cat says:

        I In llooking at the evidence, I do believe Zimmerman did commit murder and that his wife is guilty of perjury, but I also believe that the media played up the race angle so unnecessarily. Why on earth must we care if his victim was black, was wearing a hoodie or had marijuana in his system? That has no bearing on the fact that he was a teenager, completely unarmed and still shot dead by Zimmerman. The media’s playing toward stereotypes and painting Zimmerman as a racist and his child victim as a “thug” is all unnecessary and is sure to ignite all sorts of unnecessary fanfare.

        But, I think this is all purposefuly being done. The media wants to draw racial lines and divisions, because the election is in November and we have a black president running for re-election against a white frontrunner. (It’s the same reason why they had to dig up crap all the way from Romney’s high school years to paint him as anti-gay, just 48 hours after Obama endorsed gay marriage.) Had we a white president running for re-election, there would suddenly be all sorts of press coverage on Fox News about the problem of illegal immigrants and the crimes they are committing in states bordering Mexico, to bring conservative voters to the ballot box.

        Whatever happened to real journalism and Walter Kronkite? All we get these days is politically-charged infotainment.

        • Steelheader says:

          Alley Cat, your opening line is a disgrace. WE the people, only know what the media has allowed us to know. The case is being tried in the public eye. Just as the RK incident. A month before this story was released GZ was detained, interogated and released after an investigation was conducted that revealed he was within his rights and the law to defend himself. You, like the rest of the country, have forgotten that we are innocent UNTIL proven guilty in a COURT OF LAW. Not a court of public opinion. Unfortunately for GZ, his fate is already written. He will go to prison for doing what was already determined to be rightlful by law.

          • kl2008a says:

            What you, and the mass public, are doing is “ignoring the man behind the curtain”. This event happened weeks BEFORE the media picked it up and ran with it. Before then, it was a tiny blip on the radar. Before the media ran with it Jesse and Al didn’t know who Martin was. Add to that how the media continues to fan the flames as they ran, and continue to run, pictures of Martin as a poor helpless little 12 year old. Not the 17 year old 185 lb gangster wannabe he was at the time he met his demise.

            Now, go back to the time the story broke and think – what was going on with the government that they wanted to draw our attention from? Could it be that it was around the time that Obamacare went before the SCOTUS, or maybe it was because the story about Obummer bypassed Congress to give $192M in aid to the Palestinians was about to break, or the escalation of our involvement in Africa by sending MORE troops without the approval of Congress? I’m sure we could dig up more, but the bottomline is that, while tragic, the media coverage of this incident is just a cover some something that is much more dastardly and they are playing US as chumps for taking the hook.

            • Alley Cat says:

              It’s like the issue of same-sex marriage. It only comes up when they’re passing stuff like billion-dollar, bailout bills, tax increases, and ways to screw with our civil liberties. And, strangely enough, it always resurfaces come election time.

        • Gadfly says:

          Alley Cat, I see your point in your opinion about Zimmerman’s guilt and the duplicity of the press in making the Zimmerman case into something it was not. It does appear the press was on a fishing expedition to make the case a “race” issue. I suspect this was a media feeding frenzy over self-defense laws and second amendment gun ownership as well, which quickly spun out of control to the race card issue before the press could gather and confirm more of the facts.

          I hope you would consider the possibility that unarmed people, whether teenagers or not, are capable of killing others with their bare hands. The issue of physical advantage in the confrontation is what the jury will have to deliberate, as well as whether or not the gun came into play until the last moments of the struggle. Personally, I would rather let a jury decide the case. Still, I have little faith in the federal DOJ’s ability to prosecute high profile cases as of late. The media appears to have shifted gears and back-pedaled a bit, but the lopsided initial press frenzy has muddied the water as it always seems to do where it serves their particular bent.

    • Howie Katz says:

      They speculated that he was under the influence of PCP because he seemed to be oblivious to pain, but the postmortem toxicology tests were negative for PCP.