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.