You don’t want to let anybody’s expectations down. People 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, which [I] wasn’t cut out to be. I didn’t go to school to be ‘Rodney King’ and [be] beat up by cops and thrust into the limelight. It’s taken years to get used to the situation I’m in in life and the weight it holds. One of the cops in the jail [in a later encounter] said: You know what? People are going to know who you are when you’re dead and gone. A hundred years from now, people are still going to be talking about you. It’s scary, but at the same time, it’s a blessing.Rodney King • Speaking in an April interview with the Los Angeles Times about his legacy, which he seemed uncomfortable with. King, who died this morning of an apparent drowning, still suffered from injuries from the beating years after the incident.
I obviously still think about that night. I still have some pretty bad headaches from that beating. But I don’t let anger take over when the pain comes. It doesn’t help anything.Rodney King • Speaking in an April interview with the Daily Beast near the 20th anniversary of the riots his case generated. King underwent years of physical therapy after the beating by police, which left brain injuries. “I can remember one of the officers kicking me in the head and saying ‘n——r’ again and again,” he said. “That’s something you can’t forget, particularly today when so many similar things seem to be happening.” King died Sunday at the age of 47, according to TMZ — and also confirmed by Reuters.
Early on in their training, I always tell them, ‘I don’t care if you’re in a bathroom taking care of your personal business…. Whatever you do, assume it will be caught on video.’ We tell them if they’re doing the right thing then they have no reason to worry.LAPD officer and recruit supervisor Sgt. Heather Fungaroli • Offering a fairly fresh assessment on the how the police department now views video. Twenty years ago, a video clip turned their whole view on the matter inside-out. The clip of Rodney King’s beating by multiple police officers, and the subsequent “not guilty” verdict in the case, led to a major riot in the city that drew national attention and led to 50 deaths. These days, the police force is quickly putting more cameras in police cars and even has its own videographers to cover incidents – advances which not only ensure better cop conduct but can help exonerate them in legal cases. source (via • follow)