Sad end for Rodney King
The Kansas City Star
It is sad that just when Rodney King was poised to settle into a good life that he ended up dying young Sunday at age 47.
Rodney King rocketed from obscurity to fame in 1991 after a high speed chase and then a police stop. He was mercilessly beaten by Los Angeles police, which happened all too frequently to blacks in that and many cities throughout America.
Unfortunately for the cops, the beat down felt around the world was captured on video, leading to the trial and then acquittal of the officers 20 years ago. That set off angry rioting nationwide of people questioning whether justice was possible for blacks in America.
King, who has been in and out of trouble with the law since 1991, famously asked after the rioting, “Can we all get along?” The question still hangs in the discordant air of America like a bad odor.
Federal indictments on civil rights charges led to convictions of the police officers. King also was awarded $3.8 million in damages.
King should have been well-fixed to enjoy life and age gracefully. But death tragically ended that possibility.