Rodney King suspected of driving while impaired, police say
July 12th, 2011
10:10 PM ET

Rodney King suspected of driving while impaired, police say

Rodney King, whose infamous beating by police was caught on camera in 1991, was arrested Tuesday in a traffic stop in Moreno Valley, California, after police observed him committing "several traffic violations," Moreno Valley Police said in a statement.

A preliminary evaluation indicated King was possibly driving while impaired, the statement said. He was taken to the Moreno Valley Police Department for evaluation and booked into custody.

Amateur video captured King's beating after Los Angeles police officers stopped him for speeding March 3, 1991. Police beat King repeatedly, delivering 56 baton blows and six kicks - causing skull fractures, and brain and kidney damage.

Four officers were charged with assault with a deadly weapon and excessive use of force but were acquitted of state charges on April 29, 1992.

The three days of rioting that followed in Los Angeles and other U.S. cities left 55 people dead and 2,000 injured. There were 12,000 arrests and about $1 billion in property damage in Los Angeles.

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  1. james

    @Ernie Beatty: why thank you Ernie, glad someone else can see through all the bs.

    July 13, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. delroy

    Poop clown

    July 13, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. vikingwoman

    No, Vinchy the funny part was that my sisters friend jokingly suggested looting. We would never do such a thing, but the joke is obviously lost in translation! James, you really need to get over your predjudice. In my looting story 1 of the obvious things was that people from all ethnic groups & walks of life were out there stealing from the stores! Or did you not know white people steal, too?

    July 13, 2011 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. james

    Actually I am black myself, and looting is for the most part a black thing. Yes white people steal and riot after sporting events but most looting happens in black communities, it hurts all the gains we made over the past 60 years and I'll always try to educate black youth that it's no way to represent the black community.

    July 13, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
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