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.
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