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. funky bunch

    I what to see the video of the traffic stop.

    July 12, 2011 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mmmmm

    This article should cover whatever happened to the four officers charged.

    July 12, 2011 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ramtough

    We've gone through 911, killed bin laden,gone thru 4 presidents since then, forclosure,unemployment,national is up and CNN wants to talk about Rodney King?! That's SO "90's"! Get your priorities straight cause if Rodney King is in the mix with all the rest of the American ppls problem, CNN needs to fold tonight.

    July 12, 2011 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. G A W D The Bounty Hunter

    The cops (I use the term loosely) were definitely wrong, but this guy is a loser as well.

    July 12, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mad Hatter

    Who flippin cares!

    July 12, 2011 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ramtough

    That's SO "90's" to talk about Rodney King. Who cares?

    July 12, 2011 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. drap

    4 sale..1993 white ford bronco,can be currently viewed on the corner of Florence & Normandie..south central L.A... .

    July 12, 2011 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Catholic Priest

    Can some one help me over here i need you beat my boloney and then take a ride on my boloney pony !!! help me !! I'll give u a free pass into heaven ....!

    July 12, 2011 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  9. O.J. the glove

    @ priest I can help you,come visit me Im at Nev state pen.

    July 12, 2011 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Just a thought

    So does this mean the cops get to beat him up again without the fear of riots or a lawsuit ?

    July 12, 2011 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
  11. The Governator

    July 13, 2011 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |
  12. monkay

    Quick feed him dogfood!! bad n!gger no banana tonite

    July 13, 2011 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
  13. gung hoe

    Cant we all just get along oops wrong decade

    July 13, 2011 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
  14. LOW LYF


    July 13, 2011 at 3:09 am | Report abuse |
  15. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I hate racism, whatever its origin.
    This is disgusting, from both sides.

    July 13, 2011 at 5:38 am | Report abuse |
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