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. jay

    @low lyf. Lol, so true

    July 13, 2011 at 5:48 am | Report abuse |
  2. jay

    He actually needed it after he beat his wife.

    July 13, 2011 at 5:49 am | Report abuse |
  3. CSnSC

    Rodney's hobby is more expensive than golf! Man, you guys get up early.

    July 13, 2011 at 7:23 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jail Cop


    July 13, 2011 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
  5. michaelfury

    July 13, 2011 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
  6. Klu klux klanner from good ol Alabamer

    I hate N!ggers !! white power !! WHITE POWER !!! u n!gger loven fockers

    July 13, 2011 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Joseph McCarthy

      I know that you're definately a Tea Partier. Your profanity gives you away!

      July 13, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Justin

    Where is JB?

    July 13, 2011 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
  8. CSnSC

    @Justin, maybe he took my advice and went to Belief blog.

    July 13, 2011 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  9. Canadian Genius

    ****SARCASM ALERT**** This is the most surprising thing I've ever heard.

    July 13, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  10. Rodney King

    I wish they beat me again. I need the money.

    July 13, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  11. a Random Black Guy Looting an Electronics Store

    Rodney King! WOO-HOO!

    July 13, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  12. HRH banasy

    And heeeeeere we go again.


    July 13, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  13. vikingwoman

    I lived in Orange county(Laguna Hills) when the riots went down. It was not funny, especially when the white trucker was pulled from his cab & beaten within a inch of his life, in retaliation! Not only because of the beating of Rodney King, but also the blatant disregard by letting the cops off! When OJ got off, black & hispanic Californians celebrated because it was the 1st time an obviously guilty person of color had beat the system, & it came just 2 years after the cops walked & the riots ensued. Sorry to hear Rodney King has not straightened up his act, seems he's in the news for DUI every 5 years or so, but it's probably a necessary reminder to never let this happen again! So here's the funny part! My sisters friend, Brandi Lee called a day into the riots & said "They're looting I.Magnins, lets go!" We didn't of course,(even if we wanted to), but it was funny!

    July 13, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Vinchy

    You found it funny that people were looting I Magnin's?

    July 13, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  15. james

    Funny how blacks always loot and riot when given a chance. Watts, Rodney King, Hurricane Katrina, and the list goes on and on. Here's a wacked out thought, maybe if they'd just obey the law there wouldn't be a reason to riot.

    July 13, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ernie Beatty

      That's a very good thought, james. And quite true.

      July 13, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
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