Read and Watch: Rodney King Shot In Arm And Face By Shotgun Blast

Read and Watch: Rodney King Shot In Arm And Face By Shotgun Blast

Published February 11, 2008

Posted Nov. 30, 2007 – Rodney King, whose beating by Los Angeles Police 16 years ago sparked a massive uprising in southern California, was treated for gunshot wounds and released, CNN reports.

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Buckshot from a shotgun blast grazed his face, arms, back and torso before King got back on his bicycle and rode from San Bernardino to his home in Rialto, Calif., Don Lewis, a spokesman for the Rialto Police Department told CNN. When King called police, just before midnight, he was already at home.

In 1991, an amateur videographer captured a gang of LA Police officers beating King with nightsticks. The 56 blows King endured resulted in skull fractures, and kidney and brain damage. When four Los Angeles Police officers who beat King were acquitted of assault with a deadly weapon and excessive force, the city erupted into three days of rioting, which left 55 people dead and 2,000 injured.

King, in a widely televised plea to bring closure to the chaos, asked the nation, “Can’t we all just get along?” By the time the uprising ended LA suffered about $1 billion in damage. Two of the officers who were acquitted in the state trial were later convicted on federal charges of violating King’s civil rights.

In 2004, King pleaded guilty of driving recklessly and while intoxicated.

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Written by BET-Staff


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