|Crystal Lynnette Waters||(20 February 1989 - 1996) (divorced) 1 child|
|Dennetta Lyles||(27 April 1985 - 1988)|
Arrested in April 2003 for crashing his SUV while driving.
Was awarded $3.8 million dollars because of excessive force when arrested in 1991.
Has been arrested several times for drug infractions, violence, and motoring offenses since his infamous 1991 videotaped police beating.
When the media referred to him as Rodney King, it was believed to be in error, as his friends and family usually referred to his as Glen (his middle name).
Rodney Glen King was a motorist who, while videotaped by a by-stander, was beaten by Los Angeles police officers during an arrest on March 3, 1991. King was kicked and hit 56 times with police batons and electrically shocked using Taser guns. In addition to the three officers personally involved, 24 other other law enforcement officers watched the beating. April 29, 1992, the officers were acquitted by a jury in a verdict that shocked much of the country. The verdict triggered massive rioting in Los Angeles which left hundreds of buildings severely damaged or destroyed and dozens dead. Then on August 4, a federal judge sentenced LAPD officers Stacey Koon and Laurence Powell to 30 months in prison for violating King's civil rights. The other officers were not convicted and there was no rioting.
(in reaction to the riots) People, I just want to say, you know, can we all get along? Can we get along? Can we stop making it, making it horrible for the older people and the kids?...It's just not right. It's not right. It's not, it's not going to change anything. We'll, we'll get our justice....Please, we can get along here. We all can get along. I mean, we're all stuck here for a while. Let's try to work it out. Let's try to beat it. Let's try to beat it. Let's try to work it out.
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