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Rodney King Dead at 47
The Wall Street Journal ^ | June 17, 2012 | JACK NICAS

Posted on 06/17/2012 9:57:26 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

Rodney King, the man whose videotaped beating by police led to the 1992 Los Angeles riots, was found dead at the bottom of his pool, police said.

Mr. King's fiancée found him at the bottom of the pool on Sunday morning at his home in Rialito, Calif. He was 47.

"The preliminary investigation indicates that this is a drowning and there are no signs of foul play," said Rialto Police Sgt. Paul Stella.

In 1991, a video of police beating Mr. King after a freeway chase in Los Angeles rocketed across the world, stoking national tensions over race and police brutality. Mr. King was black and the police officers were white.

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1 posted on 06/17/2012 9:57:29 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Prayers to him and his family. How tragic on Father’s Day. What awful news.


2 posted on 06/17/2012 10:00:01 AM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Prayers for him and his loved ones, but...

When told to stop, he should have stopped. Much might have been avoided, but...probably not. It would have just kicked the can down the road to another spark just waiting for the tinder.


3 posted on 06/17/2012 10:02:46 AM PDT by rlmorel ("The safest road to Hell is the gradual one." Screwtape (C.S. Lewis))
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Primary thread here

What it's doing in Chat, I don't know...

4 posted on 06/17/2012 10:02:53 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1244 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Obama is not a Big Brother [he's a Big Sissy...])
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To: Free ThinkerNY; napscoordinator

This tragedy has already been posted.

http://www.freerepublic.com/perl/post?id=2896268,111


5 posted on 06/17/2012 10:03:04 AM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Obama and Company lied, the American economy died)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

People like this have a remarkable talent at removing themselves from the gene pool.


6 posted on 06/17/2012 10:09:50 AM PDT by Red6
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To: Clintonfatigued

Mods should move this topic over to the Breaking Section as to avoid these duplicate threads.


7 posted on 06/17/2012 10:10:05 AM PDT by tflabo (Truth or tyranny)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
No Rodney, we wouldn't “all just get along!” And we shun the victomhood mindset!!!
8 posted on 06/17/2012 10:11:18 AM PDT by SierraWasp ("GovernMental austerity first, THEN conservative prosperity!!! Austerity breeds properity!!!)
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To: Red6

I guess he got his wish...”can’t we all just get along?”


9 posted on 06/17/2012 10:14:18 AM PDT by brivette
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Drugs?


10 posted on 06/17/2012 10:15:55 AM PDT by Carbonsteel
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To: napscoordinator

Feeling dopey today. When I read the headline I thought it meant Rodney Dangerfield and I couldn’t believe he was only 47.

I’m OK now, thanks.


11 posted on 06/17/2012 10:18:20 AM PDT by duckworth (Perhaps instant karma's going to get you. Perhaps not.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Blew all the dough on a rap label dream, tried to drive over an undercover TRANSVESTITE prostitute, crashed into several houses later, NUMEROUS MULTIPLE subsequent arrests.

The man was incapable of conforming to ANYTHING EVAR.

Good riddance.


12 posted on 06/17/2012 10:20:12 AM PDT by gaijin
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Rodney King was on crack, racing through a residential neighborhood at 105 MPH, fought with the police and so doped up he didn’t feel any pain. Had he wiped out a few black children with his car, I wonder how the police would have been condemned for not stopping him?

I won’t miss him. It’s between him and God now.


13 posted on 06/17/2012 10:22:09 AM PDT by trubolotta
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I’m sure the race hustlers could blame this tragedy on whitey. Perhaps they will be able to start a riot or two over this.


14 posted on 06/17/2012 10:23:16 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: gaijin
Blew all the dough on a rap label dream

Well not ALL the dough ... he had a pool ...


15 posted on 06/17/2012 10:24:33 AM PDT by canuck_conservative
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I don’t blame Rodney King for that much. He saw a opportunity to cashed in.
Hopefully you are in a better place Mr King.
Where everyone ‘gets along’

THe media whore and pimps who stoked the flame, as usual, will probably have some splaining to do before they have their peace.
THose guys that threw that brick at the truck drivers head and then did a victory dance had better get right,too.


16 posted on 06/17/2012 10:27:45 AM PDT by Leep (Enemy of the Statist)
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To: tflabo

If it isn’t from the same source, with the same author and the same title it more than likely isn’t a duplicate.


17 posted on 06/17/2012 10:28:24 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Wonder who’s going to vote for him?


18 posted on 06/17/2012 10:30:01 AM PDT by sanjuanbob (Festina Lente)
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To: gaijin

Yeah, a real contributor to mankind wasn’t he


19 posted on 06/17/2012 10:30:02 AM PDT by A_Former_Democrat (Free the Zimmermans. . . end this political, racist travesty of a "prosecution")
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To: A_Former_Democrat

Yeah, he became a great cause celeb for the liberals to trot out. Refreshed the race card for decades for these people.


20 posted on 06/17/2012 10:51:44 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

And yet the Demonrats and MSM lectured us on “civility” after Giffords . . . seems they forgot about a videotape shown over and over with the ensuing riots, death, injuries and destruction.

Such short term memories they have. Now let’s see what happens with an innocent George Zimmerman


21 posted on 06/17/2012 11:03:21 AM PDT by A_Former_Democrat (Free the Zimmermans. . . end this political, racist travesty of a "prosecution")
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To: freeangel

I’m sure the race hustlers could blame this tragedy on whitey. Perhaps they will be able to start a riot or two over this.

Odd thoughts streaming across my neural network:

1. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton to lead a prayer vigil.

2. Maxine Waters to give the eulogy at his funeral.

3. LAPD on high alert for the next several days.


22 posted on 06/17/2012 11:06:21 AM PDT by Artie
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To: napscoordinator

I agree, I think he was a lost soul who was thrown into the national spotlight by a terrible incident and then the spot light made him into a folk hero to the black community. I say prayers for him and his family. Love thy enemy... I don’t blame him for the LA riots, I blame Tom Bradley, Maxine Waters and the other race baiters at the time..


23 posted on 06/17/2012 11:22:11 AM PDT by crazydad
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Like I said, the media tossed gas on the spark causing it to get way out of hand.
Yes, and the race baiters.
The professional $#!% disturbers.
King, while far from a outstanding citizen, was merely a tool of the media.
THe same media that needs to make their own distorted fantasies out of the real story.
They tried it again, only not anywhere as successful, with Trayvon Martin.
Another time it was that democrat supporting nutwad, who they tried to say was a right-wing “Tea bagger”, who shot Gifford.
Never a retraction or even an admission they got it wrong.
On to the next story with no thought as to the unintended consecquences.
Its hard to tell who is more sickening politicians or Media types.
Then there are sleazoid Hollywood “stars” and slip and fall lawyers.
Man, there are to many sickening people out there.


24 posted on 06/17/2012 12:02:05 PM PDT by Leep (Enemy of the Statist)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Lost souls like Rodney King have always existed.

What was different in his case was the use that was made of him by wicked persons and their agendas. What was done in his name was far worse than any sins he committed individually. Let’s try to have this perspective on his life now that he’s gone.


25 posted on 06/17/2012 12:03:44 PM PDT by Catmom
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To: A_Former_Democrat
And yet the Demonrats and MSM lectured us on “civility” after Giffords . . . seems they forgot about a videotape shown over and over with the ensuing riots, death, injuries and destruction.

Well it was election season in George Herbert Walker Bush's America.

It became a meme.

26 posted on 06/17/2012 12:26:48 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The media ignored the 40th anniversary of Bill Ayers' Pentagon bombing but not Watergate. Ask Why.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Yep ... he was found dead at the bottom of the pool alright
27 posted on 06/17/2012 2:34:57 PM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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