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Cop brutality figure Rodney King turns celeb boxer
The Boston Herald ^ | November 1, 2009 | ORyan Johnson

Posted on 11/01/2009 10:30:57 AM PST by buccaneer81

Cop brutality figure Rodney King turns celeb boxer King in the ring By O’Ryan Johnson / Herald Exclusive Sunday, November 1, 2009

Rodney King, the famed police punching bag whose beating caught on tape put a bull’s eye on cops and eventually led to the 1992 Los Angeles riots, has turned celebrity boxer and says he’s aching for a rematch with one of the members of L.A.’s “finest” who viciously pummeled him in March 1991.

“I was supposed to fight one of the police officers that beat me. I worked out to get ready for it. But then somebody started talking to him and it never happened. I was really broken-hearted,” King told the Herald. “I was supposed to fight (Laurence M.) Powell. I would love to get that fight. I’m 44 years old. It would be nice, though.”

The middle-aged police brutality poster boy is in the Bay State preparing for a Celebrity Boxing Federation bout scheduled for Friday in Springfield. This will be his second fight after a September Celebrity Boxing brawl in which he emerged the winner by decision against a disgraced small-town Pennsylvania-cop-turned-pugilist.

But King has his sights set on former Los Angeles cop Powell, who is shown on the famed video with the other officers repeatedly hitting King in the head with a baton, swinging at him an estimated 40 times. Together, the officers struck King 56 times with the metal batons.

Although acquitted of state charges of assault and excessive use of force, Powell was later convicted in federal court of violating King’s civil rights.

For now, King is satisfied with his near-amateur matches against minor celebrities whose place in history is far less cemented than his own. He finds peace in boxing and comfort in the routine of running and hitting the gym.

“It’s a sport to me,” he said. “I always practice and work out to win and I get a big kick out of the hype. I love the workout.”

King has led a turbulent life in the spotlight since speeding away from California Highway Patrol in March 1991. After King won a $3.8 million civil suit and watched two of the cops who beat him go to federal prison for violating his civil rights, King was jailed for 20 days for a hit-and-run involving his then-wife. He was also shot in the head and chest by robbers in 2007 and has waged a public battle with the bottle.

He said what pulls him through is the affection from strangers.

“There’s not one day that I don’t think about it. It was a really, really bad situation to be in. I never thought I would be the center of racial unrest,” he said. “I’m glad it happened to me and not someone else. After all the smoke and fire is gone now, I met some wonderful people. People still come up to me. They want pictures, they say, ‘Rodney, it’s nice to meet you.’ ”

Prior to the video, the LAPD’s brutality against blacks was an urban legend that leaked from the inner city to the suburbs through rap lyrics. King’s video changed that and overnight gave weight to the claims. King said he’s constantly contacted by people with their own stories of police brutality.

“It really feels like I’m a part of something positive now,” King said. There’s a guy who came up to me even yesterday . . . he was almost in tears. He was in a bad situation. He said if he hadn’t grabbed the cop’s gun, he would have been dead. For me to be alive and put hope into a lot of other people, it feels great.”


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; US: California; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: celebrity; fustercluck; hithimsomemore; lariots; leo; napl; rodneyking

1 posted on 11/01/2009 10:30:58 AM PST by buccaneer81
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To: buccaneer81

That ain’t right. Who would dare hit him?


2 posted on 11/01/2009 10:36:08 AM PST by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: buccaneer81

So much for just getting along.


3 posted on 11/01/2009 10:38:10 AM PST by MAexile (Bats left, votes right)
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To: buccaneer81

Well he certainly knows how to take a punch.(sar.)


4 posted on 11/01/2009 10:39:13 AM PST by JoeMac ("Dats all I can stands 'cuz I can't stands no more!'' Popeye The SailorMan)
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To: buccaneer81

...I saw Rodney on one of those “celebrity” reality shows where they are all struggling to stay sober...I ended up liking him...he ultimately got over $2 million from the City of Los Angeles and lost it all thru booze and drugs...I’m sorry he has to go on the pseudo boxing show but I guess he needs the money.


5 posted on 11/01/2009 10:44:08 AM PST by STONEWALLS
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To: MAexile

My thought was “Can’t we all just hit along?”


6 posted on 11/01/2009 10:47:57 AM PST by supremedoctrine ( A, you're a-dor-a-ble, -------B, you're bus-ted.........)
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To: buccaneer81; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; martin_fierro; ...


7 posted on 11/01/2009 10:48:17 AM PST by Slings and Arrows ("When France chides you for appeasement, you know you're scraping bottom." --Charles Krauthammer)
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To: buccaneer81

well, thank goodness there is never any black on white violence

/sarc


8 posted on 11/01/2009 11:05:27 AM PST by sten
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To: BykrBayb
That ain’t right. Who would dare hit him?

Tonya Harding?

9 posted on 11/01/2009 11:13:08 AM PST by SteamShovel (When hope trumps reality, there is no hope at all.)
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To: SteamShovel
ROFL

I'm sure this isn't what you meant, but I just got an image in my mind of her saying "I'd hit it."

10 posted on 11/01/2009 11:16:21 AM PST by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: BykrBayb; SteamShovel
Have you seen her lately?


11 posted on 11/01/2009 11:32:19 AM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: BykrBayb
I just got an image in my mind of her saying "I'd hit it."

She would "hit" anyone or anything I think!

12 posted on 11/01/2009 11:35:08 AM PST by SteamShovel (When hope trumps reality, there is no hope at all.)
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To: buccaneer81
Have you seen her lately?

I see she is into heavyweight boxing now!

13 posted on 11/01/2009 11:36:16 AM PST by SteamShovel (When hope trumps reality, there is no hope at all.)
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To: buccaneer81

Proves that cream isn’t the only thing that rises to the top.


14 posted on 11/01/2009 11:50:50 AM PST by ApplegateRanch (God wants a Liberal or RINO hanging from every tree...or TWO, if they're UN meddlers.)
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To: buccaneer81; Revolting cat!

Would crack cocaine abuse be considered a performance enhancer?


15 posted on 11/02/2009 7:18:44 AM PST by a fool in paradise (I refuse to "reduce my carbon footprint" all while Lenin remains in an airconditioned shrine)
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