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King in rehabilitation as fortune drains away
Los Angeles Daily News ^ | Danny Pollock, AP

Posted on 04/28/2002 10:41:39 AM PDT by hole_n_one

King in rehabilitation as fortune drains away

By Danny Pollock
Associated Press

Shadowed by trouble since uttering his famous "Can we all get along" plea, Rodney King will spend the 10th anniversary of the Los Angeles riots in a Pomona rehabilitation center.

Rodney King during a 1992 press conference. (A.P.)
The drug use and indecent exposure charges that sent him there are just the latest in a long string of legal entanglements for the man whose name will be forever linked to the race riots that left 54 people dead and caused $1 billion in property damage.

His constant run-ins with law enforcement have frustrated African-Americans who hoped he could have become something else, a hero in the struggle against police brutality. Instead, King seems to have reinforced the image many non-African-Americans held of him, as an incorrigible hoodlum.

"He's a tragic figure," said Renford Reese, a political science professor at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, who has counseled King. "He had a chance to do great things but was shackled by missed opportunities ... He is literally oblivious to what his name means."

King is halfway through a 12-month sentence at the American Recovery Center after pleading guilty last October to three misdemeanor counts of being under the influence of PCP and one count of indecent exposure. Police say he exposed himself in a park.

In the decade since the riots, the soft-spoken janitor's son and former usher at Dodger Stadium has had repeated problems with alcohol, drugs and domestic violence.

His legal battles and short-lived effort to start a rap recording label have consumed most of the $3.8 million settlement he received from the city of Los Angeles for the March 3, 1991, beating at the hands of four white LAPD officers.

Between scrapes with the law, King, now 36, has tried to make his life better. He earned his high school-equivalency degree, honed his surfing skills and went to work for his brother's construction company.

He even moved from Pasadena to San Bernardino County to escape the spotlight, but it seemed he couldn't outrun his problems or his notoriety.

Reese once had King speak to his political science class.

"A black woman asked why he couldn't stay out of trouble," Reese recalled. "He didn't answer the question."

King did not respond to a written request for an interview sent to the rehabilitation center. His lawyer, Renee L. Campbell, said he was not granting interviews.

Acquaintances hope King can find a way to turn his life around at the center.

"The last time I talked to him, he was very determined to shake the monkey off his back," said attorney Antonio Bestard, who represented King in the drug and indecent exposure case.

Reese attributed King's recurring problems to a lack of positive support, especially among African-American organizations.

"They should have been the ones to embrace Rodney King," he said. "They should have known he would become an icon of racial reconciliation and police reform."

King's Arrests

Rodney King has had numerous run-ins with the law since his March 1991 beating by four white Los Angeles police officers:



TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 10yearslater; cantwegetalong; lariots; loser; rodneyking

1 posted on 04/28/2002 10:41:39 AM PDT by hole_n_one
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To: hole_n_one
His constant run-ins with law enforcement have frustrated African-Americans who hoped he could have become something else, a hero in the struggle against police brutality. Instead, King seems to have reinforced the image many non-African-Americans held of him, as an incorrigible hoodlum.

I agree, this is sad. The man could have pulled himself up by his bootstraps and, by his example, shown the black community how to do the same. Instead he serves another purpose: by his inability to confront himself, his past and his culture, by wallowing in victimhood, by shrugging off responsibility and accountability for his own life, Rodney King has become a caricature of all that is wrong with the liberal plantation.

Leave it to the media to ignore this aspect.
2 posted on 04/28/2002 11:21:24 AM PDT by RightOnTheLeftCoast
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To: hole_n_one
King is trash now; he was trash "then". To think that S. Central L.A. burned itself to the ground over this piece of crap........................amazing.
3 posted on 04/28/2002 11:24:48 AM PDT by RightOnline
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To: hole_n_one
"Can't we all just get stoned?"
4 posted on 04/28/2002 11:29:43 AM PDT by martin_fierro
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To: RightOnTheLeftCoast
"pulled himself up by his bootstraps"

Bootstraps? He was tethered to the good life by $3.8 million.

Self destructive is the only way to describe his behavior.

5 posted on 04/28/2002 12:10:38 PM PDT by tjg
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To: RightOnline
Positive piece of crap. The wrong ones were convicted in his case. The police should have been decorated for putting up with a slime ball like rodney cancorus king!!!! He (king) will always be a dirtbag!!!!
6 posted on 04/28/2002 12:15:27 PM PDT by Lewite
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To: RightOnline
To think that S. Central L.A. burned itself to the ground over this piece of crap........................amazing.

I hate to say it but the reason South Central was burned to the ground is because most of the citizens of South Central are on the same page as Rodney King.

They are surely getting the wrong advise from their black leaders who continue to coddle their victimhood.

7 posted on 04/28/2002 12:15:53 PM PDT by BunnySlippers
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To: hole_n_one
My bet is that most of King's black brothers spent a lot more effort trying to get a chunk of the 3.8 million than they did trying to help King. No, change that to "brothers, black and white." Can you imagine some of the pressure that the rap music guys, buddies from the old days, dealers and others must have put on ole "Can't we all just get along" King?
8 posted on 04/28/2002 12:16:57 PM PDT by Tacis
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To: hole_n_one
This individual isn't a tragic figure. The real tragedy was about the person who was beaten to the edge of his life after being dragged from his truck and slammed in the head with a concrete block. I'll save my sympathy for someone who deserves it.
9 posted on 04/28/2002 12:21:15 PM PDT by Shooter 2.5
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To: Shooter 2.5
The real tragedy was about the person who was beaten to the edge of his life after being dragged from his truck and slammed in the head with a concrete block.

That would be Reginald Denny........


10 posted on 04/28/2002 12:29:09 PM PDT by hole_n_one
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To: hole_n_one
"Tragic figure"? No, a cheap hustler and a petty crook who lived off the hard work of others paid to the state in taxes. The tragic figures are the cops who chased a drug-crazed drunk going 100 mph through the streets of LA and got thrown in jail for "overreacting" to please a few elites in the news media.
11 posted on 04/28/2002 12:29:39 PM PDT by laconic
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To: hole_n_one
May 1995. Arrested in New Union Township, Pa., on suspicion of drunken driving after the vehicle got stuck in a muddy yard. Tried on charge of drunken driving despite conflicting information about who was behind the wheel. Acquitted by jury.

Hummm... Acquitted by jury...Somehow this doesn't surprise me. Look how many of those arrests he had the charges dropped. They were scared of him after what the media/blacks did.

12 posted on 04/28/2002 12:35:26 PM PDT by LowOiL
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To: hole_n_one
How many of us KNEW this was going to happen? There was a local *welfare* woman who received a huge amount of money in an injury settlement. She has squandered virtually all of it.
13 posted on 04/28/2002 12:39:58 PM PDT by Canticle_of_Deborah
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To: goldenstategirl
I found Tacis' post ( #8) very insightful.
14 posted on 04/28/2002 12:44:16 PM PDT by hole_n_one
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To: hole_n_one
Thanks for the man's I.D.. I won't forget the incident but I couldn't remember his name.
15 posted on 04/28/2002 12:44:41 PM PDT by Shooter 2.5
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To: martin_fierro
"Can't we all just get stoned?" Are you a libertarian?
16 posted on 04/28/2002 1:24:34 PM PDT by Paulie
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To: Paulie
No -- although ol' Rodney sure is acting like one.
17 posted on 04/28/2002 1:27:51 PM PDT by martin_fierro
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To: hole_n_one
He may have had scrapes with the law, but he never did any time. Between no charges being filed, being acquitted and being given probation, this guy has never received the proper punishment for the crimes he's committed. If you think this record of getting off is unique, multiply that by thousands of criminals across this country. When people say "he has a record as long as your arm," they aren't just kidding. After having been arrested nine times, Rodney King has yet to be convicted and sentenced to any time in a state prison. He's definitely what's wrong with the liberal plantation...commit a crime and you don't have to do the time because it's always someone else's fault.
18 posted on 04/28/2002 1:29:47 PM PDT by mass55th
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To: laconic
"Tragic figure"? No, a cheap hustler and a petty crook who lived off the hard work of others paid to the state in taxes. The tragic figures are the cops who chased a drug-crazed drunk going 100 mph through the streets of LA and got thrown in jail for "overreacting" to please a few elites in the news media.

Excellent post. You summed it up well. King is the opposite of a Liberterian. It appears that he has lived his entire life at the expense of others.

19 posted on 04/28/2002 1:44:42 PM PDT by marktwain
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To: Rodney King
Rodney, how about your namesake!
20 posted on 04/28/2002 1:52:47 PM PDT by Stingray51
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To: hole_n_one
"...Rodney King will spend the 10th anniversary of the Los Angeles riots in a Pomona rehabilitation center..."

It's kind of disgusting that a couple TV stations here in L.A.,are showing "10 years later,10 yr. Anniversary(?)" programs.They're so awful now.It's not a G.D. "Anniv."!Everything bad has an "Anniv.".I'm really sick of that 'term'.

Not one of them will mention what has happened to this piece of dirt, a real sorry excuse for a human,Rodney King.As harsh as this sounds,what he should've done was gone to the doctor and received some "shock therapy" when he received all that money, maybe that would've made him lose his biases, or perhaps he would've used that $$$ for better purposes.Nah,what was I thinking,no way.What's he going to do after he gets out of Rehab now,GET A JOB? LOL at the sheer stupidity of humanity.Remember, It all started because "HE" was loaded and refused to stop the car!

21 posted on 04/28/2002 1:58:17 PM PDT by Pagey
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To: hole_n_one
It is proper etiquette to ping freepers when you post about them.
22 posted on 04/28/2002 3:50:00 PM PDT by Rodney King
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To: Rodney King
My bad........
23 posted on 04/28/2002 3:53:20 PM PDT by hole_n_one
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To: hole_n_one
Just imagine the headlines if these people get reparations:

"Leroy S. Jenkins was arrested on vagrancy charges...Jenkins, who lost his reparations money by playing the lottery, was homeless, blah, blah, blah." It's a never-ending cycle with these people and Rodney King just proves that money will not make a difference in these people's lives.

24 posted on 04/28/2002 3:59:25 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: hole_n_one
54 people were killed for this man's sake.
25 posted on 04/28/2002 3:59:59 PM PDT by thathamiltonwoman
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To: Jeremiah Jr; dighton
King in rehabilitation as fortune drains away

"Elvis ain't dead... he just went home."

26 posted on 04/28/2002 4:24:55 PM PDT by Thinkin' Gal
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To: Shooter 2.5
Fox News Channel had on the husband of the husband/wife team who actually videotaped the Reginald Denny beating. They said they feared for their lives because so many of the rioters had guns, they thought they would be shot. It was an act of courage for them to hang in there and get as close as they did so America could see what those animals were doing. There was a LOT more footage to that tape than was EVER shown by the lamestream media at the time of the beating. It was exponentially more horrifying to see the entire tape than the bits the presstitutes allowed us to see 10 years ago. Remember that? Endless showings of the cops trying to subdue Rodney while he repeatedly tried to get up; now we learn that there is more to the Reginald Denny tape than we knew.

The man said that at the time they could not understand why no other news teams seemed interested in videotaping what was going on in South Central L.A. ...... If I remember correctly, he also said he was not called to testify for the trial, or that his tape was not requested for the trial?? Am I dreaming that part? Does anyone else recall seeing that spot on Fox several days ago? I cannot even remember what show he was on - duh... having a senior moment, I guess.

27 posted on 04/30/2002 4:21:50 PM PDT by PLK
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To: Tacis
this just proves that 'RAP-erations' won't help!!
28 posted on 04/30/2002 4:54:50 PM PDT by rockfish59
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To: martin_fierro
LOL!
that's what Robert Zimmerman used to say!
29 posted on 04/30/2002 4:59:04 PM PDT by rockfish59
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To: PLK
Those were brave people to shoot that video. The only video I ever saw was the helicopter view. Denny has my sympathy. Not some clown that can't tie his shoelaces without going on a bender.
30 posted on 04/30/2002 7:14:28 PM PDT by Shooter 2.5
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To: Shooter 2.5
Actually, it was the people who did the helicopter view that were on Fox. Apparently they got down very close, close enough to be within shooting range.
31 posted on 04/30/2002 7:26:22 PM PDT by PLK
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To: PLK
Now I understand. That makes it more dangerous. It wouldn't take much for some fool to think he can take down a helicopter.
32 posted on 04/30/2002 8:19:25 PM PDT by Shooter 2.5
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To: hole_n_one
the $3.8 million settlement he received from the city of Los Angeles

Poverty does not cause crime.

33 posted on 04/30/2002 8:22:21 PM PDT by LarryLied
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To: RightOnTheLeftCoast
Pull himself up by his own bootstraps? All he had to do was put his money in an S&P index fund and he would have had enough money on which to live the rest of his life. I guess it made more sense to put it into a rap label.
34 posted on 04/30/2002 9:25:24 PM PDT by TN Republican
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"54 people were killed for this man's sake."

The number I remember is 62. I never heard anything about them either. Did you? Who were they and how did they die?

35 posted on 04/30/2002 9:35:09 PM PDT by blam
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To: hole_n_one
Damion 'Football' Williams Surrenders: Suspect Involved In Reginald Denny Beating Booked For Murder
07/19/2000

Damion "Football" Williams surrendered Wednesday in connection with the murder of Grover Tinner, whose body was found in an alley. Williams, a 27-year-old known gang member, spent four years in prison for the 1992 beating of trucker Reginald Denny during the Los Angeles riots.

Police believe that drugs were related in the murder of Tinner, 43, CBS 2 News reported. "This morning, knowing that he was wanted, Damien Williams, Damian 'Football' Williams, surrendered with his attorney here at the 77th street station," LAPD Commander David Kalish said at a press conference.

Tinner's body was discovered just after midnight in an alley adjacent to 1749 W. Gage Ave. Witnesses told police that they heard gunshots in the alley. Williams was booked Wednesday without bail. Two other suspects, described as two African-American males in their early 20s, are also being sought by the LAPD, CBS 2 News reported.

36 posted on 04/30/2002 9:41:18 PM PDT by Libloather
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To: LarryLied
Many, especially in our universities, now are convinced that war(crime) always results from real, rather than perceived, grievances, such as the poverty arising out of the usual list of sins: colonialism, imperialism, racism and sexism

Victor Davis Hanson, a professor of Classics at California State University


37 posted on 04/30/2002 10:13:19 PM PDT by razorback-bert
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To: hole_n_one
Between scrapes with the law, King, now 36, has tried to make his life better. He earned his high school-equivalency degree, honed his surfing skills and went to work for his brother's construction company.

Honed his surfing skills? Way to go Rodney!

That's one stereotype out of the way. I never heard of an African American surfer dude before.

38 posted on 05/01/2002 1:57:36 AM PDT by Salman
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To: LarryLied
Poverty does not cause crime.

But the correlation is there. I'd say that crime causes poverty.

39 posted on 05/01/2002 2:02:47 AM PDT by Salman
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To: hole_n_one
Eight arrest or covictions!!!

I think this white guy (myself) would be sitting in prison by now, not at a fancy rehab clinic.

40 posted on 05/01/2002 2:08:52 AM PDT by JZoback
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To: rabidralph
Just imagine the headlines if these people get reparations:

I was thinking the exact same thing. This guy gets $3.8 mil and squanders every last penny. If reparations ever go through (and sadly, I'm increasingly thinking they will) it will be the same story.

I'd be willing to bet that 90% of any reparations money paid out is going to wind up in the pockets of the liquor store owners, the crack dealers and the lottery ticket vendors. It will be a huge party at first (time for whitey to leave town) and then it will come to a screeching halt with the recipients broke, not to mention saddled with job losses due to chronic alcoholism, arrest records due to drug convictions and all their new toys in the pawn shops.

Of course then Jesse and Al will scream that "It was only a down payment on the costs of slavery. Give us more!!!"

41 posted on 05/01/2002 2:28:12 AM PDT by Drew68
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To: PLK
Fox News Channel had on the husband of the husband/wife team who actually videotaped the Reginald Denny beating. They said they feared for their lives because so many of the rioters had guns, they thought they would be shot.

Sadly, their tape received only a fraction of the noteriety as King's tape did. I'm surprised the tape was aired in the first place.

Incidentally, I wonder what became of the fellow who taped King's beating? I wonder how he feels about doing it now and if he ever wished he had simply turned the camcorder off an erased over what footage he already had.

42 posted on 05/01/2002 2:33:58 AM PDT by Drew68
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To: Salman
But the correlation is there. I'd say that crime causes poverty.

Sure does. Liberals have it backwards. As usual. They have a real problem with reality, with separating cause from effect.

43 posted on 05/01/2002 7:33:00 AM PDT by LarryLied
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To: hole_n_one
You are absoluely correct! And, Reginald Denny did not get a $3.8 million settlement.
44 posted on 05/01/2002 9:11:30 AM PDT by appleton14
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