Rodney King was found dead on June 16 in his home swimming pool. He and his fiancée, Cynthia Kelley, were on our show on April 25th, when his memoir, The Riot Within: My Journey from Rebellion to Redemption, was published. He spoke honestly and movingly about the high speed car chase that ended with a brutal police beating in 1991, the resulting trials, healing from his injuries, and dealing with addiction. We're replaying selections from that interview.
Rodney King was on the Lopate Show (along with his fiancée Cynthia Kelley) recently to talk about what happened to him in 1991, when 4 Los Angeles police officers assaulted him, and what's happened to him since. He also told us what he's been watching and listening to recently.
Rodney King talks about what happened the night of March 3, 1991, when he was beaten and tasered by L.A. police officers—an incident caught on videotape, sparking national outrage. When the four police officers were acquitted 13 months later, riots broke out in Los Angeles. In The Riot Within: My Journey from Rebellion to Redemption, King writes about his struggle with alcohol addiction and coming to terms with the incident that made him a household name and caused him emotional and physical damage. He’s joined by his fiancée, Cynthia Kelley, who was one of the jurors from his civil trial against the city of Los Angeles.