Rodney King on Trayvon: It's Easy to Get Away With Killing a Black Man

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Rodney King weighed in on the shooting death of an unarmed Florida teen whose death at the hands of a neighborhood watch volunteer earlier this year sparked national debate on race.

“It’s easy to kill a black man, a black kid also, these days and get away with it because it's been going on so long," King told WNYC's The Leonard Lopate Show on Wednesday. "He deserves justice. ... His family deserves justice."

King criticized those who have resorted to violence in the wake of the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, but said the tone has been set over decades.

"We’ve got to get away from that whatever it takes," he said.

Martin, an unarmed black teen, was shot and killed in Florida on Feb. 26 by a neighborhood watch volunteer who has since been charged with second-degree murder.

King became the face of racial injustice in the U.S. two decades ago when he was beaten by Los Angeles police officers on March 3, 1991 — a gut-wrenching incident of police brutality caught on tape. Riots broke out in L.A. when the four officers involved were acquitted 13 months later.

He wrote a memoir The Riot Within: My Journey from Rebellion to Redemption in which he recounts the experience.


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Comments [8]

Sara from Activist USA

Sadly the police agreed it is easy to get away with killing a black man and then killed him too :(

Jun. 17 2012 03:54 PM
political pop

1991 is not that long ago to us people who are now like 23

Apr. 26 2012 08:39 PM
j&e from Sacramento

First of all, regardless of what Rodney did with the money and the trouble he got in afterwards has nothing to do with the fact that he was beatens so badly but these cops. the video speaks for itself, it was beyond EXCESSIVE! And when are you people going to stop looking at this as the "blacks" or "african american community", these are people no matter what color they are. WE need to come together and improve our communities, not just "them." what are they so alien race that we are not allowed to associate with? this is not a black/white issue, this is a people issue! We as a people need to come together and say "no one deserved to be beaten like that, or shot unjustly like trayvon" the police are supposed to "protect and serve" instead they have become the biggest gang in the world. they have too much power, and im not talking about authority which is different.

Apr. 26 2012 06:01 PM

Another thing Good Ole Boy, Rodney King was awarded 3.9 million $$$ and instead of learning a lesson from his deserved beating, he went on and accumulated several DUI convictions, arrests for spousal assault, hit and run driving and indecent exposure while under the influence of hallucinogenic drugs.......Are you sure this is the guy you want representing your race in your racist based argument against cops? If so, then both you and the black community are truly doomed to failure......and you have nothing and no one to blame but yourselves. WAKE UP!

Apr. 25 2012 05:07 PM

Hey Good Ole Boy, forget about the cops, the black community itself is shooting and killing more of its own than the cops could ever do in their enforcement of the law. In case you don't read the papers, Chicago had over 53 shootings and 9 killings within a two week period between 4/7 and 4/21......And not a one was cop related, all black on black.

Do your community a favor, stop blaming cops and the white race for your problems and start dealing with the issues within your own community. Until you take responsibility for the actions of your own race and condemning the violent genocide that's taking place in their neighborhoods, you will forever be attending funerals. And the death's won't be the fault of me or the cops.

Apr. 25 2012 04:50 PM

Rodney King, now there is a great source of reason and wisdom!

Apr. 25 2012 04:15 PM

yes it is because blacks have practiced killing each other for years

Apr. 25 2012 04:13 PM
good ole boy from newsvine

Rodney King is 100% right when to killing Blacks;check out the News each and everyday; Police shoots blacks and are never punish!

Apr. 25 2012 03:52 PM

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