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Rodney King Is Arrested After a Fight at His Home

He is accused of threatening to kill his ex-girlfriend and their daughter.

September 30, 2005|From Associated Press

Rodney King, whose videotaped beating by Los Angeles police led to the deadly Los Angeles riots in 1992, has been arrested on suspicion of making criminal threats following a fight involving his daughter, his girlfriend and a former girlfriend, Rialto police said Thursday.

King, 40, was arrested Wednesday. He is being held in lieu of $25,000 bail.

Police were called to King's home shortly after 4:15 p.m. Authorities said King's live-in girlfriend, Dawn Jean, 29, got into a fight with daughter Candace King, 23, who also lives in the home.

The daughter allegedly assaulted Jean, and Carmen Simpson, Candace King's mother, who also lives at the home, got involved in the fight, police said.

King allegedly threatened to kill his daughter and Simpson. Authorities said the daughter, who called police, said King was armed with a handgun, but it turned out to be a toy.

King's videotaped beating after he was stopped for speeding shocked the nation when it was shown repeatedly on television newscasts.

After the four white Los Angeles Police Department officers charged in the beating were acquitted of most charges, Los Angeles erupted in riots that left 55 people dead and caused $1 billion in property damage.

He uttered his now famous heartfelt plea, "Can we all get along?," during the height of the riots.

King sued the city over the beating, settling for $3.8 million.

Since the beating, he has had a string of run-ins with the law.

He walks with a limp since a 2003 accident in which he lost control of his car, crashed into a house at 100 mph and shattered his pelvis.

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