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May 2, 1992 | CHRIS WOODYARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For weeks now, Tony Everfield has been planning a June vacation with his three children to Disneyland. But after watching two nights of rioting across Los Angeles on the television, Everfield was racked Friday by second thoughts. "I don't want my kids involved in seeing the violence," said the Oakland chef. "Los Angeles was a beautiful city. It just looks awful from what I've seen on the news. It will frighten the hell out of you.
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July 2, 2012 | Sandy Banks
Margit Loudermilk of North Hollywood was walking visitors from Germany through Forest Lawn on Saturday, admiring the view from the Hollywood Hills, when she stopped for water at the cemetery's Liberty Hall. "I knew something big was going on," she said, what with the news vans parked outside, black-clad crowd gathered in the rotunda and guards ringing the hall. She approached a middle-aged woman near the water cooler and asked what was going on. PHOTOS: Rodney King memorial It's a funeral, the woman said.
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March 20, 1991 | ROBERT A. JONES
I remember the show ran on Monday nights and I remember my father loved it. He was the family's biggest fan of "Dragnet." My mother refused to watch, probably on religious grounds, but the rest of us did, every week. "Dragnet" was part of our routine. That took place in Memphis, Tenn., 1953 or '54. We had one of the first TV sets on the block and "Dragnet" was our introduction to California. We saw palm trees growing out of the sidewalks and crooks wearing Hawaiian shirts.
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June 19, 2012 | Dennis McDougal, A former Los Angeles Times staff writer, Dennis McDougal is producing "Getting Along," a documentary on the life and times of Rodney King. He is the author of "Privileged Son: Otis Chandler and the Rise and Fall of the L.A. Times Dynasty," and nine other books
Rodney King used to tell a harrowing story about growing up in Altadena, where he and his three brothers rode their bicycles through the vacant hills behind the nearby Jet Propulsion Laboratory on the weekends. When he was 9, he and his older brother sat astride their Sting-Rays on a rise in the San Gabriels where they saw a Los Angeles County sheriff's squad car roll to a stop on a dead-end dirt road. Two deputies emerged, pulled what looked to be a young gang member from the back seat and began roughing him up. Rodney and his brother didn't stick around to watch.
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March 7, 1991 | TRACY WOOD and FAYE FIORE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Bruised and in a wheelchair, Rodney Glen King was cleared for release from Los Angeles County Jail Wednesday as prosecutors announced no charges would be filed at this time against the unemployed construction worker who was severely beaten by a group of Los Angeles police while on the ground. The Los Angeles Police Department had arrested King for resisting arrest but, according to prosecutors, has failed so far to prove its case. King was to be released Wednesday night.
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March 7, 1991 | HECTOR TOBAR and RICHARD LEE COLVIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Rodney King's white Hyundai came to a stop on a busy San Fernando Valley street in front of a sprawling apartment complex. It was 12:30 a.m. Sunday, and the flashing lights of several patrol cars illuminated the scene. A police helicopter circled overhead, and its thumping sound began to draw tenants to their windows. At least one of them reached for a home video camera.
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May 2, 1992 | ASHLEY DUNN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the shadow of a flaming mini-mall near the corner of 5th and Western, behind a barricade of luxury sedans and battered grocery trucks, they built Firebase Koreatown. Richard Rhee, owner of the supermarket on the corner, had watched as roving bands of looters ransacked and burned Korean-owned businesses on virtually every block. But here, it would be different. "Burn this down after 33 years?"
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June 19, 2012
The death of Rodney Glen King this weekend brought to an end an era that defined modern Los Angeles and affected any person who lived through it. It was, of course, King's beating at the hands of four Los Angeles police officers in 1991 that plunged the city into a wrenching debate over police brutality and racism. When the officers who pummeled King were acquitted on all but one charge the following year, the city responded with devastating riots, and King memorably pleaded for calm, begging residents to "get along.
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April 10, 1993 | JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With the Rodney G. King civil rights trial drawing to a close, the lawyer for the officer who delivered the majority of the baton blows to King concluded his case Friday with an impassioned appeal for jurors to see the incident through the eyes of a policeman under pressure. Officer Laurence M. Powell "could have preserved his own safety," said his lawyer, Michael P. Stone. "He didn't do that. He chose to stand his ground. He chose to do his duty."
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March 7, 1991 | STEVE PADILLA and LESLIE BERGER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
George Holliday wasn't thinking about civil rights early Sunday when he aimed his new video camera at the street below his second-floor apartment and documented a scene that has shocked the nation. Getting the gadget to work and capturing "just a bit of action on my new camcorder" were the chief concerns of the Lake View Terrace resident, who admits he was barely aware of what was unfolding as he filmed it.
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June 19, 2012
The death of Rodney Glen King this weekend brought to an end an era that defined modern Los Angeles and affected any person who lived through it. It was, of course, King's beating at the hands of four Los Angeles police officers in 1991 that plunged the city into a wrenching debate over police brutality and racism. When the officers who pummeled King were acquitted on all but one charge the following year, the city responded with devastating riots, and King memorably pleaded for calm, begging residents to "get along.
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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.
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April 9, 2004 | Times Staff Reports
A San Bernardino County Superior Court judge ordered Rodney King to serve 120 days in jail beginning today, as completion of his August guilty pleas to driving under the influence and reckless driving. On April 13, 2003, King, 39, of Rialto was driving 100 mph when he crashed into a San Bernardino home. King's attorney had asked Judge Mary Fuller to allow King to serve the time on weekends or in a rehabilitation program.
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October 15, 2003 | Kristina Sauerwein, Times Staff Writer
Rodney King, whose videotaped beating by police led to the 1992 Los Angeles riots, was arrested for allegedly punching his girlfriend in the stomach, police said Tuesday. Authorities booked King, 38, of Rialto, on suspicion of domestic violence Saturday at West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga. He was released Monday after posting $50,000 bail.
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August 28, 2003 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
Rodney King, whose videotaped beating by police led to the 1992 Los Angeles riots, pleaded guilty Wednesday to driving under the influence and reckless driving in San Bernardino. A San Bernardino Superior Court judge sentenced King to 120 days in jail, a $1,454 fine, three years' probation and drug and alcohol treatment. King was charged in May after a Rialto police officer witnessed him driving about 100 mph and weaving through traffic on April 13.
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June 20, 2003
A San Bernardino man was shot several times by police early Thursday after allegedly shooting his girlfriend and a hotel employee, authorities said. Winston English, 52, shot his girlfriend in the hand after the couple argued while driving on Highway 30 about 2:30 a.m., police said. The woman, Tanija Salter, 28, jumped out of the car, and English tried to find her by knocking on several doors at two motels near the 600 block of North H Street, authorities said.
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May 10, 1992
It's my fault. After two days of watching Channel 5 in L.A., the tears finally rolled down my face; the hurt, anger, disbelief, and frustration welling to a head as I watched Rodney Glen King address the people of Los Angeles and the rest of our country. It's my fault. At 13, I watched from our rooftop in L.A. as Watts burned in '65. In the 27 years that followed I've complained about the general state of injustice in our country but failed to act. I've become complacent and apathetic, giving up my right--no!
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March 8, 1991 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
The news had reverberated with chilling stories of atrocities and physical abuse meted out to civilians and prisoners of war. But it wasn't Arabs who were captured on TV this week attacking their victim with horrifying fury. And this wasn't the Persian Gulf, either Baghdad or Kuwait City. Welcome to America's ugliest home videos.
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June 20, 2003
Rodney King, whose videotaped beating by police led to the 1992 Los Angeles riots, pleaded not guilty Thursday to misdemeanor charges of reckless driving and driving under the influence of drugs. King, who lives in Rialto, appeared in a Fontana courtroom and occasionally leaned on a walker because of injuries he sustained when he smashed his SUV into a San Bernardino home in April. Rialto police allege that King was driving a 2003 Ford Expedition about 100 mph before he crashed into the house.
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May 16, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
Police sought misdemeanor charges Wednesday against Rodney G. King -- whose videotaped beating by police led to the 1992 Los Angeles riots -- for allegedly driving recklessly while under the influence of drugs when he crashed his SUV into a house last month. "He had a sufficient amount of PCP in his system to warrant the charges," Rialto Police Sgt. Paul Wing said. On April 13, a police officer in Rialto, where King lives, saw him driving at more than 100 mph, Wing said.
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