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Posted: 6/21/2003 12:01:58 AM EDT
[url]http://www.azcentral.com/offbeat/articles/0620rodneyking-ON.html[/url] Rodney King pleads innocent to PCP charges Associated Press Jun. 20, 2003 07:45 AM FONTANA, Calif. - Rodney King, whose videotaped beating by police officers sparked the Los Angeles riots of 1992, has pleaded innocent to charges stemming from an April car crash. King pleaded innocent to one misdemeanor count each of reckless driving, driving under the influence of PCP and being under the influence of PCP. Police said King raced through a Rialto intersection at more than 100 mph on April 13 before losing control, striking a utility pole, careening into a fence and hitting a house. King suffered a fractured pelvis and cracked ribs. Authorities said tests revealed he had PCP in his system. He was ordered to return to court July 9 for a pretrial hearing. Outside court, King acknowledged he "may have been speeding a bit" but denied being under the influence of drugs or alcohol. He said he lost control of the car when he hit potholes on a poorly maintained street in Rialto, where he now lives. King had been pulled over in 1991 when he was beaten by police officers who said he acted menacingly and refused to follow their orders. A bystander videotaped four white officers pummeling King, who is black. After a jury acquitted the officers in 1992, riots broke out across Los Angeles and lasted four days, leaving 55 people dead and more than 2,000 injured. The mayhem caused $1 billion in property damage. King received a $3.8 million settlement from Los Angeles in 1994. He had several run-ins with the law in the years that followed and was sentenced to 90 days in jail and four years probation in 1999 for spousal abuse. In 2001 he pleaded no contest to indecent exposure and being under the influence of PCP and was sentenced to a year in a drug treatment center.
Link Posted: 6/21/2003 12:05:20 AM EDT
Life is difficult when your "victim of poverty" card gets taken away. cynic
Link Posted: 6/21/2003 12:09:07 AM EDT
Without "diversity" systems and quota programs many would simply not make it(survive) in the modern world.
Link Posted: 6/21/2003 12:16:23 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Airwolf: [url]http://www.azcentral.com/offbeat/articles/0620rodneyking-ON.html[/url] Police said King raced through a Rialto intersection at more than 100 mph on April 13 before losing control, striking a utility pole, careening into a fence and hitting a house. King suffered a fractured pelvis and cracked ribs.
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Looks like he gave himself the beating this time.
Link Posted: 6/21/2003 6:10:31 AM EDT
Darwin DOES work, but we have anti-drug laws that interfere with it. If narcotics were legalized, we would be rid of the weaker members of our society very quickly.
Link Posted: 6/21/2003 3:24:21 PM EDT
I'll bet a dollar that he has already squandered his settlement check, and now the taxpayers are paying for his health care. Too bad we didn't have a carbeque.
Link Posted: 6/21/2003 3:36:49 PM EDT
That is so sad. If he'd been going just a little bit faster....
Link Posted: 6/21/2003 3:39:01 PM EDT
Notice that he balmed the accident on the City of Rialto's potholes? He's already thinking about a lawsuit for lousy street maintenance.
Link Posted: 6/21/2003 4:10:12 PM EDT
Ironic, isn't it. Rodney King got more money for an ass-whipping, than Randy Weaver got for a Wife, and Son... [rolleyes] That's "justice", in America these days..
Link Posted: 6/21/2003 5:21:27 PM EDT
Originally Posted By liberty86: Ironic, isn't it. Rodney King got more money for an ass-whipping, than Randy Weaver got for a Wife, and Son... [rolleyes] That's "justice", in America these days..
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Damn! I hadn't thought about that. That's fucked up!
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