Rodney Glen King (born April 2, 1965) is an African-American taxi driver who was violently arrested by officers of the LAPD. The event was videotaped by a bystander, and the incident raised a public outcry among those who believed it was a racially motivated and gratuitous attack and the acquittal in a state court of the four defendants, charged with using excessive force, provided the spark that led to the 1992 Los Angeles riots.
- Can we get along here? Can we all get along?
- King appealing for calm during the Los Angeles riots (May 1, 1992), reported in 15 Years Later, Rodney King Looks Back
- It made me feel like I was back in slavery days.
- King reflecting on the beating 15 Years Later, Rodney King Looks Back
- You know, before when (the police went) to work, they used to be like, 'I'm gonna kick somebody's ass today and so I hope I can catch somebody in a bad situation or breaking the law, because I'm gonna beat someone's ass in a big way, I think that attitude has changed.
- King's point of view on how things have changed since the incident Five years later, wounds from L.A. riots still sting (April 29, 1997).