Rodney King, who was brutally beaten by LA cops and when those same cops were acquitted set off riots throughout the area, was found dead at the age of 47 today. He will most be remembered for his comment during the La Riots:
Time reports more about him on life after the beatings:
But his life afterward was a struggle to heal from the physical and psychological wounds that lingered long after his trial, and he experienced several run-ins with the law, trouble with drug and alcohol abuse and continued domestic violence issues, as well as financial difficulties, despite what he has always maintained were his best efforts.
“Getting past the beating, making it through that alive means better to me,” he told TIME earlier this year on the 20th anniversary of the riot. He explained that as he has traveled the path of healing, so has Los Angeles. Both imperfect, but both trying to be better. “It’s slowly getting better, but it is getting better….”
He was awarded $3.8 million by Los Angeles in a later civil trial, but much of that went to legal and medical bills. Later, he opened a small rap label, but didn’t see much success with it and it soon folded. Through the 1990s, he was arrested several times on DUI charges and on domestic abuse charges. His wife Crystal divorced him in 1995. His most recent arrest was in July 2011 with a DUI charge.
King spent much of his time in rehabilitation programs and even was cast on the second season of VH1′s Celebrity Rehab, which he completed successfully. He had gone back to working in the construction business with his family members and recently said he was in a good place, much of his trouble with drinking behind him. In April, he released an autobiography: The Riot Within: My Journey from Rebellion to Redemption, which entails his own view of his experiences and how he survived.
“I waited 20 years, including two years writing this and I’m able to tell my story,” he said in an interview. “I call that better in my life.”
Let us not forget how brutally beaten he was and apparently he never recovered from the psychological trauma and the demons that haunted him for years even before his beatings. Judge for yourself what brutality can do to others:
And so we pray…
Give us the strength, O Lord to stand up for those who have no voice and who are unjustly abused. Allow us to not fear those in authority who abuse it.
But most of all..
Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him. May Rodney’s soul and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.