Thursday, 14. July 2011
Rodney King, who became the symbol of police brutality being beaten by four officers after a car chase in 1992, has been arrested on suspicion of DUI.
He was pulled over in Riverside County, California Tuesday evening after police cited the 46-year-old with “multiple infractions.”
He was left with brain damage after that Los Angeles beating and has previous driving convictions. King was taken into custody on Tuesday, July 12th and was booked on suspicion of driving under the influence at the Robert Presley Detention Center in Southern California.
A police statement explains, “A preliminary evaluation of the driver indicated he was probably driving while impaired.”
Police have not yet divulged what substance King was allegedly under the influence of at the time of the arrest. But, King told authorities that he had a drinking problem.
20 years ago King sued the city of Los Angeles after a video caught four policemen beating him up following a car chase. The judge awarded King $3.8 million in compensation.
At the time of the beating he was in his early twenties and was an important figure in the subsequent trial of the four officers for police brutality. After they were acquitted, riots broke out in Los Angeles which left more than 50 people dead.
“Alcohol and drug addiction can touch everyone regardless of race, religion, or celebrity status,” says DWI Attorney, Avery Appelman. “It appears that Mr. King is struggling with some chemical dependency issues. The best course of action is to have a professional conduct a chemical dependency assessment and have Mr. King follow the recommendations for treatment.”