Rodney King ended up playing a part in American culture, politics, violence and peace, he never intended to play. He was a reluctant figure in civil rights, a victim, a peace-maker and an occasional criminal. Quite a mix. He appreciated life, yet died at the relatively young age of 47 years.
Many of us who followed the story focused on the verdict and the violence the broke out after it was announced. The public was also concerned about who was at fault in the violent arrest, which was caught on film and played in the media over and over as we all became jurors in the case. However, what many don’t realize, or may have forgotten, is the severity of the injuries suffered by King, or the emotional and mental anguish he dealt with following the riots which took the lives of 53 people.
Below: NPR with an interesting piece on Rodney King-
Audio with text transcript: http://www.npr.org/2012/04/27/151526928/rodney-king-two-wrongs-dont-make-a-right