Rodney King on LA riots: You can’t fight violence with violence

By Eric W. Dolan
Monday, April 30, 2012 23:06 EDT
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Rodney King, the victim in a police brutality case that ignited the Los Angeles riots in 1992, said Monday that he hoped that what happened to him could no longer happen today.

After the officers who beat him with batons were acquitted, thousands of people in LA rioted.

“My reaction is, that is not the way I was raised,” King told The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur. I was raised a different way. I can understand the frustration on other people’s part but it’s just not the way I’m used to handling a horrible, violent situation. You can’t fight violence with violence and expect a good result.”

He said the $3.8 million settlement he later received from a civil case was not worth the brutal beating.

“I was just inches away from death,” King explained. “I wouldn’t wish that on anybody.”

Watch video, courtesy of Current TV, below:

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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