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Rodney King on Trayvon Martin

Thank God My Attack

Was Caught on Tape

4/24/2012 7:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Rodney King tells TMZ ... he sincerely hopes Trayvon Martin's family will eventually get justice ... but says Trayvon's case makes him realize how lucky he was to have his beating captured on tape.

Just days before the 20 year anniversary of the L.A. riots, King was in NYC promoting his new book in which he describes his journey through the violence ... from the infamous beating at the hands of LAPD officers ... to his public plea for peace.

"It's not one day that goes by that I don't think about the incident ... I get these headaches ... when I [sniff], my sinuses start burning."

Now, with the Trayvon Martin case stirring up similar emotions as his legal saga  ... King says the judicial system is a "slow process" .... and adds, "I'm hoping he gets justice for his family ... 'cause he's no longer here, so for his family."

King went on to talk about how his own life is finally heading in a positive direction ... but noted, "Luckily I got [my attack] seen on tape."

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76.

dfghj    

And too bad you hitting multiple cars, putting countless pedestrians and other motorists in danger, and almost hitting a police officer wasn't on tape. You s***bag. After all you did with your car prior to the beating you DESERVED the beating that your father should've given you.

910 days ago
77.

tidegirl    

Notice we have had no comment from Jesse Jackson, Rodney King, Al Sharpton, Spike Lee and Obama about the black woman who randonmly shot a killed the white woman and stole her three day old baby! That story got swept under the rug!

910 days ago
78.

Jimbo    

I remember back when this happened, the press took this story and had it on tv constantly. For weeks it seemed you could not watch tv without the clip of him being beaten.

910 days ago
79.

Toletha    

Nobody DESERVES a beat-down! I'd be willing to bet that the same people who are saying Rodney King deserved a beating are the same ones who cringe at a parent not sparing the rod with their child (as the Bible so condones). And how about if Rodney had been your offspring, friend or other relative? Would he still DESERVE a beating? Like Zimmerman, the cops in the Rodney King case became judge and jury, and no one has a right to be denied due process, whether it be simply questioned, jailed, and/or tried in a court of law. Cops have a job because there are criminals, and their bad behavior goes with the territory. Those cops who can't handle the heat need to get the heck outta the kitchen. On the flip side, Zimmerman apparently fancied himself being a cop (probably tried out and didn't make the cut)and thought he would be hailed a hero. Well guess what -- He's being hailed a zero!

910 days ago
80.

Lynne    

Justice? Racism? Blah blah blah.

What about this story? Will it get media attention as well?
http://www2.wkrg.com/news/2012/apr/23/31/man-beaten-mob-critical-condition-ar-3659891/?referer=http://m.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwkrg.com%2Far%2F3659891%2F%3Ffb_comment_id%3Dfbc_10150785619088987_22485277_10150787946618987&h=YAQGq24Dk&shorturl=http://bit.ly/JsDGsx

910 days ago
81.

todd    

that's all we need this thugs opinion he needs an ass whipping about every year or two

910 days ago
82.

John Lutz    

Hey Rodney
As Cedric the entertainer said on Barbershop, "Your ass should have been beat!"

910 days ago
83.

theo    

WHAT IS THIS UGLY CRACK HEAD SAYING? THE COPS SHOULD HAVE GIVEN HIM A FEW MORE KNOCKERS IN THAT THING HE CALLS A HEAD.

910 days ago
84.

evanescence    

Speaking of Trayvon, it appears the backlash has begun:
http://news.yahoo.com/justice-trayvon-alabama-man-critical-condition-mob-beating-053222142.html

910 days ago
85.

Elizabeth    

Who says f--- on NPR? Rodney King & Meryl Streep. Well, actually she said "f--kable." http://www.npr.org/2012/02/06/146362798/meryl-streep-the-fresh-air-interview

910 days ago
86.

BettyQ    

King is a worthless bum!!

910 days ago
87.

AJ    

Sgt. Stacy Koon and the cops that were with him got a raw deal. They were sold out by racist blacks and coward politicians.
Just like when NYCPD Patrolman Cardillo was killed in Harlem in the early 70's. The politicians were afraid of a race riot like what happened with Kings verdict.
Politicians are whores.
King resisted arrest and the batons that were used to subdue King were difficult to use. That is why is appeared the cops beat him when in fact they did not.
Necessary force was used.
And King made millions.
He is a happy man.
Though he blew all of his millions.

910 days ago
88.

AJ    

Sgt. Stacy Koon and the cops that were with him got a raw deal. They were sold out by racist blacks and coward politicians.
Just like when NYCPD Patrolman Cardillo was killed in Harlem in the early 70's. The politicians were afraid of a race riot like what happened with Kings verdict.
Politicians are whores.
King resisted arrest and the batons that were used to subdue King were difficult to use. That is why is appeared the cops beat him when in fact they did not.
Necessary force was used.
And King made millions.
He is a happy man.
Though he blew all of his millions.

910 days ago
89.

Dolly    

What? I can't finish reading this bs.

910 days ago
90.

BettyQ    

King is a worthless bum!!

910 days ago
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