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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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91.

SMH    

When he said, "Luckily I had my beating caught on tape" he wasn't speaking in a negative tone of voice. He basically was saying that if Trayvon's killing was caught on camera we can end all the confusion, speculations, and fabrications on what happened that night. C'MON PEOPLE, THINK !!!!!!!!!!

875 days ago
92.

jeff spicoli    

for a guy who was high on pcp, had a history of assault and on police, attacks 2 police officers...hes lucky they didn't kill his ass!....oh poor rodney king....

875 days ago
93.

dboytaliban    

all these racist comments aint right good thing 9/11 ****ed ya up

875 days ago
94.

Jenny Riley    

People like him will never admit to the truth. He deserved that beating, he should have gotten more. Problem with druggies and minorities they carry a big chip on their shoulder and argue with the police. If you just shut-up and do what they tell you won't have a problem. If you didn't do anything you have nothing to fear unless a mob of black people and their leaders threaten violence if you're not arrested.

875 days ago
95.

BB not bb    

Poor guy had all the sense beat out of him by those dirty cops, but what is everyone else's excuse? They think jusice for Trayvon means denying justice for George. That is not things getting better, that is things getting crazy.


It was wrong what happened to this guy but hello, they do it to whites and whoever else they want to also. It is called the Fraternal Order of Dirty Cops and if they don't like you, they will be after you all of your life.


Making cops answer to angry mobs is just going to make them even more out of control. I don't think the Florida cops are going to lie against George, but they had to arrest him for the dirty prosecutor and that is wrong.


Trayvon was trying to rob houses. Trayvon knew George was calling him into the police. Trayvon then went to go get his revenge on George and got the worst of the fight. Case closed.


Rodney King is just happy to be alive. He is no legal expert on this matter. I am against police brutality and mob brutality. One does not justify another.

874 days ago
96.

BettyQ    

King is a worthless no good bum.

874 days ago
97.

Woot    

You know, I don't know what kind of human being he was 20 years ago, but he truly seems like a likable guy now. I sure hope he's clean and living his life on the good side. All the best for you, Rodney!

874 days ago
98.

Jimbolina1    

Too bad your attack on your girlfriend wasn't!

874 days ago
99.

gcb0569    

Lucky u, huh RK???? ********........

874 days ago
100.

Sandy    

Rodney, your an idiot. The only thing your video showed was how not to act when an officer of the law asks you to stay down and dont move. Betcha you wont do that again!!!Dont compare your situation with Travyon's.

874 days ago
101.

leon holston    

and even with the beating on camera we still could not get a conviction in simi valleyHMMMMMMMMMM

874 days ago
102.

Rubenillo    

Mr Rodney King there is no I on dumbass, but there is a U

874 days ago
103.

JP1969    

What a pity Matthew Owens' attack wasn't caught on tape :(

874 days ago
104.

roger    

rodney king went on a high speed car chase that endangered police/pedestrian and other motorists lives.he needed to have the crap beaten out of him
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874 days ago
105.

paul    

rodney, just go away, you didn't have the common sense to pull over and listen to the police. The most you get is a ticket but no you drag jessie and al in and the rest of the creeps and put it on the cops. You were on something but that did not hit the news...

874 days ago
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