Rodney King, the victim of a vicious 1991 police beating that subsequently led to the Los Angeles riots, was arrested July 12 in California for suspicion of driving under the influence.
Riverside County, Calif. Sheriff deputies say King committed “several traffic violations” while driving his 1994 Mitsubishi before he was pulled over, according to reports. Police have not said whether King was under the influence of alcohol or other drugs at the time of his arrest.
He was arrested and has been released on bail.
King’s 1991 beating in California’s San Fernando Valley became a wake-up call to many Americans about the existence of police brutality. The four officers shown on the video beating King were acquitted in 1992, igniting riots in Los Angeles which left more than 50 people dead and forced the L.A. Lakers and L.A. Clippers to move their NBA playoff games.
Since then, King has had several run-ins with police, including charges of domestic violence, driving under the influence, the use of controlled substances and other traffic violations. A 1995 hit and run incident landed him in jail for 90 days.
King’s substance abuse problems have also led to appearances on reality TV, and he has appeared on the television shows “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew” and “Sober House.”