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Rodney King pulled over, cited for driving without license

by Adam Russett on March 4, 2011

Just a day before the 20th anniversary of the police beating that caused riots across much of Los Angeles, Rodney King was pulled over by police again. This time, he was only given a citation for driving without a valid license, according to TMZ.com.

The police were first attracted to the scene when neighbors in Arcadia, California, complained that someone was driving recklessly through the area. They pulled King over after he made an unsafe lane change.

However, his fiancée, Cynthia Kelly, said that he was actually pulled over for running a red light, according to The Daily Mail.

The timing of the event drew attention from news outlets, because it occurred right before a Friday special on CNN, Race and Rage: The Beating of Rodney King, aired in tribute to the anniversary of the beating.

Back on March 3, 1991, it was a different story. Rodney King led police on a car chase because he was driving drunk and, if he was given a DUI, his parole for a robbery conviction would be violated.

When he finally did stop, police officers took him out of the car and started to beat him with batons. A man who lived nearby, George Holliday, managed to capture the assault on tape.

King suffered from skull fractures and damage to his brain and kidneys.

The acquittal all of the officers involved in the beating sparked a series of riots in Los Angeles that caused a billion dollars in damage. By the time order had been restored to the city, 55 people were dead, 2,000 were injured and 12,000 had been arrested.

King's record hasn't been spotless since then. In 2004, he pleaded guilty to reckless driving while under the influence of drugs.

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