September 08, 2003


Rodney King, awarded $US3.8 million after his LAPD beating, is broke:

Let's say, for the sake of this example, King had to pay his lawyers a million dollars in legal fees. If he had put the remaining money in the bank in a long-term savings account, it would have netted him a six-figure income for the rest of his life -- without requiring a stitch of work to get it. But if you give money to a self-destructive lout like King, all you are going to get for your money is trouble.

Well, he wasn’t entirely self-destructive -- the LAPD doesn't use Nerf batons -- but David Horowitz has a point.

Posted by Tim Blair at September 8, 2003 03:38 AM

Huh? Did anyone ever argue that King was a figure of virtue? The rule is: police aren't supposed to beat people up. It's not waived for assholes.

"If Rodney King had obeyed the orders clearly given and had laid down in a 'prone position' on the night of his famous encounter with Los Angeles police, 58 people would be alive today ..."

So it's all King's fault? That's a pretty unhelpful counterfactual. 58 people would also have been alive if he'd been at home painting pictures of his favourite cat, too. Or, if he hadn't been hit.

Posted by: Michael S. at September 8, 2003 at 11:53 AM

King was so wasted on PCP they could have been using 2x4s and the cretin would have kept on getting up. The Rodney King thing was a disgraceful bit of media manipulation; all the events prior to him getting whacked upside the head were conveniently ignored.

Posted by: Habib Bickford at September 8, 2003 at 12:25 PM

He wouldn't have been awarded $3.8 mil - or blown it - if he'd been home painting his favourite cat either.

Posted by: pooh at September 8, 2003 at 12:30 PM

pooh, your link is broken.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at September 8, 2003 at 12:38 PM

When the police tell you to get down on the ground, you get down on the ground. The passenger in the car did.

Posted by: Sandy P. at September 8, 2003 at 12:48 PM

Everyone should watch Derek Vinyard's rant about this topic in the movie "American History X". Yes, Vinyard was deranged, but he did put forward a compelling argument.

Posted by: Dan at September 8, 2003 at 01:02 PM

Good lord. :-0

Posted by: Clarke Kent at September 8, 2003 at 03:00 PM

He blew his millions? That IS sad.

Posted by: Bashir Gemayel at September 8, 2003 at 03:24 PM

On the bright side, I'm sure Milton Grimes, the attorney who represented King and received half of Rodney's settlement -- and then sued Rodney for unpaid bills incurred while visiting the premier of "Malcom X", among other things -- is duing just find.

Posted by: Sean at September 8, 2003 at 03:44 PM

Um, I meant to say "just fine".

Posted by: Sean at September 8, 2003 at 03:46 PM

From what I've read of Mr. King and what I know about lawyers, I'll bet the lawyers got it all.

Posted by: Theodopoulos Pherecydes at September 8, 2003 at 10:32 PM

What?! He was stimulating the economy, fine upstanding fellow that he is.

Posted by: BH at September 9, 2003 at 02:10 AM