The man who endured a police beating that sparked the Los Angeles riots of 1991, Rodney King, passed away at his residence this past weekend at the age of 47.
Famous for the quote, “Can we please all get along?” often misquoted as, “Can’t we all just get along?” has endured further, though less dramatic, run-ins with the law since 1991.
King, 25 at the time and on parole from a robbery conviction, was stopped for speeding on a darkened street. Four Los Angeles police officers hit him more than 50 times with their batons, kicked him, and shot him with stun guns.
Since then, King was arrested several times, mostly for alcohol-related crimes, most recently in Riverside Calif., last July.