By David Bradvica
POMONA -- Rodney King, whose
videotaped beating at the hands of police officers led to the 1992 Los
Angeles riots, has been arrested in the Inland Valley for the third time
in the past six weeks.
Officers arrested King about
1 a.m. Saturday morning after they found him trying to start a vehicle
near the corner of 9th and Parcells streets while under the influence of
PCP, Lt. Darrell Cummings said.
Officers were responding to a report
of a man who appeared intoxicated. They found King to display objective
symptoms of PCP intoxication, Cummings said.
King, a 36-year-old Altadena resident,
was booked into Pomona City Jail on suspicion of driving under the
influence of a controlled substance. He was released Saturday afternoon
after posting $2,500 bail, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff's
Department booking records.
He was ordered to appear in Pomona
Superior Court on Tuesday.
Saturday's arrest was the second by
Pomona police in the past two weeks and is the latest in a series of
run-ins with the law in the past few years for King, who was thrust onto
the world stage when an amateur photographer videotaped members of the
Los Angeles Police Department beating him at the end of a chase in the
San Fernando Valley on March 3, 1991.
The 1992 riots began after a jury in
Simi Valley acquitted the four officers involved in King's beating. Two
officers were later convicted in federal court of violating King's civil
King got a $3.8 million settlement
from the city of Los Angeles in 1994 but has since spent the past few
years embroiled in legal disputes with the civil attorneys who helped
him win the settlement.
Since that settlement, a series of
run-ins with the law have kept King in the news.
He already is scheduled to appear in
court on Nov. 9 regarding two separate misdemeanor charges of being
under the influence of PCP and a misdemeanor charge of indecent
exposure. One of the drug charges and the indecent exposure charges stem
from a Sept. 29 arrest by Pomona police at Ganesha Park, where visitors
had complained that he was jumping on an ice chest and exposing himself.
The other drug charge stems from an
Aug. 28 arrest by Claremont police after King complained to a motel
clerk that his car had been stolen. His car wasn't stolen - his
girlfriend had taken it out to run an errand - but the clerk called
police after noticing that King appeared intoxicated, police said.
Those charges - even before Saturday
morning's arrest - have prompted San Bernardino County prosecutors to
say that they intend to file a petition revoking his probation, a move
that could result in jail time for King. King was placed on five years
of unsupervised probation in June 1999 after he admitted to abusing the
mother of his teen-aged daughter.
He spent 90 days in jail as part of
the plea bargain for that incident.
David Bradvica can be reached by
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