Rodney King Shot

Motorist Rodney King was shot, apparently while bicycling around town drunk.

Rodney King, whose videotaped beating once made him an international symbol of police brutality, suffered minor injuries after getting hit by a shotgun blast, authorities in California said on Thursday.

An intoxicated King summoned officers to his home in Rialto, about 60 miles east of Los Angeles, on Wednesday night to report he had been shot, said Sgt. Don Lewis of the Rialto Police Department.

“He had some minor pepper wounds that looked like they were from bird shot,” said Lewis, who described the injuries as “extremely minor.”

Lewis said King told police the shooting took place while he was riding his bicycle in neighboring San Bernardino. King rode his bicycle home after the incident and it was not immediately clear who fired the shot, Lewis said.

“(King) and the whole house were very intoxicated and very uncooperative,” Lewis said.

People, can’t we just get along?

Via OTB News

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  1. markm says:

    ….WOW…I mean, what a shocker. He’s got a track record of being a really good guy. Good citizen.

  2. Eneils Bailey says:

    The price of a used bicycle….. $135.00.
    The cost of a bag of dope….. $50.00.
    Paying for the dope for your posse..About $5000.00/a week.
    The cost of a college education at a public institution and an opportunity to set your life straight…… $50,000.00.
    The ability to piss away a $3,800,000.00 civil jury award…… Priceless.

  3. Bandit says:

    Nostradamus couldn’t have seen this coming.