His police beating in a 1991 traffic stop led to the Los Angeles riots

By People Staff
Updated July 13, 2011 01:50 PM
Credit: Splash News Online

Rodney King, whose 1991 police beating led to the Los Angeles riots after the officers’ acquittals, was arrested on Tuesday afternoon for DUI.

King, 46, was pulled over in Moreno Valley, Calif., after police observed him commit several traffic violations, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. He was booked for a misdemeanor and released on $2,500 bail.

King, was caught on video being beat by the L.A. police 20 years ago after a traffic stop. He was awarded $3.8 million in a civil case, but was left with permanent brain damage. He’s long struggled with addiction and was featured on VH1’s Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew in 2008.
Dahvi Shira