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LAPD beating victim Rodney King arrested on drug charge

Rodney King
Rodney King was arrested in Pomona, California, Saturday and taken to a nearby medical center for drug testing.  

POMONA, California (CNN) -- Rodney King, whose videotaped beating by police officers led to the 1992 Los Angeles riots, was arrested in a park for allegedly being under the influence of PCP and exposing himself.

King was arrested at 3:30 p.m. Saturday (6:30 p.m. ET) at Ganesha Park in Pomona, a community 30 miles east of Los Angeles. According to Lt. Rick Mackey of the Pomona Police Department, police received a phone call from a person in the park who complained that King was displaying "bizarre behavior" and exposing himself.

Mackey said the caller also gave them a description of a vehicle in which King was a passenger, and police saw King leaving the park in a vehicle matching that description when they arrived to investigate.

King, 36, was arrested and taken to the Pomona Valley Medical Center for drug testing. He was released from police custody about 10 hours later after posting $2,500 bail. A court hearing has been set for next month.

King has twice spent 90 days in jail for misdemeanor domestic abuse convictions in the past few years.

He remains on probation in San Bernardino County for a March 1999 incident in which he admitted abusing the mother of his teen-age daughter in Fontana.

King's 1991 beating led to riots when four officers were acquitted of state charges. Two of the officers were later convicted in federal court of violating King's civil rights.

King also won a $3.8 million settlement in a civil rights lawsuit against the city of Los Angeles.


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