Lora King, the daughter of Rodney King, whose brutal beating by white police sparked the Los Angeles riots 20 years ago, spoke out on Wednesday about her father’s case and George Floyd’s death.
When asked whether she felt we would see justice for Floyd’s death, she said, “I don’t want to be negative, but no.”
“I still don’t feel like the officers that were involved in my father’s beating — I don’t think we got justice for them,” she said. “None of them got long-term sentences … One of them is employed, I believe, by the Santa Monica department or Culver City department. Which is very depressing for me. Because that means he got his job back, which means somebody else is now suffering because I’m sure he didn’t learn because I’m sure he did not get a long-term sentence.”
Some context: In 1991, Rodney King was badly beaten by LAPD officers after a high-speed chase through Los Angeles County.
Video of the beating, taken by a witness, shows King being struck by police batons more than 50 times. Over 20 officers were present at the scene, most from the LAPD. King suffered 11 fractures and other injuries due to the beating.
Four police officers were indicted, but were acquitted — and black Los Angeles erupted in outrage. The ensuing riots led to more than 50 deaths and $1 billion in property damage.
Lora on George Floyd’s death: Lora King was roughly the same age as George Floyd’s daughter during the beating and riots.
King said what happened her father was “something that I live with every single day. And that’s something that (George Floyd’s daughter) will, unfortunately, live with every single day. I don’t wish that upon anybody.”
“You know, that night, my father was beaten. I lost a part of him but I didn’t lose him, luckily, by the grace of God … as far as that night’s concerned, I got to hug my father after that. Even though he was never the same. She will never get that opportunity. And, for me, that’s — that’s sickening,” she said.