Rodney King Arrested on Suspicion of DUI

Troubled police brutalty victim has had many scrapes with the law

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    Can't we all just get along? Rodney King famously pleaded for peace during the 1992 rioting in South Central Los Angeles.

    Rodney King, the police brutality victim who became a symbol for racial healing when he pleaded for people to "just get along," was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

    King, who has long battled drug and alcohol problems and appeared on "Celebrity Rehab," was pulled over Tuesday in a 1994 Mitsubishi by Moreno Valley police in Riverside County, according to The Associated Press.

    "A preliminary evaluation of the driver indicated he was possibly driving while impaired," Moreno Valey police said in  a statement. "The subject was transported to the Moreno Valley Police Department for a further evaluation," police said.

    He was later booked and held on $2,500 bail.

    King's beating at the hands of LA cops in 1991 was caught on video by a witness and exposed what many believed was a culture of racially-charged police brutality. Four cops were indicted as a result of the incident, but when three were acquitted and the other case resulted in a mistrial, rioting engulfed African-American neighborhoods in LA. When the dust settled, 55 people had been killed and more than $1 billion in property damage had occurred.

    King's famous plea, "Can't we all just get along?" became a rallying cry for people hoping to heal the racial tensions.

    Two of the cops were later convicted on federal civil rights charges and King won a $3.8 million judgment from the city.

    King, who was on parole at the time of the 1991 beating, has been plagued by legal troubles in the ensuing decades. He served a 90-day jail term in 1996 for a hit-and-run involving his then-wife, and pleaded guilty in 2004 to driving under the influence. In March, he was cited for driving without a license after being pulled over in Arcadia.