Rodney Glen King was born in Sacramento, California on April 2nd of 1965. He was raised by his mother and father and grew up in Aldatena, California with his four siblings. As an adult, King lived a troubled life and struggled with alcohol addiction, drug addiction, and crime. King's father died in 1984 and the start of his criminal life began in 1989 when he robbed a store in Monterey Park, California. King was caught after he stole two hundred dollars from the store and was later convicted. He was then sentenced to two years of imprisonment. He served one year of his sentence, then he was released from prison.
The Rodney King Beating occurred in the early hours of the morning in Los Angeles, California. He and two of his friends had been at another friend's house watching a basketball game and drinking the night before. King and his two friends left the house intoxicated sometime before 12:30 am. King led police on a high speed chase for eight miles before his car was cornered by officers. There were four officers on the scene. An officer ordered King and his passengers out of the car. He was struck, forcefully, over thirty times and kicked six times. The officers tased King twice and he was repeatedly beaten and struck