I remember when Rodney King got the shit kicked out of him by the LAPD, and for those of you who haven’t heard about the reputation of the LAPD, it’s true; they’re assholes. I know that’s a sweeping generalization, but I happen to think that most cops are racist pricks on a power trip looking for an excuse to beat the crap out of somebody. Imagine how much police brutality has not been videotaped.
The good news is that now that everyone has a camera on their phone, I think it’s made the cops think twice about doing it so publicly. Now, they probably take a look around first to see if anyone is holding a phone or a video camera, and if not, they whip out their clubs and tasers and have a field day. Do I sound like a Black Panther if I refer to them as “the pigs?”
I remember just being absolutely dumb-founded when I saw the Rodney King beating on the news. I had been in LA for less than a year and was still trying to adjust to my own beatings I was taking from the city. I honestly think that was a wake-up call for a lot of white people. Blacks, Mexicans and other minorities were well aware of police brutality but I don’t’ think white people had any clue that this happened as much as it did. I never thought about it because white people are taught that cops are good and that they help people. Blacks and Mexicans are taught that you should fear cops because they abuse their power, which is probably a little closer to the truth.
Do you remember when Zsa Zsa Gabor slapped the cop in the face? With that one move, she forever gained my respect. I’m not cop-bashing, I know they’re not all bad, but I haven’t had any good experiences with the LAPD so far. For example, one cop gave me a ticket for not wearing my seat belt correctly. It cost me $160. Keep in mind that I was wearing it, just not to his liking. Die Pig!
But back to Rodney. After the cops that beat him were acquitted, you already know the city went berserk. It was really crazy and scary. I was living alone in my studio apartment, watching the news and seeing parts of the city being burned and destroyed. It got really scary when people started burning stuff on Hollywood Boulevard because I lived one block up from there on the first floor.
I was afraid hoodlums were going to break in and steal my 12-inch TV. There was a curfew enforced on the entire city. It was a bizarre experience, but WTF did they think was gonna happen when those scumbags got acquitted?
This was also the time when my best gay David and I started becoming good friends. We were working together at Universal and he played my husband in the mouse show. We got a long great at work, so during the riots I called him and asked him if he wanted to go looting with me. Unfortunately, he wasn’t home. He called me back later but by that time the curfew was on and our looting opportunity was gone. I really wanted a bigger TV.
When tension arises, especially in work situations, I often quote our great poet, Rodney King by saying, ”Can’t we all just get along?”
Pictures: The first is the picture of Rodney King after the cops had their way with him.
The second picture I took while driving around after the riots.
I’m so happy I still have the third picture. I thought it was hilarious and still love it….guilty pigs.
The fourth picture is my best gave David and me about 20 years ago in the trailer for the mouse show. We’re friends to this day 🙂
Have a great weekend….