Rodney King’s Daughter Stands with LAPD

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At first glance, the image of Lora King, the daughter of Rodney King, standing in solidarity with members of the LAPD strikes is surprising.

King was seven years old when her father was brutally beaten by members of the Los Angeles police department. The footage, released on news stations nationwide, displayed an unarmed King being punched, kicked and repeatedly hit with batons.  The officers involved were acquitted.

According to the Associated Press, the visual gave Lora King nightmares for years.

The aftermath of the March 1991 encounter sparked one of the biggest race riots to hit the streets of L.A.. The Los Angeles Riots of 1992 lasted a total of three days, left 55 people dead, over 2,0000 people injured and an array of fires. As the violence and loitering took over the city, Rodney King, pleaded on television: “Can’t we all just get along?”

It is that message that brought his daughter, now 32 and an administrative assistant at an accounting firm, to a place of peace and openness to spread the message that “hating” is not going to get anything resolved.

The image referenced above, was taken while Lora King and a dozen officers spoke to young people who have had their own adverse experiences with police.

The nearly 50 young adults are part of the Los Angeles Conservation Corps, an organization that provides youth with job training, education and work.

While there, King expressed, “It’s more important to build bridges with officers than to stand against them. That’s actually what my dad stood for, so I’m following his footsteps.”

She also noted that her father had no hatred in his heart for police and stressed the importance of officers listening to the community, and the community keeping an open mind.

She made the point that her father’s beating “was an eye-opener, but it’s like everyone dozed off again.”

The statement is interesting being that there’s evidence of the same attacks happening to unarmed individuals at the hands of police officers.

Cases such as Alton Sterling and Philando Castile provide blatant examples of how much further we need to go in the realm of social justice. Those instances alone influenced athletes, celebrities and others with wide and vast platforms to take a stand and speak out against racial and social injustice on public forums.

No, we don’t want to walk around with hate on our hearts and in disharmony, but reality is making it hard to embrace “kumbaya” moments.

No, we don’t want to label every police officer as a “bad cop.” In fact, there was a national salute to Officer Tommy Norman of Arkansas for his civic and genuine duty. Unfortunately, Black and Brown people are grouped together no matter what the case.

While we can surely understand King’s wanting the two sides to connect, build and HEAR one another, there has to be desire on both sides.

What do you think of her stance?