Rodney King Freed on Bond

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Rodney G. King was released from jail early Saturday morning after being arrested on suspicion of domestic abuse and assault with a deadly weapon, police said.

King, whose videotaped beating by Los Angeles police made worldwide headlines and led to the 1992 riots, was arrested Friday evening after he argued with an unidentified woman and then drove away as she reached inside his car for her purse. She was knocked down, police said, and had to be transported to the hospital for treatment of cuts.

Reached at a relative’s house Saturday, the woman declined to comment.

King posted $50,000 bond about 2:30 a.m. Saturday and was ordered to appear for a hearing Aug. 16 in Alhambra Municipal Court.


The charges are the latest scrape with the law that King has had since his celebrated police brutality case, which touched off riots when a state trial ended in not guilty verdicts against four Los Angeles police officers. King later won a $3.8-million civil award from the city.