The Rodney King Saga: As Told Through Rap Lyrics

Officers In King Case Plead Not Guilty (March 26, 1991)

What happened? Officers Stacey Koon, Laurence Powell, Timothy Wind, and Theodore Briseno all enter a plea of “not guilty” despite the fact we’ve all seen a tape of them viciously beating King.
Song: Geto Boys “Crooked Officer” (1993)

Lyrics: “Cause you want to harass me, yeah?/And if I talk back, you want to beat me down fast G/Just like Rodney King/But if you try that shit with me, it’s going to be a different scene.” (Bushwick Bill)
Complex says: Bushwick Bill warns that he ain’t going out like King but the truth is he’d probably get a much worse deal than King did. Mostly because—as his recent arrest proved—he can always get the Shyne treatment and get deported.

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