I couldn't believe what I was reading. "A dear man"? Are you fucking kidding me? Rodney King was a waste of life--a violent, alcoholic career felon with a long history of domestic violence. Take a look at the heartwarming ways this "dear man" expressed his love for his family, particularly his spouses (from this site):
July 27, 1987: According to a complaint filed by his wife, King beat her while she was sleeping, then dragged her outside the house and beat her again. King was charged with battery and pleaded "no contest." He was placed on probation and ordered to obtain counseling. He never got the counseling.
June 26, 1992: King's second wife reported to police that King had hit her and she feared for her life. King was handcuffed and taken to a police station, but his wife then decided against pressing charges.
July 14, 1995: King got into an argument with his wife while he was driving, pulled off the freeway and ordered her out of the car. When she started to get out, King sped off, leaving her on the highway with a bruised arm. King was charged with assault with a deadly weapon (his car), reckless driving, spousal abuse, and hit-and-run. King was tried on all four charges, but found guilty only of hit-and-run driving.*
(*This summary doesn't mention that King actually struck his wife and knocked her down with the car as she reached back in for her purse. You can find more details here.)
This "dear man" was dangerous, particularly to those who "loved him so."
March 3, 1999: King allegedly injured the sixteen-year-old girl that he had fathered out of wedlock when he was seventeen, as well as the girl's mother. King was arrested for injuring the woman, the girl, and for vandalizing property. King claimed that the incident was simply "a family misunderstanding."
I understand that King was Dr. Drew's patient, and that requires Drew to have a certain amount of sympathy, but there are limits. King's untimely (but long overdue) demise likely saved his fiancee, Cynthia Kelley, from becoming wife/domestic violence victim number three. It also likely spared society at large a panoply of criminal acts in the coming decades, any one of which--given how many of his prior acts involved alcohol and motor vehicles--could have been fatal to his future victims.
Regardless of what you may think of the 1991 police beating that made him famous, Rodney King is not a sympathetic figure. He is not a hero, an innocent victim, or--as the ever-clueless Al Sharpton laughably suggested--an important civil rights figure. He was an oxygen thief, and his demise is no tragedy. Save your crocodile tears for a more deserving subject.