Friday, May 24 2013 7:37 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:37:25 GMT
The City of Hattiesburg is increasing the sewer rates for Petal and some Lamar County customers who use their wastewater lagoon. Petal residents are concerned and voicing their opinions after finding outMore >>
Petal and Hattiesburg residents are voicing their opinions after finding out the City of Hattiesburg is increasing sewer rates. More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 7:09 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:09:56 GMT
It is official, Boy Scouts of America must accept all male youth no matter their sexual orientation. On Thursday, more than 60-percent of the Boy Scouts of America's 14-hundred-members voted for theMore >>
It is official, Boy Scouts of America must accept all male youth no matter their sexual orientation.More >>
Dan Sligh and his wife were in their pickup truck on Interstate 5 heading to a camping trip when a bridge before them disappeared in a "big puff of dust."More >>
The trucker was hauling drilling equipment when his load bumped against the steel framework over an Interstate 5 bridge. He looked in his rearview mirror and watched in horror as the span collapsed into the water behind him....More >>
RIALTO, CA (RNN) - Authorities investigating the death of Rodney King indicate his drowning was probably accidental.
According to the Los Angeles Times, King's fiancee, Cynthia Kelley, was inside King's house and heard a splash. She rushed outside to see King at the bottom of the pool, but because she does not swim well, she could not rescue him.
She called 911 at 5:25 a.m. Sunday. Paramedics tried to resuscitate him, but could not. He was pronounced dead at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton, CA, about 6:11 a.m.
According to the Contra Costa Times, at about 3 a.m. Sunday, a neighbor heard deep sobbing from outside King's house.
"I then heard someone say, 'OK, Please stop. Go inside the house,'" King's neighbor, Sandra Gardea, told the Times. "We heard quiet for a few minutes. Then, after that, we heard a splash in the back."
Reports indicate King was a good swimmer. However, he had suffered from the effects of the beating by Los Angeles police officers years later, and had a well publicized battle with substance abuse.
An autopsy is set for Monday.
King, 47, became a symbol of police brutality after Los Angeles Police tased him and struck him more than 50 times with their batons, resulting in 11 skull fractures and a busted eye socket. King had led the officers on a high-speed chase on March 4, 1991, and the beating was caught on video and shown around the world.
It was one of the first times citizen-captured video was used to implicate law enforcement misconduct.
After the officers involved were acquitted of charges in the case, riots erupted April 29, 1992 in Los Angeles, resulting in 54 deaths and millions of dollars in damage. More than 2,000 people were injured in the riots.
Kings famous words, "Can we all get along?" became the mantra for the need for improved race relations.
In a claim filed with the city, King said he sustained permanent brain damage, kidney damage and multiple broken bones, among other injuries.
The beating and subsequent investigation led to the resignation of then-police chief, Daryl F. Gates.
Four Los Angeles police officers, Sgt. Stacey Koon, Theodore Briseno, Laurence Powell, and Timothy Wind, were tried for excessive use of force. The trial was held in Simi Valley, CA, a predominately demographically white Los Angeles.
Two officers were later found guilty during a federal trial on civil rights violations. Two other officers were acquitted of the charges.
King later sued the city and received $3.8 million in damages.
In February 2012, King pled guilty to misdemeanor reckless driving after he was stopped by Los Angeles police on March 3, 2011.
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Friday, May 24 2013 5:52 PM EDT2013-05-24 21:52:06 GMT
The eight Marion County law enforcement officers who've lost their lives in the line of duty were remembered in an annual ceremony Friday morning. It included the laying of a wreath at a fallen officersMore >>
The eight Marion County law enforcement officers who've lost their lives in the line of duty were remembered in an annual ceremony Friday morning. More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 4:45 PM EDT2013-05-24 20:45:22 GMT
First responders from in Laurel and Jones County were treated to Lunch Friday by the Wayne Farms Laurel facility. As part of National Emergency Service Week, for the last 12-years Wayne farms has hostedMore >>
First responders from in Laurel and Jones County were treated to lunch Friday by the Wayne Farms Laurel facility. More >>