The daughter of Rodney King stood side-by-side with members of the LAPD at a meeting of the LA Conservation Corps on Thursday.
Recalling the 1991 beating that set off mass rioting and looting, the 32-year-old Lora King told at-risk youth of the importance of not judging an entire sector of public service for the actions of a few, as well as the need to stand together and cooperate.
“It is hard to trust,” she said. “But it’s not going to get anything resolved by hating.”
King noted that her father never had hatred in his heart for police, and simply wanted coexistence.
“That’s actually what my dad stood for, so I’m following in his footsteps. He had no hatred in his heart for police,” she noted.
According to NBC News 4 LA, she also told police that they need to listen to the community, and the community needs to be more open-minded. She went on to say that while the beating of her father was an eye-opener, it seems that everyone has already forgotten.
LAPD Senior Lead Officer Rashad Sharif -who was a rookie with the LAPD during the riots- said King’s willingness to join forces with the LAPD shows just how much progress has been made in the past quarter-century.
“That’s a lot of courage to come here and be like, ‘That’s the same uniform that put my dad in the hospital,’ ” Sharif said. “Having her here is like full circle … I just wish I could have met her dad to say, ‘Hey, I’m sorry, too.’ “
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