Back in June, on the occasion of Rodney King's death by drowning in his backyard pool, I wrote the following in a post here on Ricochet:
Rodney King was not a hardened criminal, but rather a man who lacked sufficient restraint on his appetites, the result of which was a string of arrests for relatively minor offenses like drunk driving and domestic violence. And though the Los Angeles County coroner has yet to disclose the results of King’s autopsy, it will surprise few when it is revealed – as it surely will be – that he was intoxicated on one or more substances when he drowned in his backyard pool. As is the case with most people, he lived and apparently died with the consequences of his own decisions.
I erred as to the county where King died, but I was otherwise correct. The Los Angeles Times reports: "The San Bernardino County coroner’s office said King died as a result of an accidental drowning after he fell into his pool. Toxicology tests found alcohol, marijuana, PCP and cocaine in his system when he died."
I take no joy or even satisfaction in seeing my prediction born out. I merely point out the circumstances of King's death as a reminder that he chose his path, one that led to an end that was foreseeable to nearly everyone, perhaps even to King himself.
When California Highway Patrol officers attempted to stop King for speeding that night in 1991, he made the choice to step on the gas rather than the brake. That decision was for years the most consequential of his life. In the end, it was the second-most.