Rodney King became a household name in the early 1990s for some of the worst possible reasons - he was badly beaten by racist police officers in Los Angeles.
Rioting broke out in L.A. when the jury returned a verdict of "not guilty" for the police officers involved.
Similarly, violence broke out in Tottenham, North London when the police assaulted a 16-year-old girl during a peaceful protest.
King has now stressed that people should not loot and burn their own neighbourhoods - this is not a solution. He says: "Being a looter is a crime, but who are you hating? Your local store? My message to all rioters is to stop.”
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See also: UK Riots - Ending the Violence.
Click here to read more about King's statement.