Timothy Wind has no job, no money, no friends. His ulcers remind him daily of his one overwhelming regret: ever stepping foot in Los Angeles. “I’m kind of tired of being me, I guess,” Wind told the Los Angeles Times from his home in an Indianapolis suburb. He starts his days reading the classifieds, hoping one day he’ll meet an employer who won’t ask why he left California, why he was fired from the Los Angeles Police Department.
In the last 13 years, Wind has failed to move past his role in the videotaped beating of motorist Rodney G. King. In March 1991, Wind, then just 10 months out of the Police Academy, was one of four Los Angeles police officers who hit or kicked King at the end of a car chase. The subsequent acquittal of Wind and the other officers in the case touched off the 1992 Los Angeles riots. Ten years after the LAPD fired him for his participation in the beating, Wind lives a lonely, sullen life caught up in the past. He moved his family to Indiana four years ago. He insists he did nothing wrong in beating King, and he is adamant in seeking work only in law enforcement, where he is a pariah.