SANFORD, Fla. (CBS Tampa/AP) — Rodney King is hoping Trayvon Martin’s family gets justice for his death.

King told TMZ that the justice system is a “slow process” but thinks everything will be worked out.

“I’m hoping that he gets justice for his family because he’s no longer here,” King told TMZ. “I’m hoping everything turns out OK.”

King compared his beating at the hands of four Los Angeles police officers in 1992 to the fatal shooting of the 17-year-old.

“Luckily I got (my attack) seen on tape,” he told TMZ.

King said that America needs to hold back its anger during the case.

“We just got to wait to see how thing turn out and hold on to our tempers and keep our country together like we’re supposed to be,” he told CNN.

George Zimmerman, 28, fatally shot Martin, 17, on Feb. 26 inside the gated community where Zimmerman lived during an altercation. Martin was unarmed and was walking back to the home of his father’s fiancée when Zimmerman saw him, called 911 and began following him. A fight broke out — investigators say it is unknown who started it.

Zimmerman has claimed he was acting in self-defense.

He was charged with second-degree murder 44 days after Martin’s death. He was released on $150,000 bail on April 23. He has since gone into hiding.

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