Rodney King Has Died

The victim of an infamous act of police brutality that sparked the LA riots was found dead today at age 47, TMZ reports. According to sources, King’s fiancée found him dead at the bottom of a pool this morning.

Warning: brutal violence. In this violent video that made King famous, he was beaten by four white police officers after exceeding the speed limit and attempting to flee. King was 25 years old.

A picture of King following the beating. He was nearly beaten to death, and was operated on for five hours in the hospital following the incident.

Rodney King pleads with the community after the violence continued with the riots in LA. “Can we all just get along?”


Rodney King on May 1, 1992, during a press conference calling for the end of violence during the riots.

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King at a booksigning in April of 2012.

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