On this, the day of the Silent March, Rodney King, whose beating by Los Angeles police in 1991 was caught on camera and sparked riots after the acquittal of the four officers involved, was found dead in his swimming pool Sunday, authorities and his fiancee confirmed. He was 47.
King was recently on TV talking about his new book and the Trevon Martin case. There is an investigation underway to see if foul play is involved.
If you remember the Rodney King case, King said as the officers beat him, they yelled, “We are going to kill you, nigger,” although the officers denied using racial slurs. The video showed King cowering on the ground and attempting to crawl away as he is surrounded by a crowd of police officers. Four of them used their nightsticks to strike him.
Those officers were acquitted, setting off the LA Riots. A federal court later ruled that King’s civil rights were violated.
We mourn the death of Rodney King today.