Rodney King, whose beating by police officers in 1991 was captured on videotape, exacerbating racial tensions in Los Angeles, has been found dead. He was 47.
RIALTO, Calif. - Rodney King, whose beating by police officers in 1991 was captured on videotape, exacerbating racial tensions in Los Angeles, has been found dead. He was 47.
Rialto Police Capt. Randy De Anda told the media that about 5:25 a.m. on Sunday, the police department received a 911 call from King's fiancee who reported that he was found in the bottom of his swimming pool.
"Rialto police officers responded to the location and removed him from inside of the pool and began CPR," De Anda said. "The Rialto Fire Department paramedics responded and transported Mr. King to the Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead at 6:11 a.m.
"It appears there was some verbal contact with the fiancee at which time she went outside and she found him at the bottom of the pool," De Anda said, adding that Rialto police are conducting a drowning investigation.
Preliminary information showed no signs of foul play, he said.
King became known worldwide in 1991 when a videotape recording of his beating and arrest by LAPD officers was made public. The officers involved in that incident were acquitted the following year.
The announcement of the verdict led to the 1992 Los Angeles riots which left more than 50 people dead.
(AP file photo)