Rodney King Dead

17 Jun

Rodney King, the man whose beating by Los Angeles Policemen spawned a series of events culminating in days of rioting in Los Angeles is dead at the age of 47 – apparently the victim of drowning.


Rodney King — the man who was at the center of the infamous Los Angeles riots — was found dead this morning in Rialito, CA. He was 47.

According to our sources, King’s fiancée found him dead at the bottom of a pool.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ they responded to a call at 5:25 AM PT. We’re told they physically removed King from the pool and attempted CPR.

Our sources say he was pronounced dead at 6:11 AM.

Law enforcement sources say Rialto PD will open a drowning investigation.

King became famous in 1991 when he was the victim of police brutality at the hands of the LAPD. The officers involved in the incident were acquitted the following year and the announcement of the verdict led to the Los Angeles riots.


Posted by on June 17, 2012 in Giant Negros


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4 responses to “Rodney King Dead

  1. brotherbrown

    June 17, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    Too bad this man will be forever remembered as the one who ushered in the “caught on video era” and linked to the LA Uprising (not riot). He was just a brother riding down a highway late one night, and came to symbolize unfettered police abuse.


    • btx3

      June 17, 2012 at 5:57 PM

      The roots of the LA Riots go way back before Rodney. He was just the trigger for the beatings and murders committed by the LAPD over a 50+ year period going back before the Zoot Suit Riots, and the dock worker strike by black longshoremen to protest unsafe handling of ammunition after the Port Chicago explosion. And even before that in trying to suppress the Longshoreman Unions which had integrated in 1918.

      “Insurrection” indeed is probably the best description of what happened.


  2. mumlawyerlettered2themax

    June 17, 2012 at 11:52 PM

    It is really sad that this man who was thrust into the lime light never quite made it back into a place of peace. He is dead but I hope his legacy lives on. Yes, he is mot Whitney Houston or some pop star but his life and how he was treated clarified in the minds of all right thinking folks that the police in that state were a bunch of shameless vagabonds.

    RIP Rodney. At least now, you will no longer have nightmares and fears. RIP.


    • btx3

      June 18, 2012 at 8:52 AM

      Rodney King was a tragic figure. He had numerous faults, and would have been very happy to remain anonymous.



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