Rodney King: Sad life, tragic end
The Kansas City Star
Rodney King lived a sad life that came to a tragic end.
King, who became famous after his 1991 Los Angeles police beating that was videotaped, died June 17. A coroner’s report released Thursday showed that he had alcohol, PCP, cocaine and marijuana in his system.
King’s body was found in his swimming pool. The 47-year-old made headlines 21 years ago in a car chase that ended with police beating him. But the incident was captured on videotape, horrifying audiences worldwide.
That led to a trial of the officers involved, however, they were acquitted. The officers were white; King was black.
Rioting followed over the injustice. King famously said on national TV, “Can we all get along.”
Federal charges against some of the officers later led to convictions. A civil jury also awarded King $3.8 million in damages.