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Los Angeles : CA : USA | Jun 17, 2012 at 2:02 PM PDT
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Rodney King Found Dead In His Own Swimming Pool

Rodney King, whose beating by police in 1991 led to riots in Los Angeles was found dead on Sunday morning found in swimming pool, Reuters reports,

King’s fiancée had found King at the bottom of his swimming pool then she called 911 about 5:25 a.m after that Police arrived on the scene pulled his body from the swimming pool and tried to revive the King, but they failed. According to preliminary data, King 47-year-old indicated King drowned and there were no signs of the death suspicious "Preliminary indications are that this is a drowning with no signs of foul play," Rialto police said in a statement.

King's became known around the world when he was beating by four white police officers following a high-speed car chase in March 1991 was caught on videotape by an amateur cameraman, who gave a copy to a local TV station to show police brutality and race relations.

A year later, when police officers acquitted on charges of abusing detainees, riots broke out in Los Angeles lasted six days , resulting 53 people were killed and the city suffered damage amounting to about $ 1 billion.

The four officers ,Stacey Koon, Theodore Briseno, Timothy Wind and Laurence Powell were indicted in the summer of 1992 while Koon and Powell were later convicted on federal charges of violating King's civil rights and were sentenced to prison.

A jury ordered the city of Los Angeles to pay King, $3.8 million in damages. King who has three children, bought a modest home, in a working-class suburb of Los Angeles and He had engaged to marry Cynthia Kelly, one of the jurors in the case.

King wrote a book title "The Riot Within: My Journey From Rebellion to Redemption." In an interview with The Los Angeles Times this year, "I would change a few things, but not that much," he said. "Yes, I would go through that night, yes I would. I said once that I wouldn't, but that's not true. It changed things. It made the world a better place."

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Rodney King talks during a discussion for his memoir at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on the campus of the University of Southern California
Rodney King talks during a discussion for his memoir at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on the campus of the University of Southern California
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