Los Angeles (CBS/WAOK) Rodney King, whose beating by police officers in 1991 was captured on videotape, exacerbating racial tensions in Los Angeles, has been found dead. Capt. Randy De Anda confirmed King’s death with Los Angeles CBS Radio Station KNX. He was 47.
CNN is reporting King was apparently found dead in his backyard swimming pool by his fiancee this morning around 5:30 am Pacific time, with no signs of foul play.
King became known worldwide 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.
The violent reaction prompted King’s famous response: “Can we all get along?”
King was awarded over $3 million by the city of Los Angeles. Stay here for further updates.