Rodney King Dead: Famed Brutality Victim Was 47

    June 17, 2012
    Amanda Crum
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Rodney King, the man who was famously beaten by L.A. police officers after being pulled over in 1991, was found dead this morning.

Early reports say that King’s fiancee found him at the bottom of a pool, and paramedics were unable to revive him. Of course, it’s too early to say whether or not this was an accidental death; WebProNews will report updates as they come.

*UPDATE–August 23, 2012*

Authorities have concluded that King’s death was an accidental drowning, possibly caused by a cardiac event after he mixed alcohol, cocaine, and marijuana.

“Mr. King was in a state of drug- and alcohol-induced delirium at the time of the terminal event and either fell or jumped into the swimming pool,” Rialto Police Captain Randy DeAnda said. “Obviously, the effects of the drugs and alcohol combined precipitated some kind of cardiac arrhythmia, thus incapacitated Mr. King, and he was unable to save himself.”

King found himself at the center of a nation-wide scandal after he was beaten by members of the L.A.P.D. following a high-speed pursuit. The arresting officers originally testified that King was under the influence of PCP when they stopped him, which caused him to have violent behavior. However, a drug test later found that King’s system was free of drugs. The incident was captured on camera, showing the officers beating and using a taser on King, who was on the ground. Those officers were later acquitted, which led to the infamous L.A. riots.

Thousands of people rioted over a period of about a week after that verdict came back, leading to multiple reports of civil unrest that spawned looting, murder, and arson. Ultimately, as many as 53 people died as a result.

  • Hottie4truth

    IMO The police that drowned him will probly pay off the coronor and autopsy people. They r so dumb killing him right after he spoke out on Trayvans killing. I dont think it would have caused riots as many whites blacks and other nationalities have come together peacefully on this issue and petitioned which is the right way to do things! If they killed him thinking it would prevent a riot then they r stupid cuz beating him didnt work out very well for them.. I dated a cop and he used to get high on the evidence he didnt report lol. Whos gonna say no I had more pot than that! Met him when he pulled me over- flirting works sometimes.. Dumped him cuz he wouldnt stop using and steroids- they should drug test police officers LOL Not all are bad but the corruption needs to stop!!

  • Anita Page

    Suspicious!!! Your lead sentence …police that drowned him will probably pay off the coroner and autopsy people’SPEAK VOLUMES!! Can we interview the fiancee and get THE detailS of this story?