Rodney King, the man whose brutal beating by
police sparked the LA riots, was today found dead at the bottom of his swimming
The 47-year-old was discovered by his fiancée
Cynthia Kelley in Rialto, California at 5am this morning. She allegedly told
friends he had been drinking all day and had also smoked marijuana.
In 1991, a video emerged of him being brutally
beaten by four white police officers in Los Angeles sparking a debate about
racially-motivated police brutality.
Rodney Glen King was 25 years old when he
became the symbol of race issues in America.
On March 2, 1991, King and two passengers were
driving home after having spent the evening at a friend's house drinking and
At 12.30am, two police officers spotted King
speeding in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles. According to King, he
refused to pull over as he was on parole for a previous robbery conviction and a
DUI charge would have violated this.
He was pursued through residential areas by
several police cars and a helicopter before being cornered.
After stopping his two passengers Bryant Allen
and Freddie Helms were arrested without incident.
King was reportedly two times over the
drink-drive limit at this point.
The first officers to arrive at the scene were
Stacey Koon, Laurence Powell, Timothy Wind, Theodore Briseno and Rolando
King stayed in the car and when he did emerge,
acted strangely. One officer ordered him to the ground at gunpoint.