Foul Play in Rodney King’s Death?
Rodney King, the face of the early L.A. Riots, was pronounced dead Sunday morning after an alleged drowning in his California pool. He was 47. Police are reporting no foul play in King's death, but then again, this is the same state who found the four police offers who almost beat him to death in 1991 not guilty, so maybe they are just glad to see the job finished.
There are several facts about the way King died that just don't add up.
King's fiancée is telling friends that he had been drinking all day Saturday and had smoked weed before she went to bed around 2 a.m. The woman says she next saw King at around 5 a.m. when she was awoken by him screaming in the backyard, and then she heard a big splash. According to ABC, she found him at the bottom of the pool, and that is when she called the police.
At the same time however, that story has changed multiple times depending on who she is talking to and when she is talking to someone. Police reported no obvious signs of foul play or trauma, but I still find it hard to believe his death was a result of a drowning.
Rodney King was a symbol of civil rights and he represented the anti-police brutality and anti-racial profiling movement of our time."
It has been 20 years since King pleaded for blacks and whites to "get along," but recent cases like the killing of black Florida teen Trayvon Martin prove that the lessons of King's brutal beating at the hands of Los Angeles police have yet to be learned, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and other civil rights leaders said.
King emerged as a sort of reluctant, "countercultural hero" after he suffered the beating and a bystander's video camera captured the violence, Jackson told ABCNews.com.
Rev Al Sharpton adds: "It was his beating that made America focus on the presence of profiling and police misconduct.”
After two decades of facing racial discrimination and battling alcohol addiction, who'd think this is the way King would pass? Overall, his death is still under investigation, and it could take weeks before autopsy reports are released and we know if his fiancée is telling the truth.
On the bright side, King had found peace before he died. In his last interviews, he talks forgivness for the LAPD officers that forever changed his life. He was even quoted as saying:
"Yes, I've forgiven them, because I've been forgiven many times. My country's been good to me ... This country is my house, it's the only home I know, so I have to be able to forgive -- for the future, for the younger generation coming behind me, so ... they can understand it and if a situation like that happened again, they could deal with it a lot easier.”