Rodney King Found Dead in Pool

Rodney King, the African-American man whose videotaped beating by white police officers led to the the 1992 Los Angeles riots, has died at 47.

The violence directed at King, a motorist who had been pursued by Los Angeles police, caused national outrage, and led to changes in law enforcement training and tactics.

King’s fiancee called police in Rialto, where the couple lived, at 5:25 a.m. Sunday, reporting that she had found him at the bottom of a swimming pool at their home, Rialto police Lt. Dean Hardin told NBC4.

When police arrived at King’s house, they pulled him from the swimming pool and tried unsuccessfully to revive him, Hardin said. Firefighters arrived soon after and also tried to revive him, he said.

King was transported to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 6:11 a.m. Sunday.

At this point, Hardin said, there is no evidence that foul play was involved, and police are investigating his death as a drowning.

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