Monday, June 18, 2012

RIL: Rodney King

Yesterday morning at 6am Rodney King was pronounced dead at a hospital in LA. King was found at the bottom of his home swimming pool by his fiance early Sunday morning, he was 47.

King became a household name when after a high speed chase at the age of 25, his brutal beating by police was captured on video. The images from his beating stirred the spirits of people all around America and especially in LA, where intense rioting occurred in response to it.

People were fed up with police brutality and the video of King's beating was the straw that broke the Camel's back.

Since the beating King has suffered through many emotional and physical set backs in attempt to get his life back on track. Just a few months ago he was in the news for something positive- he'd written his autobiography. It was refreshing to see him in the limelight for a good reason for once.

This is partially why news of his death is so saddening for me. He seemed to just be getting things together at the age of 47. My heart goes out to his family.

The autopsy is set for today, from the earliest investigations, no foul play is expected.

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