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Rodney King, key figure in LA riots, dies at 47

Published 06/17/2012, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Rodney King, the black motorist whose 1991 videotaped beating by Los Angeles police officers was the touchstone for one of the most destructive race riots in the nation's history, was declared dead early today after being pulled from the bottom of his swimming pool. He was 47.

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