Rodney King gone at 47

Black History, Editorials

Rodney King, 1991 victim of a brutal police beating, was found dead at the bottom of his pool.

Can’t we all just get along!

That was the question Rodney King asked 21 years ago, after he was beat to what felt to him like death by police in 1991.  It is a a question many people still ask today.

Sadly, King will no longer question unfair treatment.  He was found dead Sunday, June 17 at the bottom of his backyard swimming pool.  He was 47.

Although Kings fame was unwarranted, he will go down in the history books as the symbol for police brutality, and his case will be cited in courtrooms for generations to come.

Though he spent his life battling addiction, the work King did to promote himself was admirable. He wasn’t the first victim, but his courage to pursue justice showed people that they don’t have to be treated unfairly.

RIP Rodney King.  You will forever be a Civil Rights Legend.

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