Rodney King Death Leads to
Rodney King’s death on Sunday lead to mixed feelings of angst and grief following the drama his life had created.
The LA Times reported that Police had confiscated marijuana plants and evidence of cultivation from his home as officials tried to work out what had occurred to King, who was found dead in his swimming pool. There were evidently no outward signs of any drug or alcohol use, according to the Times.
King’s 1991 videotaped beating by the Los Angeles police soon obsessed America and became a symbol of the nation’s continuing racial issues. It also lead to massive and deadly race riots after the officers were acquitted.
The co-author of King’s autobiography, Lawrence Spagnola said he did not know anyone who was “so twisted up and so wanted to get straightened out”.
“It’s tragic,’’ he added. “I just think Rodney was poised for some happiness and fulfillment in his life that had not been there before.’’
Dee Schnepf, 58, said it was not uncommon for King to take a swim at night or early in the morning and that “he liked to swim in the dark.”
King explained in his book in several interviews that he had not been able to find steady work and outlined his unsettled life following his notoriety.
He said he had once blamed politicians and lawyers “for taking a battered and confused addict and trying to make him into a symbol for civil rights.” But he was unable to escape that role. On Sunday, the Rev. Al Sharpton, said in a statement, “History will record that it was Rodney King’s beating and his actions that made America deal with the excessive misconduct of law enforcement.”
But Rodney King also appeared to enjoy his role, telling people that his beating enabled others to succeed and “made the world a better place.”