Rodney King apparently drowned in his swimming pool. He was the victim of a police brutality incident that was seen on a videotape by virtually everyone in the United States. He had been a petty crook, and continued to be troubled by alcohol all his days. The riots that arose in Los Angeles in his name were a gross and criminal reaction that resulted in over 50 people killed, thousands injured. A white truck driver Reginald Denny was pulled from his truck in a black neighborhood and beaten almost to death which was also captured on video. Denny still has never really recovered. It was not the best of times.
King’s simple reaction “Can’t we all get along?” reminded me more of a prayer than a soundbite, and may have been the highpoint of his life, which had too many lows, most of which he himself was responsible for. In the end, he died at age 47, with a legacy based more on what happened to him than anything he did. I am sorry for him.