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LA riots victim Rodney King dies

LA riots victim Rodney King dies
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Rodney King, the man whose treatment by the police sparked the LA riots, has been found dead.

The 47-year-old was pulled from a swimming pool in Rialto, about 80 kilometres east of Los Angeles, but efforts to resuscitate him failed.

Four white police officers accused of beating King in 1991 were acquitted by a jury. Video emerged of King’s treatment, which included racial abuse, and resulted in him needing life-saving surgery.

After the court case, racially-charged riots erupted in LA, during which more than 50 people died. The cost of the destruction caused was over one billion dollars.

Two officers were later found guilty of civil rights violations and sent to prison.

King was awarded more than three million euros (3.8 million dollars) in damages.