Rodney King, whose videotaped beating in 1991 by Los Angeles police officers led to riots and a shift in the national conversation on race, was found dead in his swimming pool on Sunday. There was no obvious sign of foul play, police said, but an autopsy will be performed. King, who was black, was brutally beaten by four allegedly epithet-yelling white L.A. police officers after a high-speed car chase, and the violence errupted after an all-white jury acquitted three of the officers and deadlocked on the fourth, despite the widely viewed videotape. King was 47.
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