Obit Rodney King

  FILE - This April 30, 1992 file photo shows smoke rising as fires like this one near Vermont Street burn out of control in Los Angeles. Rodney King, the black motorist whose 1991 videotaped beating by Los Angeles police officers was the touchstone for one of the most destructive race riots in the nation's history, has died, his publicist said Sunday, June 17, 2012. He was 47. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, file)
FILE - This April 30, 1992 file photo shows smoke rising as fires like this one near Vermont Street burn out of control in Los Angeles. Rodney King, the black motorist whose 1991 videotaped beating by Los Angeles police officers was the touchstone for one of the most destructive race riots in the nation's history, has died, his publicist said Sunday, June 17, 2012. He was 47. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, file)

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