Rodney King, whose beating by police on March 3 1991 – and subsequent 1992 acquittal of the four LA police officers who inflicted the humiliation, sparking one of the worst urban riots in US history – has been laid to rest in Los Angeles, two weeks after his death aged 47.
Black rights campaigner Reverend Al Sharpton called King a “symbol of forgiveness” ahead of his funeral on Sunday at the Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills cemetery, north of the city.
“People should not be judged by the mistakes that they make, but by how they rise above them,” Reverend Sharpton said. ”Rodney had risen above his mistakes, he never mocked anyone, not the police, not the justice system, not anyone.”
King was found “unresponsive” at the bottom of his swimming pool in Rialto, east of Los Angeles in the early hours of June 17, by his fiancee Cynthia Kelley. A preliminary investigation showed no signs of foul play, while a full autopsy and toxicology reports are still pending.
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