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Tributes: Rodney King

Monday, June 18, 2012

Rodney King and Cynthia Kelley in the WNYC studios (Melissa Eagan)

Rodney King became famous when he was videotaped in 1991 being beaten by the Los Angeles police – and that incident spawned a week of race riots when the officers were acquitted.  He was joined by his fiancée, Cynthia Kelley, when he spoke with Leonard on April 25th, for his memoir, The Riot Within, about the twenty years since that difficult time.  He said during the interview how swimming and fishing helped him deal with some of the emotional scars.  He was found dead on June 16 in his home swimming pool.

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