Rodney King en Rodney King Found Dead Rodney King — whose 1991 beating by police officers was filmed and lead to riots in Los Angeles — was found at the bottom of his swimming pool early Sunday. He was 47. Rachel Martin speaks with NPR's Karen Grigsby Bates about the beating and how its aftermath changed race relations in America forever. Sun, 17 Jun 2012 16:42:00 +0000 29021 at Rodney King Dies At 47 Rodney King was found dead in the swimming pool at his home in Rialto, Calif., on Sunday, police said. He was 47.<p>King's beating by police in 1991 was <a href="">caught on videotape</a> and then sparked riots in Los Angeles when police accused of excessive force were acquitted.<p>Capt. Randy DeAnda told CNN that the Rialto Police Department received a 911 call from King's fiance early Sunday morning. Police responded and found King unconscious at the bottom of the pool. Sun, 17 Jun 2012 15:27:00 +0000 29019 at Rodney King Dies At 47 Rodney King Comes To Grips With 'The Riot Within' With a helicopter buzzing overhead, the videotape of Rodney King's encounter with police is so famous, you could say he was beaten into American history: The image of him writhing in pain as several Los Angeles police officers repeatedly beat, kicked and tasered him is, by now, world-famous — and synonymous with abuse of power.<p>When four of the officers were charged with use of excessive force, many who'd seen the video assumed they would be convicted. But a year later, a mostly white jury in the far northwest L.A. Mon, 23 Apr 2012 07:23:00 +0000 Karen Grigsby Bates 26062 at Rodney King Comes To Grips With 'The Riot Within'