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LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 30: Rodney King (Credit: Getty/Kevork Djansezian)

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 30: Rodney King autographs copies of his new book, "The Riot Within: My Journey From Rebellion to Redemption," at EsoWon booksstore on April 30, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. King is best known as the victim of a brutal police beating that took place in Los Angeles. It?s been 20 years since the Rodney King verdict that sparked infamous L.A. Riots. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Rodney King through the years

Rodney King, the motorist whose beating on a darkened LA street led to one of the worst race riots in American history, has died. He was

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 30: Rodney King
(Credit: Getty/Kevork Djansezian)

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 30: Rodney King autographs copies of his new book, "The Riot Within: My Journey From Rebellion to Redemption," at EsoWon booksstore on April 30, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. King is best known as the victim of a brutal police beating that took place in Los Angeles. It?s been 20 years since the Rodney King verdict that sparked infamous L.A. Riots. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 30: Rodney King
(Credit: Getty/Kevork Djansezian)

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 30: Rodney King autographs copies of his new book, "The Riot Within: My Journey From Rebellion to Redemption," at EsoWon booksstore on April 30, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. King is best known as the victim of a brutal police beating that took place in Los Angeles. It?s been 20 years since the Rodney King verdict that sparked infamous L.A. Riots. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Rodney King gestures prior to the presentation of
(Credit: Getty/JOE KLAMAR)

Rodney King gestures prior to the presentation of his autobiographical book 'The Riot Within...My Journey from Rebellion to Redemption' at the Eso Won Book Store in Los Angeles, California, on April 30, 2012. The 1992 police beating of Rodney King sparked the LA riots that left more than 50 people dead. AFP PHOTO /JOE KLAMAR (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/GettyImages)

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Rodney King speaks with fans before presenting his
(Credit: Getty/JOE KLAMAR)

Rodney King speaks with fans before presenting his autobiographical book 'The Riot Within...My Journey from Rebellion to Redemption' at the Eso Won Book Store in Los Angeles, California, on April 30, 2012. The 1992 police beating of Rodney King sparked the LA riots that left more than 50 people dead. AFP PHOTO /JOE KLAMAR (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/GettyImages)

Rodney King, the Los Angeles motorist whose beating
(Credit: Getty/ROBERT SULLIVAN)

Rodney King, the Los Angeles motorist whose beating by police was captured on videotape, smiles, 01 May 1992 in Beverly Hills, during a press conference, where he called for the end of violence in the city. The 1992 Los Angeles riots, with looting and arson events, erupted 29 April 1992 when a mostly white jury acquitted the four police officers accused in the videotaped beating of black motorist Rodney King, after he fled from police. 52 people were killed during the riots and Rodney King became a reluctant symbol of police brutality. (Photo credit should read ROBERT SULLIVAN/AFP/GettyImages)

Rodney King makes a statement at a Los
(Credit: AP Photo/David Longstreath)

Rodney King makes a statement at a Los Angeles press conference, May 1, 1992, pleading for the end to the rioting and looting that has plagued the city following the verdicts in the trial against four Los Angeles Police officers accused of beating him. It was King's first public appearance since last year. (AP Photo/David Longstreath)

Rodney King attends LA Times Festival of Books,
(Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS/Katy Winn)

Rodney King attends LA Times Festival of Books, Sun, April. 22, 2012, at the USC Campus in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books began in 1996, attracting more than 140,000 book enthusiasts each year.(AP Photo/Katy Winn)

Rodney King attends LA Times Festival of Books,
(Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS/Katy Winn)

Rodney King attends LA Times Festival of Books, Saturday, April. 21, 2012, at the USC Campus in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books began in 1996, attracting more than 140,000 book enthusiasts each year.(AP Photo/Katy Winn)

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Rodney King attends LA Times Festival of Books,
(Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS/Katy Winn)

Rodney King attends LA Times Festival of Books, Saturday, April. 21, 2012, at the USC Campus in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books began in 1996, attracting more than 140,000 book enthusiasts each year.(AP Photo/Katy Winn)

Rodney King poses for a portrait on April
(Credit: AP / Matt Sayles)

Rodney King poses for a portrait on April 13, 2012. King, who reluctantly became a symbol of police brutality, died on June 17, 2012.

Rodney King stretches prior to a boxing match
(Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS/Jessica Hill)

Rodney King stretches prior to a boxing match against former basketball player, Derek MacIntosh, in Springfield, Mass., Friday, Nov. 6, 2009. King is among a group of D-list celebrities appearing around the country as part of the Celebrity Boxing Federation. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

FILE - This March 31, 1991 frame from
(Credit: AP Photo/George Holliday)

FILE - This March 31, 1991 frame from a video tape shot by George Holliday from his apartment in a suburb of Los Angeles shows what appears to be a group of police officers beating a man with nightsticks and kicking him as other officers look on. The April 29, 1992 acquittal of four police officers in the beating sparked rioting that spread across the city and into neighboring suburbs. Cars were demolished and homes and businesses were burned. Before order was restored, 55 people were dead, 2,300 injured and more than 1,500 buildings were damaged or destroyed.(AP Photo/George Holliday/Courtesy of KTLA Los Angeles)

On April 13, 2012, Rodney King poses for
(Credit: AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

On April 13, 2012, Rodney King poses for a portrait in Los Angeles. The acquittal of four police officers in the videotaped beating of King sparked rioting that spread across the city and into neighboring suburbs. Cars were demolished and homes and businesses were burned. Before order was restored, 55 people were dead, 2,300 injured and more than 1,500 buildings were damaged or destroyed.(AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

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FILE - This file photo of Rodney King
(Credit: AP Photo/Anonymous)

FILE - This file photo of Rodney King was taken three days after his videotaped beating in Los Angeles on March 6, 1991. The photo is one of three introduced into evidence by the prosecution in the trial of four LAPD officers in a Simi Valley, California Courtroom, March 24, 1992. The acquittal of four police officers in the videotaped beating of King sparked rioting that spread across the city and into neighboring suburbs. Cars were demolished and homes and businesses were burned. Before order was restored, 55 people were dead, 2,300 injured and more than 1,500 buildings were damaged or destroyed. (AP Photo/Pool,File)

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