Rodney King death ruled accidental

Associated Press
FILE - Smoke covers Los Angeles in this Thursday, April 30, 1992 file photo as fires like this one on Vermont Avenue burn out of control. The worst riots in modern U.S. history began when outnumbered police were faced down by a crowd angered by the acquittals of four white police officers accused in the videotaped beating of black motorist Rodney King. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

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Rodney King, whose 1991 videotaped beating made him a symbol of police brutality and racial tension in Los Angeles, was in a drug- and alcohol-induced "delirium" when he accidentally drowned in his pool, coroners ruled on Thursday, August 23.

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