Chilling

King 911 Call Released

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This April 13, 2012 file photo shows Rodney King posing for a portrait in Los Angeles. King, the black motorist whose 1991 videotaped beating by Los Angeles police officers was the touchstone for one of the most destructive race riots in the nation's history, has died, his publicist said Sunday, June 17, 2012. He was 47.

Police released the 911 call made by Cynthia Kelly on Sunday morning reporting her fiancé, Rodney King, had fallen into a pool. At one point on the tape, Kelley tells the 911 operator, “He’s Rodney King. The guy that got beat by the police.” When the operator asked if Kelley could go in the pool to move King’s body, she replies that she can’t swim, adding that she tried, but failed to retrieve King with objects around the pool—including a shovel. Later, she told police that King was banging on the window around 5 a.m., before she heard him fall into the pool. She also said that King had been drinking and smoking marijuana before he died.