KPCC Asks: What did Rodney King mean to you?

Rodney King inspired divergent opinions like no other Southern Californian. He was found dead at his Rialto home Sunday, June 17, 2012. When you reflect on his life and its impact on our community, what person do you see?

Some view him as a civil rights symbol whose on-camera beating at the hands of Los Angeles police officers triggered outrage, violence and overdue changes in police policies and the justice system. Others see a troubled soul or worse, an ordinary troublemaker.

What did Rodney King mean to you?

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