Questions Remain After Rodney King’s Drowning Death

By Carter Maness

After being found dead at the bottom of his pool Sunday (June 17) morning, questions still remain about the death of Rodney King. While according to King’s fiancée, Cynthia Kelley, the death was the result of an accidental drowning, enough open questions remain that police have opened an investigation.

“[Kelley] was inside the residence, had been sleeping and Mr. King had been carrying conversations with her from the rear patio poolside,” said police captain Randy De Anda of the Rialto Police Department. “She had heard him speaking to her. She got up to go outside to talk with him, at which time she found him at the bottom of the pool.”

A preliminary investigation into the death of King, who became a reluctant icon as the result of a beating and watershed police brutality case with the LAPD in 1991, showed no signs of foul play, but that didn’t stop many from saying something wasn’t sitting quite right. TMZ quotes anonymous friends of King’s that weren’t convinced by Kelley’s story and subsequently approached the police with doubts. A neighbor, Sandra Gardea, told the L.A. Times that she heard someone crying in King’s backyard between 3-3:30 a.m. on Sunday morning – at least two hours before Kelley placed a 911 call to police.

While an autopsy has yet to be performed, police stressed that there was still no evidence of a cover-up or violent crime.