As a civil right activist, Rev. Al Sharpton is surely feeling the loss of Rodney King today.
The man who was at the center of the infamous Los Angeles riots was found dead this morning in the pool ofhis California home.
Deeply touched by Rodney's legacy, Sharpton has taken a moment to release some words of regards and recognition.
In his statement he says:
"Rodney King was a symbol of civil rights and he represented the anti-police brutality and anti-racial profiling movement of our time. It was his beating that made America focus on the presence of profiling and police misconduct. I recently spent time with him on the release of his new book just a couple of months ago and he did my radio and TV show. Through all that he had gone through with his beating and his personal demons he was never one to not call for reconciliation and for people to overcome and forgive. History will record that it was Rodney King's beating and his actions that made America deal with the excessive misconduct of law enforcement."
- Reverend Al Sharpton, President of National Action Network
Beautiful, strong inspiring words on such a sad day. Our condolences are with Rodney King's family.