Rodney King Remembered as 'Symbol of Forgiveness'
Rodney King, who suffered a brutal beating in 1991 at the hands of four Los Angeles police officers, was laid to rest Saturday following a public memorial. His burial which captured by news cameras, took place at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Hollywood Hills, Calif.
King was found dead in the swimming pool at his home in Rialto,Calif., on June 17. The death has been ruled as an accidental drowning and authorities are still waiting on the results of an autopsy report.
"I will remember his smile, his unconditional love," King's daughter Laura Dene King, 28, said. "He was a great father, a great friend; he loved everyone. People will just have to smile when they think of him."
The Rev. Al Sharpton, who delivered the eulogy, described King as a symbol of forgiveness, who bore the scars of his infamous beating with dignity.
He also said during a news conference prior to the funeral that King never showed bitterness to the officers who beat him.
"People should not be judged by the mistakes that they make, but by how they rise above them," Sharpton said. "Rodney had risen above his mistakes, he never mocked anyone, not the police, not the justice system, not anyone."
King, who was 47, was also most famously known for his plea, "Can we all just get along?" He filed a lawsuit against the city of Los Angeles in 1992, which later netted him a settlement in excess of $3 million.