Rodney King, who beacame famous in 1992 after being arrested and beaten by Los Angeles police officers, was found dead at his home after apparently drowning. He was 47 years old. King published a book this year: “The Riot Within: My Journey From Rebellion to Redemption.”

King’s early death is a tragic story. Politicians love to insert themselves into the lives of other people – often without justification. Will the story of Rodney King in 2012 end with the telling of his life or with the comments about to be made about people who never knew him?