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Rev. Al Sharpton calls Rodney King a 'symbol of civil rights'

Rodney King, who became an international figure overnight after his beating by police spark the 1992 Los Angeles riots, was a "symbol of civil rights," the Rev. Al Sharpton said Sunday after news broke of King's death.
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