Chicago (AP) - The Rev. Jesse Jackson says Rodney King's life exposed the nation to racial profiling and police brutality.
King was the black motorist whose 1991 videotaped beating by police sparked race riots in Los Angeles. King was pronounced dead Sunday.
The Chicago civil rights leader says he'd known King for years. Jackson calls King more of a victim than a hero.
Jackson says the white photographer, George Holliday, who filmed the beating of King was the hero.
The civil rights leader says the specter of racial profiling hasn't diminished in the years since King's beating. Jackson says the residue of racial profiling is visible in high African American incarceration rates and home foreclosures.
Jackson says that King's death reminds the nation where it is and how far it needs to go.
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6/17/2012 3:23:16 PM (GMT -5:00)