Getting the Rodney King cause of death information from the police is going to be like pulling teeth, evidenced by the recent comments made by two law enforcement spokespersons.
If Rodney King had water in his lungs, like he would if he drowned, the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department could say the cause of death was drowning, but for some reason the investigators don't feel confident making that ruling now.
Agency spokeswoman Jodi Miller said they want to know exactly what was in his system, chemically, before they talk.
If Rodney King drowned due to alcohol or marijuana use, or some other chemical he ingested, and there was no foul play, then it will be an accidental death ruling, with mitigating circumstances.
If he drowned while not under the influence and no foul play was involved, it will still result in an accidental drowning cause of death ruling.
That's why it is odd that the San Bernardino Sheriff's Dept. is refusing to give any indication why they refuse to admit if water was found in his lungs or not.
They can always come back later and mention any drugs found, if any, like happened in the Whitney Houston case. So why the secrecy now?
The Rialto Police Department spokesman Officer David Shephard said that "Even though we're investigating this as an accidental drowning, we're looking into every lead."
This tells the public they want to cover all the bases and thoroughly investigate the death of the civil rights LA personality.
And one of those leads, according to the LA Times, is the fact that one neighbor says she heard Rodney King crying an hour or two before he took a final plunge in his backyard swimming pool.
If law enforcement thinks there is more to this case than an accidental drowning, that could explain their reluctance to say anything about the autopsy or the Rodney King cause of death.
Given that this is the death of a man that helped influence a city riot that ended in 53 deaths years ago, they may just be wanting to cover all the bases before they say anything. And that's understandable, since they definitely don't want the city to burn again due to public outrage over their investigation.