After the beating by the police officers, the four were charged for assault with a deadly weapon. When the officers were taken to court, the jury was an all white group and they proved the officers not guilty. After this had happened riots sprung up all over Los Angles calling the case a racial hate crime. The riots caused over $1 billion dollars in property damage. But Rodney King didn't want this to happen. Around the time of the riots, Rodney King had said, "People, I just want to say, can't we all get along? Can't we all get along?" (Biography.com Editors). 20 years after the riots had ended, Rodney King was interviewed by CNN and they had asked what he thought about the police officers and according to Biography.com Editors he said, "Yes, I have forgiven them because I have been forgiven so many times. My country's been good to me, and I've done some things that wasn't pleasant in my lifetime, and I've been forgiven for that." About a month later, Rodney King was found dead in a public swimming pool after he overdosed on drugs and drowned in a pool. So the way Rodney King changed american culture was that he caused a lot of racial tension in america which is still relevant to this day.