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King’s case never would have become such a symbol without the video, he said.

“If there hadn’t been a video there would have never been a case. In those days, you might have claimed excessive force but there would have been no way to prove it.”

The San Bernardino County coroner will perform an autopsy on King within 48 hours.

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Associated Press writers Raquel Maria Dillon in Rialto and Anthony McCartney in Los Angeles contributed to this report.