Police Brutality Essay

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Police Brutality Today across the nation racism and police brutality go hand in hand, unfortunately today police brutality is major concern in the United States. Unfortunately when one usually thinks about the subject topic, the biggest incident that comes to mind is the Rodney King trial. The date of Rodney King police brutality incident occurred on March 3, 1991 in the state of California. King, who is African American, was involved in a high speed chase with four Caucasian police officers from the L.A.P.D., once King was eventually pulled over he was approached by four officers; who were by the officers; Stacey C. Koon, Laurence M. Powell, Timothy E. Wind, and Theodore J. Briseno. These four officers kicked King and hit him with their batons more than fifty times while he struggled on the ground. Fortunately for Rodney King there was an amateur photographer by the name of George Holliday who was in the right place at the right time. Holliday captured over two minutes of the beating on video tape. The videotape of the beating was played numerous times on worldwide and became a symbol of police brutality. As a result of the videotaped beating all of the officers were all charged with numerous criminal counts, including the use of excessive force, and filing a false police report. While the trial was being conducted the prosecution team used the amateur videotape beating as the principal source of evidence which exempt King from testifying. On April 29, 1992, the jury, which included ten Caucasian, one Filipino American and one Hispanic, but included no African Americans, found the police officers not guilty on ten of the eleven counts and did not come to an agreement on the other count. The acquittals stunned many people across the world that had seen the videotape beating. After two hours after the acquittals, riots erupted in the all

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