Police Brutality Essay

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Police Brutality: who’s going to stop them? High-speed chase On the night of March 3, 1991, King and two passengers, Bryant Allen and Freddie Helms, were driving west on Foothill Freeway the in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles. Prior to driving on the Foothill Freeway, the three men had spent the night watching a basketball game and drinking at a friend's house in Los Angeles. Five hours after the incident, King's blood-alcohol level was found to be slightly below the legal limit, implying his blood alcohol level may have fallen from 0.19 while he was driving, which is more than twice the legal driving limit in California. At 12:30 am, Officers Tim and Melanie Singer, husband-and-wife members of the California Highway Patrol, noticed King's car speeding on the freeway. The officers pursued King, and the pursuit attained high speeds. Confrontation Officer Tim Singer ordered King and his two passengers to exit the vehicle and lie face down on the ground. Bryant Allen was manhandled, kicked, stomped, taunted and threatened. "Passenger describes L.A. Police Beating of Driver, Calls it racial," New York Times, March 21, 1991. Freddie Helms was hit in the head while lying on the ground. His bloody baseball cap was turned over to police. Helms were treated for a laceration on the top of his head. "Prosecutor Says Officers Hit Passengers in King's Car," L.A. Times, March 6, 1993. King then grabbed his buttocks which Officer Melanie Singer took to mean King reaching for a weapon. King was later found to be unarmed. She drew her pistol and pointed it at King, ordering him to lie on the ground. Singer approached, gun drawn, preparing to effect an arrest. At that point LAPD Sergeant Stacey Koon, the ranking officer at the scene, told Singer that LAPD was taking tactical command of the situation. He ordered all officers to holster their weapons. LAPD officers are

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