Rodney King's Argument Against Police Brutality

I have chosen police brutality as my topic to see if it is based on racism. Police brutality is the intentional use of excessive force against human beings. There are different types of police brutality such as excessive force, false arrest, malicious prosecution, unreasonable search and rights of pre-trial detainees. Excessive force is a metaphor that experts indicate that it’s any force beyond what’s necessary to arrest a suspect and keep police and bystanders safe. False arrest is where a plaintiff claims he or she was held in custody without probable cause, or without an order issued by a court of competent jurisdiction. Malicious prosecution is an intentional unlawful act which starts from a party intentionally and maliciously instituting …show more content…
Unreasonable search is where a law enforcement officer searches and individuals premises without a search warrant and without probable cause. Pre-trial detainee refers to the detaining of an accused person in a criminal case before the trail has taken place. I have chosen three people involved in police brutality. I have chosen Rodney King, Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown.

Rodney King was born on April 2, 1965. Rodney King was an African American taxi driver who became nationally known after being brutally beaten by Los Angeles Police Department officers following a high-speed chase on March 3, 1991. A nearby witness, George Holliday, recorded much of the beating from his balcony, and sent the video footage to a local news station KTLA. The video footage shows four officers surrounding King, several of them attacking him repeatedly, while others stood by. Parts of the video footage were aired worldwide, and raised public concern about police treatment of minorities. Four officers involved in the beating were charged with assault with a deadly weapon and use of excessive force. Three officers were acquitted from all charges. The jury acquitted the fourth but failed to reach a verdict on the use of
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Trayvon Martin was a 17-year-old African American high school student. George Zimmerman is a 28-year-old mixed Hispanic man who was the neighborhood watch coordinator who thought of himself as a police officer at the gated community where Martin was currently living and where the shooting took place. Zimmerman shot Martin, who was unarmed, during an altercation. Police showed up within two minutes of the shooting responding to an earlier call from Zimmerman. Zimmerman was taken into custody, treated for head injuries, and then questioned for five hours. The police chief said that Zimmerman was released from jail because there was no evidence to disprove Zimmerman’s statement of acting in self-defense. The police chief also stated that Zimmerman had a right to defend himself with lethal force. As news of this case spread, thousands of protesters across the country rioted and called for Zimmerman’s arrest and full investigation. Six weeks after the shooting, Zimmerman was charged with murder by a special prosecutor arranged by the Governor Rick Scott. Zimmerman’s trial began on June 10, 2013 in Sanford, Florida. A jury acquitted him on July 13, 2013. The Justice Department announced that “there was not enough evidence for a federal hate crime prosecution” on February 24, 2015. During the investigation of the shooting, Zimmerman, his wife, and his parents went into hiding

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