Police Brutality Based On Racism

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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…
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 excessive force. The acquittals were generally considered to have started the 1992 Los Angeles riots, in which 53 people were killed and over 2,000 people were injured, ending only when the California national guard got called in. The acquittals also led to the start of federal government’s obtaining grand jury indictments for violations of King’s civil rights. The trial of the four officers in a federal district court ended on April 16, 1993, with two of the officers being found guilty and imprisoned. The other two officers were acquitted once again. King said this trying to calm the riots on May 1, 1992, “People, I just want to say, you know,can we all get along? Can we get along? Can we stop making it, making it horrible for the older people and the kids? It’s not just right. It’s not right. It’s not, it’s not going to change anything. We’ll, we’ll get our justice. Please, we can get along here. We all can get along. I mean, we’re all stuck here for a while. Let’s try to beat it. Let’s try to beat it. Let’s try to work it out.” King said that this whole situation made him feel like he was back in slavery days. Fifteen years later, King

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