Rodney King Rodney King Case

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Rodney King’s case has become one of the most controversial cases in American history. The case in which King was a victim of excessive police force. It exposed the horrific truth of what police forces were capable of doing. The following excerpt of the incident is provided by "Long Road to Justice - Policing the Police and Prosecuting the Klan."
“The beating of Rodney King by officers of the Los Angeles Police Department on March 3, 1991, captured on videotape and broadcasted around the world, shocked America. The tape all but confirmed the officers ' use of excessive force and exposed to the public longstanding racial tensions in Los Angeles, with which its residents were all too familiar. The state prosecution of the four officers involved resulted in a complete acquittal. Within hours, riots broke out across Los Angeles that left 55 people dead and over 2000 wounded. In light of what appeared to many to be a wholesale miscarriage of justice, the Civil Rights Division opened a new investigation and initiated a federal prosecution. On August 4, 1992, the same four officers were indicted
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Police officers fearing for their lives resulting in a violent response. However, regulation should be instilled to prevent the abuse of power within the police forces. One of the main contributors to police brutality is the excess sense of power. (Word for entitlement??) (Entitlement to power, like it’s owed to them) Another reason for police force is accountability, on the criminal’s side. Acknowledging the fact that they are putting themselves in a position where a police officer can use force. Another argument would be that the peak of issues involving police brutality is due to technology. Now that cameras are becoming easier to access as well as the internet and networking allows more people to see the acts of police

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