Simi Valley Case Study

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EXCESSIVE FORCE 8 was receiving, Superior Court Judge Stanley Weisberg agreed to move the case from Los Angeles to Simi Valley, California a predominate white residential community which is located thirty miles from Los Angeles. The prosecution in this case motioned to have the case be tried in a more diverse county like Alameda. Since Simi Valley is where police officers are known to reside, Judge suggested that moving it to Simi Valley will guarantee a fair trial in their own environment. March 5, 1992 the trial went underway for the four Los Angeles police officers hearing at least seven weeks of itemized testimony and dissecting the videotape that had footage of the beating that involved Rodney Kind and the four officers. April …show more content…
After the acquittal of the four Los Angeles police officers and the riots that took place after the verdict, in August of 1992 the United States Department of Justice moved forward on indictments of the four police officers in the violation of Rodney King’s civil rights and rendered evidence to a Los Angeles Federal grand jury. The charges that were brought against the officers were violating Rodney King’s Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable arrest and deliberately and intentionally unreasonable force. Sergeant Koon was charged with the withholding Rodney King of his Fourteenth Amendment due-process rights not control the behavior of the other three officers. Rodney King was awarded $3.8 million for injuries in endured in the brutal beating in the civil case. Two of the police officers were dismissed for the Los Angeles police department and spent time away in a prison camp. The other two police officers were acquitted of charges and were later dismissed from the police force. The Rodney King case became the most evident and visible proof of excessive force used by police in the history of the United States. Several of Los Angeles officials had foreseen knowledge that beatings with batons would develop …show more content…
The Christopher Commission was developed in April 1991and has since been changed to “The Independent Commission”. In the Rodney King case an example of what the commission examined and found was the officers did not comply with the Los Angeles police guidelines nor the state of California laws regarding the use of force The state penal code and the Los Angeles procedures require that the force that is used must be reasonable, and the officer feels threaten my use force to control an individual. The commission also found that white officers were prejudice toward minority individuals and it was very common for the officers to make racial remarks against minorities. The common goal for the commission was to close the gaps that the police department encountered and to move forward and learn and change the negative behavior and thoughts of officers to holding and being accountable for actions. “The Rodney King beating stands as a landmark in the recent history of law enforcement, comparable to the Scottsboro case in 1931 and the Serpico case in 1967. Rightly called “sickening” by President Bush and condemned by all segment of society, the King incident provides on opportunity evaluation and reform of police procedures” (The Christopher Commission.

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