Essay on The Rodney King Beating
On March 3, 1991, Los Angeles police officers attempted to stop a white sedan traveling at a high rate of speed through Lake View Terrace, a residential neighborhood in northern Los Angeles. After a short pursuit, King was ordered out of his vehicle at gunpoint. King refused to comply and became belligerent and uncooperative. The use of open-hand controls, pepper spray and tasers were ineffective, as King continued to assault officers while resisting arrest. More LAPD officers arrived and King was finally subdued with the use of nightsticks. Investigation later revealed King was under the influence of a combination of PCP and cocaine.
This incident would have produced nothing more than another report for …show more content…
Any time force used by police to affect an arrest is caught on tape, a negative public response is expected. The force used to subdue Rodney King was justified-to a point. Officers are trained to use batons as a personal defense tool. Once King was on the ground, the use of batons went from using only what force was necessary to using the maximum amount of force possible to ?punish? King for assaulting them, a crime informally referred to as ?Contempt of Cop.? In these cases, the officer perceives a challenge to authority, such as fleeing, fighting or failure to obey officers? orders,