In the spring of 1991,” In Los Angeles, California, four Los Angeles police officers that had been caught beating an unarmed African-American motorist in an amateur video an acquitted of any wrongdoing in the arrest.” [“1992 Riot in Los Angeles”] We hear and read about police brutality more than we should. Police brutality is a major problem in our country. Many times it is pushed aside or covered up. Sadly we find that a major reason for all this happens, has to do with racism as well. Due to that many people are hurt killed. One of the most recently talked about police brutality cases has been the case of Freddie Gray. A man in Baltimore Marilyn who was beaten into a coma and later died. An article in New York Times magazine written by D. …show more content…
The vicious cycle started, when “Paroled felon Rodney King led police on a high-speed chase through the streets of Los Angeles.” King was “Intoxicated and uncooperative.” [“1992 Riot in Los Angeles”] Although, being far from innocent, you must agree that a brutal beating during the arrest by LAPD is barbaric. A 98 second video recorded by a bystander show King being beat by police men, using their “batons and kicking him long after he was capable of resistance.” [“1992 Riot in Los Angeles”] The arrest was only the tip of the iceberg. After the video was released to the press, it triggered the infamous riot of 1992. The riot began in the middle of town a d lasted three days. Throughout these days, the president “ordered military troops and riot trained federal officers” [“1992 Riot in Los Angeles”] to help control the situation. As hard as they might have tried, “the three days of disorder killed 55 people, injured almost 2,000, [and] led to 7,000 arrest.” [“1992 Riot in Los Angeles”] The riots caused “1 billion in property damage, including the burning of nearly 4,000 buildings.” [“1992 Riot in Los …show more content…
Acts of racism. To begin with, King was an African-American beat by four white police officers. Up to this point we don’t want to make any racist accusations, because it might sound stereotypical or predictable. However, we are given two specific examples about how it really turned into a racist act. During the downtown riot, while all traffic was at a stand-still, three African-American beat Reginald Denny, a white-truck driver. He was pulled out of his truck and nearly beaten to death. Also in the story it mentions how “Korean shop owners in African-American neighborhoods defended their businesses with rifles.” [“1992 Erupt in Los Angeles”] In the case of Gray, he was by three white police men, two black men, and a black woman, opponents argue that incidents like Grey’s death “trigger explosive protest and rioting because they unveil a culture in which African-Americans routinely face harassment and violence at the hands of
Because police brutality has increased to such extremes, misconduct has had many impacts on society and the law. Currently, there is great mistrust between citizens and police departments. Just as the King attacking caused riots in the L.A community, the recent brutality reports have caused major issues in cities nationwide. Some of these reports include the 1999, Amadou Diallo case when he came home from work and was shot at 41 times by the police and died. There was also the Eric Garner quandary in 2014 who was choked to death by police.
As a resident of Los Angeles she feels as though there is injustice in her community. In an Los Angeles Times article by Seth Mydans, he focuses on the Korean aspect of the LA riots and says “In the South-Central area, where Korean shops have become the object of resentment even as they provide what is often the only retail service to residents” (Mydans). Mydans is saying that even though the Korean shops are the only retail and service offered to South Central citizens, the store owners felt victimized. Mydans explains that during the riots Korean shops became the main focus of violence because many rioters felt resentment towards the Korean stores. Dean Gilmour, Lieutenant of the Los Angeles County Coroner is in charge of recording the total deaths in LA, after going through the numbers, he says “Are all gang shootings during this time riot-related?
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The police then beat Rodney King for about 15 minutes, which lead to him having skull fractures, broken bones, broken teeth, and permanent brain damage. The police didn’t know that they were being filmed for most of the beating. The person that filmed it brought it to a local news station, and within days the film was seen through all of America, Police brutality had been a problem for a while in LA, but this was the first time it was filmed. Four white Los Angeles police officers were charged with assault with a deadly weapon and using excessive force. On November 26, 1991 the trial was moved from L.A. to a mostly white town in Ventura County.
The LA riots were so extreme it resulted in hundreds of injured lifes and even lives lost. the Rodney King trial shows the evolution of an era that shuns what happens behind closed doors to an era which shows the harsh reality of police brutality with new means of communication and the growth of technology with the smartphone and
When the verdict was read and the public became aware and conscious of the acquittal of the four police officers that unlawfully restrained Rodney G. King, the public suffered an immediate act of unrest, leaving the city in a period of turmoil and chaos. A fifteen-day period of unrest that left fifty-three people dead and twenty-three hundred injured. Los Angeles in 1992 felt wounded and lost as a result of the inherently present racial tensions, causing many residents to outbreak in periods of unrest that is still present and deeply rooted in Los Angeles' history and culture today. For decades, citizens in Los Angeles were petrified of their surroundings and when the 1992 Los Angeles riots enveloped Los Angeles and turned it into a war zone, citizens could only stare in horror and astonishment as the hidden traces of racism rose to the surface. An unconscious trace of the 1992 Los Angeles Riots remains today, inherently present in the culture that has now become a majority.
An occurrence observed by the population of Los Angeles, California conveys the existence of racism and police brutality. According to The Polls-Trends: Racial Differences in Attitudes Toward the Police, “…three quarters of blacks, but only 38 percent of whites, continued to view police brutality as a common occurrence” (Tuch and Weitzer
Orenthal James Simpson is a NFL Hall of Famer and extremely popular celebrity in the Hollywood scene. Rodney Glen King is an average citizen, a taxi driver even, born and raised in California. What could these two complete opposites possibly have in common? Trials that would cause an uproar in the nation based on the color of their skin. In the 1990s, racial tensions were at a consistent peak, and the trials of Rodney King and OJ Simpson fueled the fire that ravished through California and across the United States.
On April 22, 1992, three guilty criminals walked away innocent after committing heinous acts of aggression and assault. They were not punished after brutally beating an African American citizen after a meer traffic stop. This brutal act of racial profiling was forgiven in the name of systemic bias and societal attitudes towards racism and similar issues. The date in question is the day that the verdict of the Rodney King trial was released by the jury. The trial involved Rodney G. King a taxi driver who was pulled over for a traffic violation.
Police brutality remains a common yet controversial topic around the world. Police brutality is “the use of excessive and/or unnecessary force by police when dealing with civilians” (thelawdictionary.org). It’s a topic that segregates communities and makes each other their enemy. Specifically, a white officer has been the enemy of the black community. Unfortunately, the tension between police and blacks grew over the past few decades.
Annotated Bibliography Books Dudley, William, et al., editors. Police Brutality. D.L. Bender, 1991. • Police Brutality gives information on how police brutality is a widespread issue in the United States and explains different controversies and cases that relate to police brutality. • The editors of this book include activists and nonfiction authors who provide reliable information on what happened during different incidences of police brutality and the viewpoints and controversies that come with it.
Racial tensions between African Americans and Koreans had always been present especially after the incident with Latasha Harlins. When Latasha Harlins entered into Soon Ja Du’s store she was accused of stealing orange juice. “A year prior to the Los Angeles riots, storekeeper Soon Ja Du physically confronted black ninth-grader Latasha Harlins by grabbing her sweater and backpack over whether the 15-year-old had been trying to steal a bottle of orange juice from Empire Liquor, the store Du's family owned in Compton. After Latasha hit Du, Du shot Latasha in the back of the head, killing her. (Security tape showed the girl, already dead, was still clutching $2 in her hand when investigators arrived.)
Cops around the United States have been accused of racially profiling black people. This topic has been brought up by everyone around the U.S. and is very controversial. Studies have shown that the majority of deaths by police officers have been people of opposite color in America. Police brutality in America is a growing epidemic that has shown no signs of slowing down. Innocent men, women, and even children have been killed by police officers for no reason.
Para 1.) “After police shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old. The fatal gunshots, fired by a white police officer, Darren Wilson, on 9 August 2014, were followed by bursts of anger, in the form of protests and riots. Hundreds and then thousands, of local residents, had flooded the streets. The killing of Michael Brown created a new generation of black activists, with thousands taking to the streets, and a hashtag used more than 27m times.
Police Brutality is an ongoing problem and existent concern in the United States and should be resolved immediately. Law enforcement must function as an element that consists of organized and civilized officers. The presence of police brutality is becoming more of an issue as society grows. The problem posed by the illegal exercise of police power is an ongoing reality for individuals of a disfavored race, class, or sexual orientation. Police brutality must be stopped so that police do not forget who they are serving – not themselves, but the public.