The Rodney King Trial

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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. After said violation, four nameless officers proceeded to beat the mostly compliant King. The savage act of police brutality was captured on camera. After such a crime, the four officers in question were…show more content…
Throughout the trial, many key pieces of incriminating evidence were blatantly lied about or just ignored. When the officers were cross examined, they boldly lied and said that they didn’t hurt king too much: “Those batons are heavy… not that much damage was done,” (New York Daily News, 1). Contrary to what the officer said, baton weight shouldn’t matter when it's been documented that the officers struck King over fifty times in a row: “In 81 seconds of video footage captured on a bystander's camcorder, police were seen kicking and clubbing King 56 times,” (Matiash, Rothman 1). This quote from two Time magazine authors disproves the flawed statement from the officer while he was in trial. The Time authors were citing the official investigative report of King’s injuries, and were even taking notes from the 81 second video a bystander took. It outweighs the fraudulent officer. The Rodney King trial was flawed from start, but it was only worsened by the distortion of the facts and evidence by the defense. Similarly, in ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, there was very little evidence to convict Tom Robinson, but the distortion of facts caused the verdict to go…show more content…
The issue of bias is a long standing issue in the American justice system that has been around for ages. And the Rodney King trial is no exception for societal bias. It is clear that the jury and police officers involved has some sort of bias in place that prevented just verdict for King. And according to the National Center for State Courts, the biggest societal bias didn’t fall on the jury or the defense. It fell on the judge: “ judges are susceptible to these implicit associations, too. Rachlinski, Johnson, Wistrich, and Guthrie (2009), for example, found a strong White preference on the IAT among White judges… The question is whether these implicit associations can influence, i.e., bias, an individual’s decisions and actions, and there is growing evidence that the answer is yes,” (NCSC 2). Even though, there was strong societal bias within the jury and defense, the above quote backs up the claim that the biggest fault rests on the judge.. And in the case of Rodney King, an all white jury, a white judge, and inherently racist defense doomed him from the
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