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
Jurors should be individually screened, jurors should be educated about implicit bias, and juries should be more diverse. I think that all of these methods are important for improving bias within the courtroom, but this study’s findings and implementation suggestions might improve stop and frisk bias in New York, or employee discrimination
Being an adolescent, who is in fact african american writing this essay, of course the first case which caught my attention was the 2012 Trayvon Martin case. Note, Trayvon was not killed by a member of law enforcement, rather, he was killed by a vigilante. But although Trayvon was not killed by a member of law enforcement this stirred up attention across america especially in the african american community concerning the law and members of its enforcement (judges, lawyers, police officers etc.) Following Trayvon’s death, deaths of other african americans by police officers started receiving national attention. Deaths of victims such as Mike Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice and others were being talked about nationwide following the death of Trayvon.
Laurence Powell, Timothy Wind, Theodore Briseno, and Stacey Koon were the four officers who beat up Rodney King on March 3(Biography). Although not all of the officers were being accused of the same crime they all still faced many difficulties. The officers received many death threats because of how they treated King. Many people believed the officers did not deserve freedom and threatened their lives. Most of the officers were being accused of assault with a deadly weapon which would result in years of prison if convicted (Biography).The jury for the Rodney King trial threatened democracy and the fairness of the trial.
Injustice The Scottsboro Case shed light on the racial practices expressed in law that made a great impact on the legal system today. The actual victims of the Case did not receive a fair trial due to the color of their skin. The ones who played the victims planned the crime, and their stories made no sense. But like many of the trials during the time it wasn’t based on the actual evidence that was found,or even the defendants ' stories.
In Rodney’s case, it was against him, as his jury was a mostly white jury with only one piece of evidence, the video. In O.J’s case, it was in his favor, as his mostly black jury believed the possibility of a racist LAPD detective framing the superstar. Due to the emphasis on the race of the defense or prosecution however, another problem arises. The crimes themselves were blurred in the grand scheme of the trials. People felt as though whether or not one race trumps another was more important than justice
Do you think judges and juries are biased toward the white population? Three articles that cover this topic are “How the Judicial System Works” by Jacob Silverman, “A Defense of the Jury System” by Thomas M. Ross, and “Six Million Trayvons: How the George Zimmerman Mindset Has Rigged the Justice System Against Young Black Men” by Judd Legum. After reading all three articles, it is clear that America’s justice system is unfair, and juries are biased toward white people. The first reason why the jury is corrupt is because juries can be biased.
To Kill a Mockingbird Essay When controversy and conflicts sprout, many individuals go to courts to seek justice and to have a fair and just trial. Since this is the United States, a country known internationally for its equality and democracy, many individuals would think that the court system in the U.S. is the fairest and has the most sophisticated court system. However, for many individuals, this simply is not the case.
Rodney king, born in Sacramento, California in 1965 and grew up to be known as a polite yet not very intelligent child and teenager. King was a high school dropout and a single father with a history of criminal activity. Rodney King was most famously known for his court battle against L.A.P.D. officers Stacey Koon, Laurence Powell, Ted Briseno, and Timothy Wind . On March 3, 1991 two crimes occurred involving King, one of which he was the offender and the other where he was the victim. On this Saturday night at 12:50 am Rodney king was driving his white Hyundai under the influence of alcohol along with his two fiends Freddie Helms and Bryant Allen.
Coker gives great evidence that supports racial injustice in the criminal justice system. She discusses on the Supreme Court’s rulings and accusations of racial preference in the system. This article is helpful because it supports my thesis on race playing a role on the system of criminal justice. Hurwitz, J., & Peffley, M. (1997). Public perceptions of race and crime: The role of racial stereotypes.
The Rodney King Riot happened in Los Angeles in the year of 1992. Rodney King was an African American male who was arrested on charges because of speeding, drunk driving, and refusing to stop his vehicle. Four police officers who have claimed to have witnessed King’s actions such as being high on drugs and was trying to attack them explains why they did what they did. A resident nearby by the name of George Holliday captured about 12 minutes of the attack on film. King was tasered, brutally beaten with side-handled batons, then forced to the ground to lie still which was where he was handcuffed.
The trial of the Scottsboro boys was a trial that was the cause of two white women accusing nine black men of raping them. Their appeals, retrials, and legal proceedings attracted the attention of the nation and produced to Supreme Court rulings in their favor. The Scottsboro boys trial demonstrates that nonconformity to unjust practices can lead to justice for all people because their trial triggered The Supreme Court ruling that had a major impact on the American system of laws for the right to adequate counsel, the ruling for the right to not be excluded from a jury based on race, and still has a continuing effect in our own time which affirms the principle of equal protection under the law. Their case not only saved them from the death sentence but also started up debate about equal protection under the law such as in the first Supreme Court ruling.
Rodney King Riots Protest Movement Paper On April 29, 1992, A week of non stop urban violence and mayhem erupted in the streets and cities of Los Angeles, the riots were commenced by the unjust trial that let the four white police officers set free of any charges. All four officers were captured on videotape beating on a black motorist named, Rodney King after a traffic stop gone wild. The Rodney King riots impacted society greatly by presenting the nations people with an understanding of how racism was still present in america. A reminder that "justice for all" was still a long way off being set in stone and to followed by most people.
Introduction Jury nullification is defined as the occurrence whereby a juror purposefully acquits a defendant who it believes is guilty of the crime with which he or she is charged. In Paul Butler’s article, Racially Based Jury Nullification: Black Power in the Criminal Justice System, he describes the significance of race in a juror’s verdict. This paper will provide a brief summary of the article as well as an analysis. The analysis examines the plausibility of his claims, justifies why I do not agree with the author’s position, and raises critiques to his arguments. Summary Paul Butler is an African-American man who worked as a federal prosecutor for the District of Columbia in 1990, prosecuting those being tried for misdemeanor crimes.