Police Brutality EssayBy Matt HowardCompositionPeroid 1Mrs. KolarDecember 20, 1996"We were following are training as L. A.
P. D. officers," said officerStacey Koon who was one of four officers accused of using excessive forceagainst Rodney King. Brutality in Los Angles 7 } Koon along with fellowofficers Timothy Wind, Lawrence Powell, and Theodore Brines chased King throughdowntown Los Angles. King had allegedly committed numerous traffic violationsand was thought to be high on PCP.
After a hour King pulled his car over and theofficers swarmed in to arrest him. King began to struggle then the beating began. Little did the officers know a bystander was filming the whole thing. Brutalityin Los Angles 8} The officers were tried for using active force and the tape werereviewed by experts who found that king was struck with over 50 blows to thebody by the officers.Order now
Brutality in Los Angles7} The officers were found notguilty of using excessive force against Rodney King. This sparked a week longriot in Los Angles. There was looting and building being torched. Burning 14}Following the riots it was announced that two officers Stacey Koon AndLawrence Powell would stand trial yet again, but this time in federal court forviolating Rodney Kings civil rights. Both were convicted and sentenced to prisonterms Brutality In Los Angles 7} The Rodney King video and trial sparked aquestion in many peoples mind through out the nation, “How big of a problem ispolice brutality? Little did they know that this would be the beginning of astreak of police related violence. Sandra Antor a Miami, Florida residence was driving through SouthCarolina heading north on vacation.
When she was stopped by a South CarolinaHighway Patrol officer. Bruning 15} He dragged her from the car and cursed ather. Once she was out of the car He forced Ms. Antor to lay on the pavementhandcuffed like a common thief , all because she had had failed to see him withhis lights on behind her . His on board camera recorded the whole incident. Bruning 15}A couple weeks later we saw a example of police brutality again.
Thistime a truck full of illegal aliens from Mexico. Deputies in Riverside chasedthe pickup on the freeway. The illegal immigrants threw beer bottles at thedeputies. When the truck finally stopped, the immigrant in the back of the truckfled. Three Riverside Deputies then went after the driver and his passenger.
Thedriver was thrown against the hood and handcuffed. The passenger, a pregnantwomen was grabbed when she did not stop running, was clubbed repeatedly with anightstick. The officers didn’t even notice that a news helicopter was hoveringabove them recording everything live on television. Streisand 10}Not every police beating is fortunate enough not to end without anymajor injuries. Take Jonny Gammage for example, a cousin of Pittsburgh SteelerDefensive End Ray Seals. Gammage had just finished having lunch with his cousinSeals.
Seals let Gammage borrow his brand new Jaguar to pick his mother up inPittsburgh. While driving through downtown Pittsburgh Gammage got out of the carand began to argue with the officers. He allegedly was beaten to death by them. What makes it ironic is the only reason Gammage was stopped is because he wasriding his brakes to prevent from speeding. Daher 1}A tow tuck driver named Frank Beljack was a eyewitness to the beating.
Beljack said ” I noticed they were hitting on him. It looked like one of theofficers was on his back hitting him. The officers are on trial now forinvoluntary man slaughter. Daher 2}Although police beatings like this have no logical explanation why theyhappen, some cops have described a feeling of excitement during a high speedpursuit. This feeling now has a name.
It is called High-Speed Pursuit Syndrome. High-Speed Syndrome is described as a mix between fear, excitement, andadrenaline. This syndrome cause the officer to vent all these emotions on thesuspect at the end of the pursuit. A. C.
L. U. 1} Police departments now aretraining their officers how to control their emotions in the event of a highspeed chase. A. C.
L. U. 2} Three of the four police beatings above involved highspeed pursuits. The purpose of this research paper is took look at some police brutalitycases and try to determine how big of a problem it is. This is just four casesof thousands of cases all over the world.
So the answer is police .