Police Influence on Society
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Police Influence on SocietyWhen discussing historical events that have impacted policing in the United States as it relates to different ethnic groups and social classes’ one can’t help but think about the infamous Rodney King beating. The Rodney King beating was a critical period in United States history. On March 3, 1991 following a high speed chase through a rough area of Los Angeles California five Los Angeles Police Officers brutally beat King in the middle of a roadway offering no mercy as he lay in the fetal position soaking up each hit that was delivered from the varies officers. From a nearby balcony a witness caught the beating of King. Whether or not Mr. King resisted the officers following the chase- the violence that followed was most certainly unwarranted. Many officers also stood near where the brutality was taking place, but offered no assisted to King- this footage was aired on national television. The outrage of the public was enough to begin a second riot all of its own. With tension between the Los Angeles Police Departments and African Americas already high in the area, this situation offered no mercy from either party. In 1992 Los Angeles police officers- Laurence Powell, Timothy Wind, Theodore Briseno and Stacey Koon where all charged by Los Angeles County with criminal offenses, including assault with a deadly weapon (Rodney King, 2012). The officers was set to take place in Los Angeles county, but it was argued by the defense attorneys that a fair trial would not be possible because the amount of publicity that surrounded the case. From Los Angeles the case was moved to nearby Simi Valley, approximately 45 miles southeast of Los Angeles, a predominantly white suburb of Los Angeles. The officers were acquitted of all charges soon after the move to Simi Valley. No blacks were presented on the jury panel.
In April of 1992 shortly after the ruling, South Central Los Angeles erupted in riots, said to have been a result of the acquittals. The riot resulted in more...