Skip to comments.Rodney King Arrested In Pasadena, Calif.
Posted on 12/08/2006 6:46:04 AM PST by Sub-Driver
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There were some heroes that day. Bobby Green was obviously one.
Yeah, Mr. Green covered himself in glory that day.
In my opinion, the best book on the original incident is Lou Cannon's "Official Neglegence". Lou managed to avoid falling in all the P.C. traps and took a pretty clear-eyed view of the case.
One little-known piece of trivia is that, in convicting Koons and Powell, the Federal jury studied the video repeatedly. They came to the conclusion that at the beginning it portrayed a permissible use of force against a resisting suspect. They also came to the conclusion that at a later point, the force became excessive. The point they picked where excessive force began was AFTER the segment of the tape shown repeatedly on TV.
In the late 80's, the LA Times began an ongoing fued with the LAPD that featured some of the most biased coverage I had ever seen. Officer involved shootings were invariably described through the eyes of the family or a local race-baiting pressure group, with almost no attention paid to the actual details.
I can recall one incident that covered about twenty paragraphs, spilling over from the front page to the inside. It involved a guy who'd pulled a gun on a couple of gang officers and suffered the consequences. The story went into great detail about how family and friends said they guy never had a gun, wouldn't have a gun, was a solid church-going citizen, loved his family and pets, etc. It wasn't 'til the last paragraph, on page twenty-something, that they mentioned they'd found the gun, with his prints on it, under the body. It was also in that last 'graph that they mentioned the guy's previous armed robbery convictions.
Nobody every quite figured out what Otis Chandler had against Daryl Gates, but there was a running joke at the time to the effect that if Gates ever found the cop who'd issued Chandler a jay-walking ticket he'd be walking a beat on the soggy end of Harbor Division for the rest of his career.
I will try to obtain a copy of Mr Cannon's book.
Don't some people just deserve to have the crap beaten out of them with night sticks?
the cops are pinning this on him now.
What became of the white truck driver that was pulled out and beaten to a pulp....what was his name.....anyone remember?
was he "just about to turn his life around"? maybe he "lost his moral compass".
OK, that's it, pal: you're under a vest.
What makes you both think we are all going to just put up with this shirt? You think it's cute tayloring your posts like that? Why, if you two were at arms' length I'd give ya both a couple of socks.
Well, it's about time they stopped letting him pull the wool over their eyes.
Relax, no need to have a fit.
You owe me a new keyboard! Where was your "Do not eat oatmeal while reading this" warning?? :)
Reginald Denny. See post 137 above.
Actually King became the poster boy for trumped up charges of police brutality.
Senility. The guy forgot to remove the lens cover this time.
Your humor is unseamly. How can you fabric-ate such plaid-itutudes as these?
Easy: I belong to a fringe group.
That's about the worsted comment on this thread!