Police Brutality By Matt HowardCompositionPeroid 1 Mrs. Kolar December 20, 1996'We were following are training as L. A. P. D. officers,' said officer Stacey Koon who was one of four officers accused of using excessive force against Rodney King.

{Brutality in Los Angles 7 } Koon along with fellow officers Timothy Wind, Lawrence Powell, and Theodore Brings chased King through downtown Los Angles. King had allegedly committed numerous traffic violations and was thought to be high on PCP. After a hour King pulled his car over and the officers 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.

{Brutality in Los Angles 8} The officers were tried for using active force and the tape were reviewed by experts who found that king was struck with over 50 blows to the body by the officers. {Brutality in Los Angles 7} The officers were found not guilty of using excessive force against Rodney King. This sparked a week long riot in Los Angles. There was looting and building being torched. {Burning 14}Following the riots it was announced that two officers Stacey Koon And Lawrence Powell would stand trial yet again, but this time in federal court for violating Rodney Kings civil rights. Both were convicted and sentenced to prison terms {Brutality In Los Angles 7} The Rodney King video and trial sparked a question in many peoples mind through out the nation, "How big of a problem is police brutality? Little did they know that this would be the beginning of a streak of police related violence.

Sandra Antor a Miami, Florida residence was driving through South Carolina heading north on vacation. When she was stopped by a South Carolina Highway Patrol officer. {Bruning 15} He dragged her from the car and cursed a ther. Once she was out of the car He forced Ms. Antor to lay on the pavement handcuffed like a common thief, all because she had had failed to see him with his 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. This time a truck full of illegal aliens from Mexico. Deputies in Riverside chased the pickup on the freeway. The illegal immigrants threw beer bottles at the deputies.

When the truck finally stopped, the immigrant in the back of the truck fled. Three Riverside Deputies then went after the driver and his passenger. The driver was thrown against the hood and handcuffed. The passenger, a pregnant women was grabbed when she did not stop running, was clubbed repeatedly with a nightstick. The officers didn't even notice that a news helicopter was hovering above them recording everything live on television. {Streisand 10}Not every police beating is fortunate enough not to end without any major injuries.

Take Jonny Gammage for example, a cousin of Pittsburgh Steeler Defensive End Ray Seals. Gammage had just finished having lunch with his cousin Seals. Seals let Gammage borrow his brand new Jaguar to pick his mother up in Pittsburgh. While driving through downtown Pittsburgh Gammage got out of the car and 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 was riding 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 the officers was on his back hitting him. The officers are on trial now for involuntary man slaughter. {Daher 2}Although police beatings like this have no logical explanation why they happen, some cops have described a feeling of excitement during a high speed pursuit.

This feeling now has a name. It is called High-Speed Pursuit Syndrome. High-Speed Syndrome is described as a mix between fear, excitement, and adrenaline. This syndrome cause the officer to vent all these emotions on the suspect at the end of the pursuit. {A. C.

L. U. 1} Police departments now a retraining their officers how to control their emotions in the event of a high speed chase. {A. C. L.

U. 2} Three of the four police beatings above involved high speed pursuits. The purpose of this research paper is took look at some police brutality cases and try to determine how big of a problem it is. This is just four cases of thousands of cases all over the world.

So the answer is police brutality isa big problem and should be stopped by whatever means necessary. Work CitedBrancato, Gilda and Elliot E. Pole baum The Rights Of Police Officers New york, A. C. L. U.

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