Police Brutality And Its Perception Of Excessive Force

1976 Words Apr 28th, 2015 8 Pages
Most people in the United States understand that there are occurrences of police brutality, although the episodes of such brutality is minute in comparison to what is perceived to be the case by the general population. Police brutality is a perception of excessive force, though depending on the situation, that very force may in fact be the use of proper force. When it comes to Americans receiving their knowledge of current event, they usually refer to the media, in which a major topic today is police brutality.
A Case Study Reference On March 3rd 1991, Los Angeles Police chase a vehicle that was driving erratically. When the vehicle came to a stop after reaching speeds of nearly 120 mph, a total of four cruisers arrived to the scene, including six patrol officers and a sergeant. Of those officers were Laurence Powell, Timothy Wind, Theodore Briseno, Rolando Solano, Tim and Melanie Singer, and Sergeant Stacey Koon. (Linder 2001) In the car that was speeding was three subjects later identified as Allen and Freddie Helms and driver Rodney King. The Helms brothers complied with officers commands and where apprehended with out incident. Rodney King on the other hand was rather difficult, by not listening to commands by officers and being comical. After a hassle of getting out of the vehicle, officers approached King in the prone with caution fearing he was on a known drug at the time called Phencyclidine (PCP), with a swarming tactic. King fought off the swarming tactic and…
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