The 1992 Los Angeles Riots Essay

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The 1992 Los Angeles Riots April 26th, 1992, there was a riot on the streets, tell me where were you? You were sittin' home watchin' your TV, while I was paticipatin' in some anarchy. First spot we hit it was my liquor store. I finally got all that alcohol I can't afford. With red lights flashin' time to retire, and then we turned that liquor store into a structure fire. Next stop we hit it was the music shop, it only took one brick to make that window drop. Finally we got our own p.a. where do you think I got this guitar that you're hearing today? This is a verse of lyrics from a popular song, written by Sublime, shortly after the Rodney King verdicts, and ensuing riots in Los Angeles. These words would portray the streets of Los…show more content…
After being pulled over, King's friends obeyed police commands to get out of the car and lie face down on the ground, and they were not harmed. King, however, was reluctant to get out of the car, and even more reluctant to obey police orders. He then made degrading gestures toward the female CHP officer that had initiated the pursuit. As a result, the officer advanced upon him with her gun drawn, and Stacey Koon, an LAPD sergeant, feared that there might be a shooting, so he then took over the arrest, and ordered the other officers at the site to holster their guns. Sergeant Koon subsequently shouted at King and told him to lie face down with his arms stretched out. King did not listen to these commands and just stared at Koon with a glazed look in his eyes. Koon then ordered four officers to jump on King and subdue him. One of the officers proceeded to put his knee in King's back, in order to force his left arm behind him enabling him to handcuff King. However, King was too big and strong, and with a quick motion, King tossed Officers Briseno and Powell off of his back. Koon essentially tried to immobilize King with an electric stun gun, or a taser, which fired darts carrying a charge of 50,000 volts. These extreme actions didn't work either. After being hit two times by the taser gun, King got up and started charging Officer Powell. By this time, Sergeant Koon had realized that he had a very combative strong man to seize
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