We Must Put an End to Police Brutality

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Rodney King, one of America’s most powerful civil rights activists for people abused by police, has taught the world a lesson in his plea: “People, I just want to say, can’t we all get along?” On March 3, 1991, after a high-speed chase, King was pulled out of his car, thrown on to the ground, and beaten up by the Los Angeles police, which George Holliday videotaped. The four L.A.P.D. officers involved were charged with assault with a deadly weapon and one officer was charged with using of excessive force. However, after a three-month trial, which was held in Simi Valley, a suburb of Los Angeles, a predominantly white jury acquitted the officers. This inflamed the citizens, which resulted in the violent 1992 Los Angeles riots. In this…show more content…
Even sitting in a parking lot to rescue one’s child can result in an assault. Tiffany Hobbs, a victim of police abuse, offers an interesting and important perspective on the subject of police misconduct because of her experience and that of her children, including her unborn baby. While Hobbs was waiting in the driver’s seat of her car for her husband to finish checking out at Walgreens, her youngest accidentally fell out of the car. As Hobbs checked to make sure her child was not hurt, a police car pulled up and blocked her in. The officer began to write Hobbs a ticket for loitering. However, Hobbs was upset because she was visibly pregnant, simply putting her daughter back into the car. When Hobbs got back into her car, she locked the door. Unfortunately, after Hobbs locked the door and rolled the window down to talk to the officer, the officer used a Taser gun on her. All Hobbs remembers is hearing her children screaming and crying. Additionally, as Hobbs began to have chest pains, she realized that wires were hooked to her. Overall, she was scared not only for herself, but also for the life of her unborn child. Hobbs decided to open the car door and was forced to lie down with her hands cuffed tightly behind her back, while her breasts and belly were exposed. Hobbs recalls that she later heard a female officer say, “She’s pregnant.” The arresting officer told her that he tasered Hobbs because he thought Hobbs was a flight risk, even though Hobbs was blocked in

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