Originally Posted by airportcop
Look, there is no doubt the cops gave him the beating of his life but there is more to the video than what the public got to see. More like King fighting back! The officers over did it in a bad way but King wasn't an innocent man by any means. A criminal that had a drinking and drug problem before the cops beat him and he didn't stop after the fact either. Too bad he didn't change and make a real difference. What amazes me was that a jury of mostly non-whites acquitted all of the cops but one!
wow. lotsa of contradictions in your post.
Rodney King was fighting back. But police were using excessive force. ok.... so.... many criminals fight back and in many cases, they were under influence. many police officers did not have to resort to beat-down in order to subdue them.
so what would makes a real difference? a proper police conduct and following department policy. none of these officers followed the law and department policy. Rodney King was a scumbag for driving recklessly thru neighborhoods but what police officers did was worse. They're worse than scumbags. They were the reason why LA was a very hostile place to be at that time. And it took Rodney King to change that.