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Above the Law. Police and the Excessive Use of Force by Jerome H Skolnick

By Jerome H Skolnick

The now-famous videotape of the thrashing of Rodney King brought on a countrywide outcry opposed to police violence. Skolnick and Fyfe, of the nation's most sensible specialists on legislation enforcement, use the incident to introduce a revealing ancient research of such violence and the level of its survival in legislations enforcement this present day.

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Consequently, they did not believe the New York cop. Most of the first American jurors, however, credited the woman’s testimony despite her acknowledgment that she had been hysterical, and voted to convict the mugger. Had the woman not seen the mugging, and had she not corroborated the policeman’s testimony, the mugger would have walked out of the courtroom, free to find other victims. It’s not that jurors in the first America are less susceptible to bias than those in the second—its just that they nullify different kinds of evidence.

Jessie sustained a broken nose during the incident. His knees required arthroscopic surgery, and neck surgery was recommended to alleviate the headaches which have persisted since the incident. ” Upon approaching, she was seized by her waist-long hair and arm and thrown face first to the floor where she, too, was handcuffed. ” [Larez’s son] Katsumi, who was sleeping in his room attached to the garage at the time of the search, was awoken [sic] when his door was kicked in by police. ” He was taken to the living room where he and his brother Frank, like Jessie and Diane, were also proned out on the floor and handcuffed.

In the first America, the brutality shown on the King videotape demonstrated the worst nightmare of African-Americans about police violence against blacks. The Simi Valley verdict confirmed black America’s deepest suspicions of the criminal justice system. So, especially in the inner cities of the first America, the Rodney King videotape and the Simi Valley verdict shook the confidence of the public in the police and the system of criminal justice. In suburban America, residents and juries, who regard police brutality as “aberrant,” are more likely to support the police reflexively.

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