Friday, June 25, 2004

Rodney King Part Duex

Use of force prompts concerns about LAPD reforms

Here we go again. I haven’t seen the video yet, but I have no doubt this will be blow out of proportion. The Rodney King video was taken out of context to make it look a lot worse than it really was. In 1991 the jury was the only group of people who saw the part of the tape that showed a cracked out King repeatedly jumping up to attack the cops until he was finally subdued. I’m sure they’ll do the same with this tape.

After a “30-minute pursuit” and a 300 yard foot chase, I’m sure the only video that will ever make it on the news will be the very moment when the guy finally gives up and is tackled to the ground. I don’t know why anyone would find this so shocking; they show it on COPS all the time. If someone has been running from the cops, they are going to get tackled if they stop. That’s just how it works. What are they supposed to do? Should they calmly walk up to this creep after they’ve been chasing him for 30-minutes and politely ask him to lie on the ground?

Make sure you notice the quote at the end of this article.
"The cops are all bad," said Gerald Murrle, 40. "If they say cover it up, they'll cover it up."
Who the hell is Gerald Murrle? He’s not mentioned anywhere else in the story. How is he connected to this story? Did they just go door-to-door looking for someone who hates cops to give them a quote?

Maybe they did. But don’t worry, they evened things out with another quote from someone else no one has ever heard of.
Others believed the incident will test the leadership of [Police Chief William] Bratton.

"This is his first big test," said Vickie Goolsby, 43. "But it's going to take time to change things, because he's got too many corrupt police officers on the force."
Even the positive quote is pretty negative. Who the hell is Vickie Goolsby? And how would she know anything about how many cops are corrupt? This is indicative of how this story is going to be treated on the major news networks.

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