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The Rodney King beating

  • Police chief wants 3 officers prosecuted in Rodney King beating

    Police chief wants 3 officers prosecuted in Rodney King beating

    Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl F. Gates, reacting to controversy that has prompted calls for his dismissal, recommended felony prosecution Thursday for three officers who participated in the videotaped beating of a man. The chief also promised to discipline a sergeant and as many as 11 other officers...

  • Impact of Rodney King beating deals a blow to officers' image

    Impact of Rodney King beating deals a blow to officers' image

    Dennis Azevedo, a veteran officer with the Los Angeles Police Department's Harbor Division, was carrying out routine duty--serving subpoenas at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. But as he strode through a crowded waiting room, the uniformed officer could sense, as he would later recall, "a lot of animosity."...

  • Majority says police brutality is common

    Los Angeles residents overwhelmingly believe that police used excessive force in arresting Rodney G. King and that instances of police brutality are commonplace, a Los Angeles Times Poll has found. Nearly two-thirds of those polled, including a majority of Anglos, said they believe incidents of...

  • 2 views of Rodney King drawn by lawyers

    2 views of Rodney King drawn by lawyers

    The attorney for one of four officers implicated in the beating of Rodney G. King broke from his colleagues Thursday, telling jurors that the officers who wielded their batons were "out of control" and that his client, Theodore J. Briseno, had tried to stop them from repeatedly kicking and pummeling...

  • All 4 in King beating acquitted

    All 4 in King beating acquitted

    Four Los Angeles police officers won acquittals Wednesday in their trial for the beating of black motorist Rodney G. King, igniting renewed outrage over a racially charged case that had triggered a national debate on police brutality. Hours after the verdicts were announced, angry demonstrators...

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