March 4, 2001
The Cameraman] Jolted out of bed by police sirens and helicopters on March 3, 1991, George Holliday grabbed his new Sony Handycam and, from the balcony of his Lake View Terrace apartment, recorded nine minutes of footage that included the King beating. The grainy video, first broadcast on KTLA-TV Channel 5, was soon transmitted to networks worldwide.
March 4, 2001 |
It changed Los Angeles and forced a nation to again confront the issues of racism and police brutality. To African Americans, the videotaped images of police officers pummeling a black man was see-it-for-yourself proof of the street justice they had long complained about receiving at the hands of the Los Angeles Police Department. For once, they weren't ignored. With outrage extending all the way to the White House, Los Angeles first reeled, and then demanded reform. Police Chief Daryl F.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 2000 |
The participants in Sunday's violent confrontation between police and protesters outside Parker Center clashed again Monday, as both sides accused the other of violence and hair-trigger reactions to provocation. Although the Los Angeles Police Department declined to make official comment pending a complete review of the incident, some officers defended their use of batons and rubber projectiles against demonstrators who, according to the LAPD, taunted, defied and pelted officers with debris.
February 14, 2000 |
Anti-gang officers in the Los Angeles Police Department's Rampart Division routinely and unnecessarily punched, kicked, choked and otherwise beat suspects in an effort to intimidate the gangs that the officers were charged with policing, according to confidential investigative documents and interviews.
October 20, 1999 |
Long before the current scandal erupted in the Los Angeles Police Department's Rampart Division, top commanders had clear warnings that some of their elite, anti-gang officers lacked adequate supervision and were engaged in serious misconduct, including wrongly beating suspects and filing false reports.
September 18, 1999 |
Federal authorities said Friday that their civil rights investigation into the expanding Los Angeles Police Department corruption scandal is also focusing on the February 1998 beating of a handcuffed suspect held inside the Rampart station. Brian Hewitt, 34, the officer who allegedly beat the young man, was also involved in one of the station's controversial shootings, which left one man dead and two wounded. Hewitt fired seven of the 10 rounds discharged during the July 1996 incident.