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.
March 4, 2001 |
The frame jiggles erratically. The coding at the bottom of the grainy black-and-white image says it is March 3, 1991. Now the camera rests and we see a black man writhing in the dirt. We see police officers, sometimes two or three at a time, swinging batons with full force onto his legs, his back, his head. We see him stretch out his hand; we see them strike it. Twice he attempts to rise; we see them stomp him down. The camera pans.
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.
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.
December 27, 1999 |
As the police corruption scandal grows around the Rampart Division, accusations against anti-gang officers in another part of Los Angeles underscore the city's lax handling of misconduct claims through much of the 1990s, including those involving its hard-charging CRASH units.