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June 10, 1993
In response to the article (May 29) regarding the long prison terms urged for Sgt. Stacey Koon and Officer Lawrence Powell,, the Los Angeles police officers convicted in April of violating Rodney King's civil rights: I have a suggestion for the federal prosecutors: Go visit Koon and his family and Powell and his family on a Sunday afternoon; sit down with them and ask them how their lives have been for the past two years. Haven't these men and their families suffered enough? Seven to 10 years!
May 20, 1992
A group of Latino community leaders Tuesday called for the release of a Los Angeles Police Department training video showing Sgt. Stacey Koon kicking a Latino man in the groin, and demanded an investigation into the incident. In his yet-to-be published book, Koon said the video "was to become a legend in its own time." It shows Koon kicking a man whom he said was under the influence of PCP. Koon was acquitted last month of excessive force charges in the beating of motorist Rodney G. King.
July 29, 1993
Lawyers for two Los Angeles police officers convicted of violating Rodney G. King's civil rights have completed their recommendations on sentencing, taking sharp issue with the prosecution's position that both men should serve long prison terms. Although lawyers for Sgt. Stacey C. Koon and Officer Laurence M. Powell are filing their documents under seal, they said their positions are far different from those advanced by prosecutors.
September 11, 1994
Robin Klein, a former police officer and current police psychologist, complains (Letters, Sept. 4) that every officer he counsels has the same concern: They would love to serve and protect, but fear prison and are frustrated by being hand- cuffed. Anyone with a modicum of understanding of the intent of our Founding Fathers realizes that they intended to restrict police powers because they feared the alternative more than they feared crime or a frustrated police force. Police officers take an oath of office to uphold the Constitution and the law, and then many immediately see those very instruments as their enemy because they make the arrest and prosecution of the "guilty" difficult, and they demand police accountability.
May 20, 1991
I read with great surprise Stacey Koon's twisted logic in his assessment of why Daryl Gates must resign ("It's Time for Gates to Step Down," Commentary, May 12). Koon makes no reference to the violation of Rodney King's civil rights or the violent and unnecessary beating he received. Koon was the officer on the scene who had direct responsibility for this crime, not Gates. I believe that Gates should be removed but not for confusing himself with the police department. Gates has fostered an attitude that the LAPD is a white man's police force whose responsibility is to suppress the minority communities of Los Angeles.
June 2, 1992
So, Powell is to be the sacrificial lamb? I hope that his certain conviction placates everybody--the whites, the blacks, the police, the politicians who are riding the emotional groundswell. Everybody. However, justice will not have been served, for it is the system that has failed, and it is the system that should be on trial. The system has failed Rodney King, who, whatever his infraction, did not deserve an indiscriminate pummeling. The system has failed Powell, who should have been better trained by the Los Angeles Police Department, and better controlled by his supervisor, Sgt. Stacey Koon.
June 26, 1994
How dare you compare or even associate "the Rodney G. King beating" with some of the most horrific crimes in California, if not U.S. history? ("Rogues' Valley: The Life and Times of the Valley's Most Notorious Villains," June 15). To categorize Laurence Powell and Stacey Koon with the demented, devious Charles Manson, Kenneth Bianchi, Angelo Buono and the like is completely unfair, to say the least. One can argue all day long about the Rodney King incident and the subsequent convictions of Powell and Koon.
April 22, 1993 | From Associated Press
Officers at the station where the officers involved in the Rodney G. King beating once served said they collected $20,000 for families of the two Los Angeles policemen convicted of violating King's civil rights. "We got over $10,000 in the first 24 hours (after Saturday's convictions) from officers and citizens," said Sgt. Tom Smart, who works at the Police Department's Foothill Division. "Regardless of what you think about what happened, it's just for the families," Smart said. Sgt.
October 15, 1992 | GARY LIBMAN
Stacey Koon, one of the Los Angeles Police Department officers acquitted in the Rodney King beating case, is launching a national publicity tour for his new book. "Presumed Guilty: The Tragedy of the Rodney King Affair" is scheduled to be released Monday by Regnery Gateway, a Washington publisher that tends to choose books with a conservative view. (A number of publishers turned the book down because of its "political slant," says the publisher's managing editor, Megan Butler.
April 20, 1993
Much has been made of the arrogance, swagger and shades of bigotry displayed by Sgt. Stacey Koon during the months that preceded his conviction. My own recollection of the officer, based on an experience that took place five years before the beating of Rodney King, conflicts with these impressions. It was while doing research for the television series "Hill Street Blues" in May, 1986, that I spent six memorable hours with Koon, riding alongside him through the streets of South-Central, noting everything from how he approached and apprehended suspects to where he placed his pencil.
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