By Jerome H Skolnick
The now-famous videotape of the thrashing of Rodney King triggered a countrywide outcry opposed to police violence. Skolnick and Fyfe, of the nation's most sensible specialists on legislation enforcement, use the incident to introduce a revealing old research of such violence and the level of its survival in legislation enforcement at the present time.
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The thirty-three-year-old, recently married former rugby player, general manager of a local office of Rescue Rooter, a national plumbing company, hadn’t had time to load it until March 2, the day before one of his employees was scheduled to run in the Los Angeles marathon. M. M. by a blast of siren noise and screeching rubber. The racket was coming from Foothill Boulevard, the main thoroughfare of a middle-class, ethnically mixed Los Angeles exurb with a population about 60 percent Latino, 10 percent black, and the rest Asian and white.
Brown, Raymond Davis, Charles Gain, George Hart, Peter Sarna, Paul Walters, and Hubert Williams for showing him around the world of policing and police administration; Susan Martin for teaching him about women and policing; Robert Fogelson for introducing him to police history; Robert Reiner and Hans Klette for their colleagueship in England and Scandinavia; Abraham S. Goldstein, whose 1959–60 Yale Law School criminal procedure seminar made him recognize the importance of cops to the American system of criminal justice; and Richard D.
Consequently, they did not believe the New York cop. Most of the first American jurors, however, credited the woman’s testimony despite her acknowledgment that she had been hysterical, and voted to convict the mugger. Had the woman not seen the mugging, and had she not corroborated the policeman’s testimony, the mugger would have walked out of the courtroom, free to find other victims. It’s not that jurors in the first America are less susceptible to bias than those in the second—its just that they nullify different kinds of evidence.
Above the Law. Police and the Excessive Use of Force by Jerome H Skolnick