By Jerome H Skolnick
The now-famous videotape of the thrashing of Rodney King brought about a countrywide outcry opposed to police violence. Skolnick and Fyfe, of the nation's best specialists on legislation enforcement, use the incident to introduce a revealing old research of such violence and the level of its survival in legislations enforcement this present day.
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Hurled Jessie across the room, grabbed him by the hair, forced him to lie down on the floor with his knee on Jessie’s neck and handcuffed him. Police kicked him and smashed his face into the floor. The officers laughed and sneered: they told him they had him where they wanted him. ” Jessie sustained a broken nose during the incident. His knees required arthroscopic surgery, and neck surgery was recommended to alleviate the headaches which have persisted since the incident. ” Upon approaching, she was seized by her waist-long hair and arm and thrown face first to the floor where she, too, was handcuffed.
Among those who showed him by example what it meant to be a good cop —or a good boss —there are Joe Barcia, Neil Behan, Joe Benson, Dick Condon, Walter Connery, Marty Delehanty, John Dovnar, Pete Edelberg, Pat Fitzsimons, Kenny Gooding, Larry Hanratty, Jerry Kerins, Eddie Lanzetta, Frank McGee, Bob McGuire, Bill McInerney, Tom McTernan, Vernon Musgrove, George Najarian, Bob O’Neill, Charley Reuther, Carl Sicignano, Dick Sullivan, Fred Thomas, and George Weinert. Although they were neither cops nor bosses, Betsy Gotbaum and Jean Michael were among the best of Fyfe’s police partners.
They voted accordingly. The moral of these stories? America is a divided nation, and cops are perched perilously on the divide. The Los Angeles rioters, those who burned buildings, smashed windowpanes, and beat innocent motorists, were mostly angry young black men, the “Boyz ’n the Hood” portrayed in John Singleton’s compelling movie about life in south central Los Angeles. None of the young men shown in that movie aspire to industrial jobs. William Julius Wilson explains how the black community in America has been transformed between the Martin Luther King crusade for social justice and the beating of Rodney King: The most fundamental change is that many poor black neighborhoods today are no longer organized around work.