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Presumed Guilty: The Tragedy of the Rodney King Affair Hardcover – October 25, 1992


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  • Hardcover: 269 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing, Inc.; First Edition edition (October 25, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895265079
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895265074
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #468,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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35 of 44 people found the following review helpful By J. Reynolds on September 12, 2002
Format: Hardcover
The crux of this account is Stacey Koon's observation that when ALL of the evidence (and not just a few seconds of videotape, punctuated by activist oratory) was lawfully presented to a trial jury, and explained in a reasonable fashion, the jury determined that the officers were not guilty of the primary crime with which they had been charged. Everything after that was society's emotional reaction based upon irresponsible media inflammatory over-dosage.
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 23, 1998
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Koon provides his side of events in a way that is surprisingly convincing. Moreover, the book (though sometime redundant in its accounts) is a brisk read. The courtroom sequences bring to mind a Grisham page-turner.
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27 of 36 people found the following review helpful By J. Kane on October 22, 1999
Format: Hardcover
If you were shocked by the video of the LAPD beating Rodney King in 1991; if you were dumbfounded by the trial that found the police officers innocent of wrongdoing; if you cheered when Rodney King was awarded a multimillion dollar settlement from the city of Los Angeles; READ THIS BOOK! In fact, anyone interested in learning the truth about the "Rodney King beating" should read this book. It is an insightful exposure of media frenzy at it's worst and clearly illustrates the fact that a picture (in this case a video) is not an argument.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Gordon on September 13, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I know a number of people who actually knew Sergeant Koon when he was on the police department. His reputation, both in terms of character and professionalism, was stellar. I also actually watched the entire trial held in state court. If one was to be objective and impartial, one would understand why the jury came back with not guilty verdicts. The defense did not simply win, they demolished the prosecution. The testimony of two of the most important witnesses, one a member of the LAPD command staff who had authored the agency's use of force policy and the other, an LAPD sergeant who was a world renowned use of force expert, was riveting. The entire trial is no doubt available at many university libraries.

Frame by frame, the author of the policy delineated each and every strike that had violated the policy that he had written. The problem was, it had been years since he had made an arrest and he had never made an arrest under the policy that he had developed and instituted. Conversely, the use of force expert, after exhaustively relating his impeccable credentials, went frame by fame articulating why each and every strike was executed pursuant to the existing policy, a dictate that exceeded the state's requirements. It was no contest. Of these two critically important witnesses, the sergeant had buried the commander.

Over my thirty year career in law enforcement, I had been involved in a number of violent arrests. One that occurred in Oklahoma City at the site of the federal building bombing involved the arrest of a black man who had penetrated the secured crime scene. In the waste band of his pants, he carried a fully loaded semiautomatic hand gun. When encountered, he immediately and unexpectedly started viciously fighting.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ronald Brackney on May 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Those who see Stacy Koon's book cover will notice "with Robert Deitz" as
co-author. Subsequent to this book, Mr. Deitz, (author, editor, reporter), details in his own book, "Willful Injustice," the later Federal trial that Mr. Koon and others in the case were subjected to and the under-handed tactics used by the Federal prosectors. This book gives further evidence of the distortions used to
pursue the police in this case and is also a very good read. I post this as I don't think too many people are aware of this additional excellent book on the case.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 4, 1998
Format: Hardcover
The author, a Los Angeles police sergeant, describes events leading up to the managed and controlled use of force that made Rodney King, a convicted felon on parole, a household name. After reading the book, you see that King was just another criminal - a drunk driver who fled from the police and got thumped not becasue he was black but becasue he resisted arrest. The real crime, apart from those committed by King, appears to be the biased reporting by the media.
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18 of 25 people found the following review helpful By The Orange Duke on July 23, 2002
Format: Hardcover
An excellent well-written defense of the infamous police who beat Rodney King. Koon, of course, was the Sgt. in charge at the scene, so he can hardly be considered to be an unbiased source. He makes his case with some skill, and he is able to present himself successfully as a sympathetic character. He points out that most of those who condemn him out of hand really have no idea what went on that night. He lays his defense out carefully and goes point by point explaining his own thinking and his perception of what happened. Koon emphasizes his belief that King was on PCP and his contention that if the police had been able to employ a chokehold the whole incident would never have occurred. He also takes a few well aimed shots at his old boss, the controversial Police Chief Darrel Gates... He also makes a deft attack on the media's evident bias against him, and ruefully points out that the media's `public person' defense of their actions was self created since they made Koon a `public person'. He also rightly points out that the Federal Case was double jeopardy. One need not be convinced by the argument to appreciate the importance of the book. The picture on the back with Koon looking sorrowful and sheepish though, is a bit much.
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