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Official Negligence : How Rodney King and the Riots Changed Los Angeles and the LAPD Paperback – October 1, 1999
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Taken in the context of the entire story, as reported in "Official Negligence," the police officers were racially railroaded and politically double-jeopardized by a media/legal system that -- once it had seen the film excerpt -- truly never wanted to make any further effort to learn the facts of the case.
This is an important book to read, if for no other reason than to keep you alert from now forward when watching television news. They're going to show you what SELLS, and not necessarily what TELLS.
While the book is a complete coverage of the two Rodney King trials and the Denny trial, there are a few unanswered questions:
Why didn't the Taser shots take down Rodney King?
Was it because he was high on PCP?
What's the best way to take down a large suspect who might be high on PCP?
Would pepper spray work?
Is there a better way to perform the "Swarm Technique"?
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The most interesting parts of this book were the author's focus on the historical events that led up to the 1992 Los Angeles riots. Read morePublished on January 16, 2014 by Sam I Am
It is taking me a long time to read this book, because it is so thick, but so far it is a very interesting read.Published on April 28, 2013 by zanvantae
Official Negligence How rodney king and the roits changed los angeles and the lapd tells about the months leading up to the events of the la roits.Published on September 14, 2012 by daryl pompey
Was the LA Police Department so hard up for recruits that they hired these jokers? Just because they carried a badge and a gun doesn't give them the right to treat any member of... Read morePublished on September 9, 2012 by mummacass
Well researched & written. I lived & worked through the riots and was present at several locations to observe first hand the lack of senior leadership at the command level. Read morePublished on May 31, 2010 by Daniel E. Pugel
This book provides an in-depth study of a case that most people thought they understood. Yet in reality the media failed to tell the "real" story on this nightmare. Read morePublished on March 3, 2010 by Richard M. Aztlan
As a police officer who was actually there when Rodney King was arrested I have to say this is an excellent account of everything that happened. Read morePublished on February 11, 2010 by Christopher Hajduk
A very detailed and seeming honest accounting of the Rodney King beating, the Trials the Riots and the dysfunctional LAPD command. Read morePublished on July 25, 2008 by Avert Inc