- Hardcover: 269 pages
- Publisher: Regnery Publishing, Inc.; First Edition edition (October 25, 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0895265079
- ISBN-13: 978-0895265074
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #400,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Presumed Guilty: The Tragedy of the Rodney King Affair Hardcover – October 25, 1992
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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.Read more ›
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.
This is unquestionably a fascinating story. While this is an easy plot to follow, I do recommend getting some background information before reading this account, because you will better understand Koon's writing.
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Looking at all these 5 star reviews shows me how America truly has a long way to go in terms of race relations. Read morePublished 4 months ago by CarmenJones
It was a perspective on the case I'd never heard before. It really revealed how much the media can spin a case any way they want. Also a very easy read.Published 16 months ago by junglegirl08
There are three points I would like to make: 1. That Koon repeatedly states that he and his co-defendants were found innocent in the first trial. Read morePublished 23 months ago by triton
Amazing book. Just started reading it and immediately interesting. I hardly ever read books but this one is really good. I can't wait to read more.Published on September 11, 2013 by JAY D.
I love that this delves into the other side of the a very well known story. Anyone studying racial disputes should read this as a resource to understand that their is always to... Read morePublished on September 5, 2013 by rcorbin
The book takes you through the events that night and show that King was in fact the aggressor, leaving the officers little choice in dealing with him. Read morePublished on June 25, 2013 by Harborman
This book is great. I found it at Goodwill in layaway for like a buck. I didn't have any particular interest in the topic other than having growing up in Los Angeles as a kid... Read morePublished on August 15, 2011 by B. Coker
When I first saw the home video shot by George Holliday I, like the rest of the world, was shocked at what appeared to be the utter brutality of the beating of Rodney King. Read morePublished on August 29, 2010 by RiverGuide