The Rodney king case is not the only one that needs to be considered there have been many occasions where the law enforcement agencies have been caught in situations which pertain to some kind of illegality. Some of the common forms of violations have been those relating to drugs. In 1998 a report given by the general accounting office states examples of publicly open dealings in drug related police corruption.
This further went on to indicate that several police officers were involved in activities such as: searching for drugs without permit, stealing drugs from drug dealers, selling drugs, providing false testimonies and protecting drug operations. (Byres, 2002) One must analyze why those in power feel that they can get away with neglecting their most basic responsibility of being ethical. Ethics are an important fundamental aspect in the criminal justice system and will always remain so which is precisely why the police is always under constant media watch.
This situation cannot be avoided either as the law enforcement agencies are suppose to be the exemplary models in society. If they are not able to perform ethically then how do they expect others to follow in their foot steps? Therefore the study of ethics within the law enforcement agencies is of utmost importance so that there is no contradiction. A conscious effort to abuse ones power is driven by social acceptances and this needs to be changed if a difference is to be made.
We cannot just blindly blame the legal system for all the dilemmas that are being faced as every facet of society has contributed to this unseeingly simplistic issue. Much research is required in regard to why there should be such a rift. (Byers, 2002) Similarly in the Rodney king case we must analyze the situation from the prosecutors as well as the defendants side, so as to ensure a freedom from biasness. Some critics are of the notion that the way the scene was depicted was entirely different from reality.
The prosecutor who was also African American stated that Rodney was beaten not on the basis of his race but on the severity of his actions. Fact of the matter is the video was edited which made the fault look completely one sided whilst deliberately undermining the stance of the police officers who were not resorting to violence but gradually testing their patience in order to subdue the unwavering man who was indeed intoxicated and dangerous. His friends got off the car without any hesitation whilst king took his due time and started making a mockery of the whole situation by swinging his buttocks at a female officer.
That is when Stacey Koon intervened and decided that it wasn’t going to be easy subduing King knowing that he was an ex convict and capable of inflicting harm. When King did not comply to giving himself in Koon ordered four other policemen to jump on him but King was too strong and he tossed officer Briseno and Powell. As a last resort Koon used his electric stun gun which also did not seem to subdue him as he quickly got to his feet and charged at Officer Powell. Koons efforts to take King down without any force lasted for several minutes and that time period was never videotaped.
The video only begins when King gets up after the electric shock and is charging towards Powell and then gets hit on the right side of his face by Powell’s baton. This footage was of three seconds followed subsequently by 10 seconds of blurry images of shifting feet. From their onwards the entire footage shows the cops doing whatever they can to subdue him. The entire footage was of 81 seconds but it was cut down to 68 seconds eliminating the blurry scenes and the scene where King is seen charging towards the cops. Obviously this was done for the convenience of the media. (Canon, 1999)