Why do people not believe police brutality

Maybe they "believe" in it because it actually exists.


November 5, 2011: Danny Rodriguez, 28, was fatally shot by Officer Richard Chrisman in Phoenix during a domestic disturbance at their home. Rodriguez picked up a bicycle from the living room and Chrisman then shot him twice. Chrisman also shot Rodriguez's pit bull. Chrisman was charged with second-degree murder, aggravated assault, and animal cruelty. In 2013, Chrisman was convicted of the lesser charge of manslaughter and aggravated assault, and was sentenced to 7 years of prison.[1]


December 25, 1951: Roughly fifty Los Angeles Police Department officers participated in the beating of seven Latino men at a police station. This so-called Bloody Christmas event was fictionalized in James Ellroy's L.A. Confidential.[2]

1986: Michael Zinzun became involved in a scuffle with police when attending the scene of an arrest, and was permanently blinded in one eye. He won a $1.2 million settlement as a result.[3]

March 3, 1991: Rodney King's arrest and beating by officers of the Los Angeles Police Department was videotaped by a bystander. Four law enforcement officers—Stacey Koon, Laurence Powell, Timothy Wind, and Theodore Briseno—were charged locally with assault and other charges, of which they were acquitted, leading to the 1992 Los Angeles riots. King accepted a $3.8 million settlement in his civil lawsuit against the city, while the officers were later charged in federal court of violating King's civil rights. Two of them were convicted.[4]

August 25, 1995: Wayne Calvin Byrd II along with four other associates were beaten and arrested by the Los Angeles Police Department's CRASH unit in the Marina Del Rey community of West Los Angeles.[5] Although attempts were made by the City of Los Angeles to settle the case, several Pacific Division Los Angeles Police Department officers, including Officer Ramirez, Officer Villalpando, Officer Damiano, and Officer Williams were found guilty of various civil rights violations, including false imprisonment.[6] All charges against the four victims were eventually dropped.

October 12, 1996: Javier Ovando was shot and paralyzed by LAPD Officer Rafael Pérez and his partner Nino Durden. The two officers planted a gun on the unarmed gang member and testified that Ovando shot first. The truth was revealed in 1999 as part of the Rampart investigation, and in the largest police misconduct settlement in city history, Javier Ovando was awarded $15 million in November 2000.[7]

June–July 2000: A string of incidents of police misconduct by a group of officers from the Oakland Police Department known as "the Oakland Riders" came to light.[8] 119 people pressed civil rights lawsuits for unlawful beatings and detention, ultimately settling for $11 million with an agreement that the Oakland Police Department would implement significant reforms.[9] Although all of the police officers involved were terminated, three were later acquitted of criminal charges while one fled to Mexico to avoid prosecution.[10]

July 6, 2002: Video footage taken by a tourist showed 16-year-old Donovan Jackson being beaten by officers from the Inglewood Police Department.[11] In the video, Officer Jeremy Morse is seen repeatedly punching Jackson, and then picking him up and slamming him down on the back of a police car.[12] To date, legal settlements have cost the city of Inglewood over $3 million.[13] Officer Morse was terminated from the force and charged with assault, but the charges against him were dropped after two trials ended with hung juries. His partner, Officer Bijan Darvish, was suspended and charged with filing a false police report, but was acquitted by a jury.[14]

December 23, 2004: Juan Herrera was shot and killed by Officer Ron Furtado after a car pursuit in Buena Park, California. Officer Furtado claimed that Herrera was reaching for a gun. Herrera's family sued and hired a forensic expert who was prepared to testify otherwise. However, the city settled with the Herrera family for $5 million. Officer Furtado was not charged.[15]

January 1, 2009: Oscar Grant was shot in the back and killed by BART Police Officer Johannes Mehserle while on the ground at a train station in Oakland, California. Initially charged with second-degree murder, Mehserle was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter. He made an apology to Grant's family while he was on trial. On November 5, 2010, Mehserle was sentenced to two years, minus time served, with the possibility of being paroled after about 1 year.[16] Mehserle was released on June 13, 2011 after serving 11 months. Grant's family accepted a $1.5 million settlement from the city.

May 13, 2009: Officers from the El Monte Police Department were involved in a vehicle pursuit of suspect Richard Rodriguez. Rodriguez stopped, exited the car, and ran. Shortly afterward, Officer George Fierro cornered him at a dead-end street. It is alleged that when Rodriguez laid on the ground, Officer Fierro kicked Rodriguez in the head and gave a high-five to three other officers who arrived immediately afterward. The entire scene was captured on videoand later publicized. Officer Fierro was subsequently suspended.[17]

July 5, 2011: Kelly Thomas was a 37-year-old homeless man suffering from schizophrenia and living on the streets of Fullerton, California. He was fatally beaten by members of the Fullerton Police Department. He died from his injuries on the 10th of July 2011. Unarmed and mentally ill, Thomas was shocked with tasers and beaten with flashlights by up to six police officers. An investigation into the beating has been launched and the FBI has become involved. A protest over the beating was held outside the Fullerton Police Department on 18 July 2011.[18] Four officers have been suspended and two have been charged with second degree murder and manslaughter. Proceedings concluded on January 13, 2014 with both Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli being found not guilty of any criminal charges.

November 18, 2011: UC Davis pepper-spray incident. During an Occupy movement protest at the University of California, Davis campus, a group of protesters who were seated on a paved path were pepper-sprayed by UC Davis Police officer John Pike. On September 26, 2012, The University of California announced its decision to offer $30,000 to each of 21 plaintiffs who were pepper-sprayed by John Pike, according to a proposed settlement of a class-action lawsuit. UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi apologized to the students, saying that the police had acted against her orders for there to be no arrests and no use of force.[19][20]

April 4, 2014: Former West Sacramento police officer Sergio Alvarez was sentenced to 205 years on 18 counts of kidnapping and sexually assaulting women while he was on duty during the "graveyard shift." In a letter to the court, Alvarez's estranged wife Rachael Alvarez stated: "Sergio Alvarez was the fire that destroyed my family’s home," while West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon described the crimes as "reprehensible." The 38-year-old Alvarez was sentenced by Judge Timothy Fall for "forced oral copulation and rape," kidnapping, and "rape and oral copulation under color of authority."[21]

July 1, 2014: California Highway Patrol officer Daniel Andrew repeatedly punched Marlene Pinnock, a 51-year-old bipolar woman, near the side of a freeway in Los Angeles. In September 2014, Pinnock received $1.5 million after a lawsuit was settled against the CHP, and Andrew agreed to resign from his job. Criminal charges against Andrew are pending.[22]

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