He was shocked twice by 50,000 volt tasers which is enough power to put any man down. But then was repeatedly hit by batons or night sticks. He was struck a total of 56 times before they stopped. (Wikipedia 1). But as this was occurring a bystander just happened to have a video camera and capture one of the most famous films in history... displayed 300 characters
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Many thought that the police had taken too extreme of measures in responding to the situation. The public took notice and so did the courts. On March 15, 1992 four officers of the LAPD were indicted on charges of "assault by force likely to produce great bodily injury" and with assault "under color of authority... displayed next 300 characters
The social impact was that riots broke out everywhere in the city; as well as African-Americans not trusting the officers anymore. They felt like there was no equality in regards to simple things like traffic stops...
More than 40 people died after being struck by US police tasers, bringing to more than 70 the total number of such deaths reported since 2001. While coroners generally attributed cause of death to factors such as drug intoxication, in at least five cases they found the taser played a role...
If it hadn't been Rodney King, it might well have been something else that caused so much destruction and rage. And even today, the truth about King's case is far more elusive than it seemed at the time...
The conceptual definition for Tasers in this study is defined as an electrical device used to control an unwilling subject. The operational definition for Taser is a weapon primarily designed to disrupt a subject's central nervous system by means of deploying electrical energy sufficient to cause uncontrolled muscle contractions and override and individual's voluntary motor responses...
The use of stun guns have also helped to save many lives that would otherwise could have led to the use of deadly force. If a person is threatening another or the officer with a weapon, before stun guns came along an officer usually had to use his firearm to bring down a suspect...
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