Blatant media dishonesty caused the LA Riots with its 63 deaths, 2383 injured1. The first 13 seconds were quietly omitted from the viral video, in addition to the usual silence about Rodney King’s prior criminal records, drug use, the high speed chase. Resistance to arrest and Rodney King’s attack on police were visible in the “accidentally” omitted 13 seconds of the video (where King violently attacked police). Even today, the full video is hard to find, only on VK and, surprisingly, on YouTube. Similarly, in 2020, while hundreds of cities in the US and the world burn, police body cam and other videos about the deadly George Floyd arrest are simply withheld for months on end. Quite likeley these videos are also exculpatory and would show that all rioting is actually pointless.
To maintain the lying media narrative of senseless police brutality, the first 13 seconds of the video had to be edited away: Rodney King getting up and violently attacking police. This would show that beating the joints is the most humane method to subdue a potentially armed felon and to avoid shooting him. 25 years later, the lying media narrative still is pervasive.
Standard MSM videos of Rodney King beating and LA riots
Of course, none of the Main Stream Media (MSM) videos shows the ignored first 13 seconds where King gets up and violently attacks police.
None of them mentions that the beating always stopped when King did not try to get up. The beating was the last resort, before shooting King, because 4 police with tasers could not subue him.
It remains a secret that King’s car had 2 black passengers that obeyed police orders, surrendered and were unharmed.
Some commenters say that King was “unarmed”. This is dishonest, he was potentially armed. It is dishonest to forget to clarify that police were unable to pat down and handcuff an uncontrollably violent Rodney King. They could not be sure that Rodney King was unarmed and thus had to treat him like an armed felon.
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[…] It turns out, for example, Floyd didn’t die of asphyxiation. According to the Hennepin County medical examiner’s report cited in the criminal complaint charging Officer Derek Chauvin with murder, he died of a heart attack. The autopsy also found Floyd had fentanyl in his system, had recently used methamphetamine, had coronary artery disease and hypertensive heart disease. Two weeks ago, this would have been another COVID-19 death. […]
Again, according to Nexis, Floyd’s armed robbery conviction has been fleetingly mentioned only once on ABC News and once on Fox News.
The other reason some of us are waiting for all the facts can be summed up with two words: Rodney King.
That arrest looked pretty bad, too. The jury forewoman on the first trial said that when she saw the King video on television, “I was revulsed. … I thought they were hitting that poor man too hard and too long.”
But at the trial a year later, she got to see the 13 seconds of video that had been deliberately edited out by the media: the 6-foot-4, 240-pound King rising like a phoenix and charging at one of the officers.
The video that played on an endless loop on TV showed only the tail end of the encounter, when officers were whacking King with their batons.
In fact, however, the beating was the officers’ last resort for subduing King, who’d just led them on a high-speed car chase, at times reaching speeds of up to 115 mph, drawing several police cars and a police helicopter.
Once stopped, King’s two (black) passengers exited the car and got on the ground, as instructed. They went home without a scratch that night.
But King leapt out and began dancing and babbling, crouching, kneeling, laughing and waving to the police helicopter overhead. Both the officers and King’s passengers believed he was high on angel dust.
The senior officer, Sgt. Stacey Koon, ordered the officers to back away and holster their guns. He didn’t want to risk a fatal encounter. […]
Not only the jurors, but nearly everyone who saw the first trial ended up supporting the acquittal, including Roger Parloff, a liberal legal reporter who sat through most of the trial for the American Lawyer, and Lou Cannon, who covered it for the Washington Post. The renowned (black) economist Walter Williams was shocked by “the news media’s dereliction and deception” in their editing of the tape.
All this is detailed in my book Mugged: Racial Demagoguery from the Seventies to Obama, but at the time, the public knew none of it, thanks to our activist media.
The endlessly played Rodney King video hid the same part of Floyd’s arrest that’s being withheld today. Doesn’t anyone else wonder how Floyd ended up on the ground? Where are those videos?
Rodney King, LA Riots: Important Links
- How Media Manipulation Made Both The Rodney King Case And The LA Riots
- Rodney King And Cops—The 90s Version Of Ferguson
- Rodney King: A cop’s perspective
- Rodney King, President George H.W. Bush, and the War on Cops
- Solid Gold Study of the 1992 Rodney King Riot
- We Used to Shoot Looters #1:
Deterring crime, mayhem, arson, and war can be an act of love . Deterring violence with credible threats of government violence means protection of innocent victims, and even of potential rioters.
- We Used to Shoot Looters #2:
Now we give them “space.” The riots, looting, and arson in Baltimore are yet another case of what began as a demonstration against alleged police misconduct but turned into violence. It was not political protest. People who want better treatment from the police don’t set fire to retirement homes, try to break into ATM machines, or burn down drug stores.
1992 Los Angeles riots | Wikipedia
Not even Christian fundamentalists assail deceit, lies, and omissions, no demands for sincerity and honesty. Political correctness is so virtuous, it is called virtue …