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The skin of the man lying on the ground was dark by nature his original pigmentation made darker still by the impact of repeated blows from four nightsticks Four nightsticks held by four sets of hands with pigmentation of a lighter degree A crowd of about a dozen or so stood by casually their nightsticks idle as they watched the scene unfold a scene that would end with a final score of nightsticks 56 victim 0 Dempsey 1994 This particular scene was not an occurrence from Americas turbulent 1960s however much it might resemble an event from that era Nor was it a vigilante incident from the frontier days of Americas wild and untamed west The scene described above is circa late twentieth century America Los Angeles California in March of 1991 to be exact Dempsey 1994 This scene a scene that a passerby happened to capture while out experimenting with his new video camera was to be replayed countless times across the screens of Americas television sets during the coming weeks This scene which depicted the assault of California resident Rodney King by four Los Angeles police officers told a shocked America that all was not well within its law enforcement system This scene followed by a trial in which all four officers were acquitted attested to the fact that despite a number of reforms and improvement measures corruption still exists in Americas police departments Dempsey 1994 The history of the organized police force is a checkered one and it is a concept that dates back to the days of the early Romans emperors One of these emperors Augustus established one of the earliest law enforcement organizations known to the world about the time Jesus Christ was born Dempsey 1994 The sole purpose of this organization known as the Praetorian Guard was the protection of the emperor and palace Augustus followed this organization with the formation of the
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