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Respecting juries.
Authored by: rsteinmetz70112 on Monday, September 24 2012 @ 01:34 PM EDT
From the Wikipedia article on Rodney King:

Four police officers from the LAPD who took part in the incident were later
tried in the Los Angeles County Superior Court for their conduct during the
incident, and the case was given a change of venue to Simi Valley, in Ventura
County. Three of the police officers were acquitted, and the jury failed to
reach a verdict regarding the fourth police officer. The acquittals are
generally considered to have triggered the 1992 Los Angeles riots, in which 53
people were killed, and over two thousand were injured. The riots ended only
after soldiers from the United States Army National Guard, along with United
States Marines from nearby Camp Pendleton, California, were called in to assist
local authorities and quell the riots.

The United States federal government, through the United States District Court
for the Central District of California, stepped in and held a federal trial for
civil rights violations, ending with two of the police officers found guilty,
and subsequently imprisoned. The other two officers were acquitted.

There have been similar cases around the country.

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