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GUEST,josepp Obit: Rodney King (26) RE: Obit: Rodney King 18 Jun 12

Sawzaw forgot the part where King lay flat on the ground and Briseno walked up and stomped on the back of his head. Of course, that is standard police procedure when dealing with black suspects--especially in LA.

What you see on the tape is clearly not what Sawzaw describes. It is rookie cop initiation time. During such an incident, rookie white cops will be ordered by veteran white cops to turn a black suspect into a punching bag as well as a kicking bag, a clubbing bag and a stomping bag. Failure to do so, is duly noted and the rookie can expect no promotion. Desperate to please the veteran cops the rookies generally will lay into the suspect in hopes of winning the veterans' praise. In the video, the rookies can be seen running up, clubbing, kicking and running back again so others can take their turns. Standard LAPD operating procedure. The subject during these "training exercises" will always be black. When you're the rookie and the veteran looks over at you and says, "I think it's time," get ready to kick this black man's ass all over hell's half-acre and make it good so the vet can brag about you back at the precinct house. Don't embarrass him.

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