The defense attorney in the first trial of the policemen charged with beating Rodney King argued…
The defense attorney in the first trial of the policemen
charged with beating Rodney King argued roughly: If a suspect who is totally
uncooperative is hit once by a policeman, then that’s not unnecessary force.
Nor twice, if he’s resisting. Possibly three times. If he’s still resisting,
shouldn’t the policeman have the right to hit him again? It would be dangerous
not to allow that. So you can’t tell me exactly how many times a policeman has
to hit a suspect before it’s unnecessary force. So the policeman did not use
unnecessary force. Explain why this is bad reasoning, even though it did
convince the jury.