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Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 - Here's A Nobody, Where the Water Is Summary & Analysis

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Sergeant Charles Duke of the Los Angeles Police Department's Special Weapons and Tactics Unit was a defense witness in the federal trials of the police officers involved in the Rodney King beating. He says that Officer Powell was not using his police baton effectively. Powell had no strength or power in his baton strikes because he was not holding it the right way. That is why it took fifty-six baton blows to subdue Rodney King. On the night of the beating, Powell had been to baton training because it was known that he was weak with his baton. Duke thinks Powell should have been taken out of the field until he had taken more instruction in the use of the weapon.

Duke then relates the history of the use of the upper-body-control holds, also known...

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