LAPD: Cops -
In the 1990s, reality TV and the video-verite look of such police shows as
COPS/FOX/1989+ brought a more gritty, in-your-face depiction of life and crime
on the street into the living room of American households.
On such "real" TV moment put the spotlight on the LAPD when Caucasian uniformed
police officers were videotaped beating black motorist Rodney King. The Rodney
King verdict on April 29, 1992 sent a sobering message to the officers of LAPD
when the courts ruled against the conduct of the arresting officers and accused
them of excessive force and unprofessional conduct.