Lying Eyes: The Truth Behind the Corruption and Brutality of the LAPD and the Beating of Rodney King

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Former Los Angeles Police Department officer Tom Owens reveals the difficult truths he discovered and enormous changes he underwent in his two-year investigation of police misconduct on behalf of Rodney King. In this excoriating firsthand account, Owens carries the reader through his investigation, often in riveting step-by-step detail, to reveal previously undisclosed information from his personal files. He finds his former employer guilty of institutionalized racism, brutality, and systematic manipulation of ...
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Former Los Angeles Police Department officer Tom Owens reveals the difficult truths he discovered and enormous changes he underwent in his two-year investigation of police misconduct on behalf of Rodney King. In this excoriating firsthand account, Owens carries the reader through his investigation, often in riveting step-by-step detail, to reveal previously undisclosed information from his personal files. He finds his former employer guilty of institutionalized racism, brutality, and systematic manipulation of evidence. Lying Eyes offers a rare personal insight into Rodney King the man, including his responses to Owens' earliest interviews with him. Working in close quarters with Rodney King, Owens depicts a "quiet, shy, hulking man" whose victimization continues to this day. A cry of outrage from the center of the storm, Lying Eyes exposes manipulation by and of the media, political influence and interference, and abuses of power at all levels of government. Owens reviews the histories of violence of the accused, the Simi Valley trial, the resulting riots in which 51 died, and the subsequent federal convictions of Stacy Koon and Laurence Powell, sentenced to a federal facility know as "Club Fed". An insider's view of police life, from training at the Los Angeles Police Academy to the scorn of his former friends, this is a personal story of trust betrayed and a far reaching testimony of deception, violence, and anger.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
As Owens, a private investigator who worked for the Rodney King defense, observes here: ``Almost everyone associated with this case is now a former this or ex-that.'' The list includes L.A. police chief Daryl Gates and King's lawyer Steve Lerman--who has yet to compensate Owens. Milt Grimes, Lerman's replacement, has also been dilatory about paying Owens, resulting in a still unresolved suit and counter-suit. That element of griping, legitimate but ultimately tedious, pervades Owens's book, coauthored with Hollywood screenwriter Browning. Not surprisingly, there are no heroes: King is characterized as ``self-destructive'' and juvenile; the LAPD as callous; George Holliday, whose videotape of the 1991 beating thrust the case into the public eye, as intent on maximizing his video-licensing profits with myriad suits against TV stations that aired his tape without permission. Given the media coverage of the King case, one doubts that there are many readers who will learn anything new here, or even want to rake through these events again. Photos. (Mar.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780790997544
  • Publisher: Book Sales, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1994

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