America's Ugliest Home Videos

Ugliest Home Videos

The tape of Los Angeles lawmen brutalizing Rodney King is not the first to show police taking part in America's ugliest home videos. Across the country, by accident and sometimes by design, cameras have caught law-enforcement officers in a variety of alarming activities, often directed against people in detention. The results have led to felony charges, disciplinary actions and civil lawsuits.

Laguna Beach, Calif. A neighbor across the street from an unruly party on June 17, 1990, recorded a harrowing 90 seconds of violence. Although a car partly blocked the view, an officer can be seen on camera swinging his leg...

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