Los Angeles Times|1 hour ago Four former Minneapolis police officers charged with violating George Floyd’s civil rights are to be arraigned in federal court Tuesday.
Police Officers Exempt From Fifth Amendment “double jeopardy” Protections
The Fifth Amendment creates a number of rights relevant to both criminal and civil legal proceedings. In criminal cases, the Fifth Amendment guarantees the right to a grand jury, forbids ” double jeopardy,” and protects against self-incrimination…
After four Los Angeles police officers were acquitted by a jury in Ventura County in the Rodney King case in April 1992–and after the infamous L.A. riots that followed had settled down–the George H.W. [‘Cop-a-Feel’] Bush Justice Department indicted and tried the four officers on civil rights charge.
There was huge controversy when the federal government interjected themselves the L.A. case after the acquittal, and there is no question that the reason they did so was pure politics. George Bush was already running for re-election in the spring of 1992. The liberals, the pundits, and the black community were outraged. Los Angeles was on fire, and retrying the case seemed like an easy way to mollify those who were angry about the verdict.