O.J. Detective Mark Fuhrman: Rodney King beating ‘is what happens’ when choke holds are banned
Former Los Angeles detective Mark Fuhrman, in a documentary that aired this week, blamed the Rodney King beating on rules preventing police officers from choking suspects.
While examining the history that led up to the O.J. Simpson case, ESPN’s “30 For 30” documentary series O.J.: Made In America recalled how the 1991 beating of Rodney King opened the nation’s eyes to the LAPD’s treatment of the black community.
But Fuhrman, whose racist language is often blamed for derailing the case against Simpson, argued that King’s beating could have been prevented if the choke hold procedure had not been banned in the early 1980s.
“This is what happens when you take away a tool that would have ended this in 10 seconds: choke hold,” the frequent Fox News guest opined.
Watch the video below from ESPN, broadcast June 14, 2016.