Rodney King

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'Of course, women whose cervical smear examinations wrongly failed to detect pre-cancerous signs should have been told.' Above, a demonstration at Leinster House. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Policies adopted in response to a public outcry can prove counterproductive in practice. Poor design of incentives for the actors concerned can delive(...)

OJ Simpson at his parole hearing at Lovelock Correctional Center, in Lovelock, Nevada. Photograph: Jason Bean/Reno Gazette-Journa/EPA

Americans took a few hours away from the real-life soap opera of the Trump presidency this week and tuned in to another drama unfolding on the other s(...)

 In 2008, OJ Simpson was convicted and sentenced to 33 years’ imprisonment, with a minimum of nine years without parole for offences including armed robbery and kidnapping. He is serving his sentence at the Lovelock Correctional Centre in Lovelock, Nevada. Photograph:  Issac Brekken-Pool/Getty Images

In 1978, the car rental giants Hertz wanted to create an advertising campaign framed around the theme of speed of service. The original concept – a bu(...)

Literature loves an underdog: Oliver Twist, Lily Bart, Lennie Small, the Tortoise as he gradually overtakes the Hare. Sunil Yapa’s debut novel Your He(...)

NWA

The gangsta rap revival is in full swing. The release later this month of the film Straight Outta Compton, about the life and times of NWA, will sh(...)

‘When the beating of Rodney King (above) was filmed and broadcast, it felt like an extraordinary event.’ Una Mullally  on how  filming acts of violence has become terrifyingly common.  Photograph: J Emilio Flores/The New York Times

Can you remember the first time you saw someone die on a screen? Someone real? I can. It was during the rolling news coverage of 9/11. Sure, we’ve all(...)

 A makeshift memorial at the spot where a homeless man was killed by  police  in downtown Los Angeles. Photograph: Paul Buck/EPA

Police officers shot and killed a homeless man in downtown Los Angeles on Sunday in a dramatic confrontation caught on video. Five officers grappled o(...)

A protester in Philadelphia during a march on Tuesday after  the decision to not indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for the shooting of black teenager Michael Brown. Photograph: Katherine Taylor/The New York Times

Paul McLemore, the first African-American to become a New Jersey state trooper, was on the streets of Newark in 1967 when riots triggered by a police (...)

Policemen extinguish a fire burning a police vehicle near the Ferguson City Hall, in Ferguson, Missouri. Photograph: Alexey Furman/EPA.

The police officer involved in the shooting of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri has said he has a clean conscience over the incident. Darr(...)

A police car burns on the street after a grand jury returned no indictment for police officer Darren Wilson in the August shooting of Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri, late last night.   Photograph: Jim Young/Reuters

Protesters took to the streets in major cities across the US to demonstrate at the decision of a grand jury not to bring charges against a white Misso(...)

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