Koon lashes out at Briseno in TV interview

April 20, 1993|By Los Angeles Times

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles police Sgt. Stacey Koon, convicted along with Officer Laurence M. Powell in the Rodney G. King civil rights trial, alleged yesterday that acquitted co-defendant Officer Theodore J. Briseno is a "coward," a "rat" and a "traitor."

Koon said that Officer Briseno, who broke ranks with his colleagues during an earlier state trial and testified that the policemen were "out of control" when they beat Mr. King, is "out for his own interests."

"He'll do whatever he has to do to save his own skin," Koon said during a televised interview on the Fox network's "A Current Affair" program, for which he was paid.

Koon was the highest ranking officer on the scene when Mr. King was beaten during a 1991 arrest that was videotaped by an amateur cameraman and broadcast worldwide. He and Powell, were convicted Saturday of violating Mr. King's rights.

Asked what sentence he expects to receive next August, Koon said "there's probably a very good chance of going to jail . . . That's not a pleasant thought."

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