Justice a double-edged sword

Something that is double-edged acts in two ways, often with one negative and one positive effect:

She paid me the double-edged compliment of saying my work was “excellent for a beginner.”

The government’s programme to grow cash crops for export is a double-edged sword because it has created a local food shortage.

Cambridge Dictionary

A double-edged sword/weapon

Something that seems to be good, but that can have a bad effect

Being famous is often a double-edged sword. 

Examples from the Corpus 

• But the potential financial boost is a double-edged sword.
• It’s been said before that being well-known is a double-edged sword.
• Throughout our history, judicial review has been a double-edged sword.
• The competition rules must be regarded as a double-edged sword by businesses.
• That can be a double-edged sword, commercially and artistically.

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English

1 Ex-Baltimore Cop Michael Wood Exposes Police Culture Of Corruption & Abuse (Interview w/ Cenk Uygur)

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Gepubliceerd op 10 jul. 2015

Former U.S. Marine and Baltimore police officer Michael A. Wood, Jr. made headlines when he Tweeted about the abuses he witnessed fellow Baltimore police officers perpetrating. In this interview with The Young Turks’ Cenk Uygur Wood reveals the truth behind the “us vs. them” siege mentality pervading urban police forces that leads to a culture of corruption, racism and abuse, and what can be done to bring change for the better to policing in the United States.

2 Miami Dade Police Choke A Teenager Because He Was Staring At Them


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Gepubliceerd op 29 mei 2013

Fourteen-year-old Tremaine McMillian didn’t threaten police. He didn’t attack them. He wasn’t armed. All the black teenager did was appear threatening by shooting Miami-Dade police officers a few “dehumanizing stares,” and that was apparently enough for the officers to decide to slam him against the ground and put him in a chokehold. During Memorial Day weekend, McMillian was rough-housing with another teenager on the sand. Police approached the teen on an ATV and told him that wasn’t acceptable behavior. They asked him where his parents were, but MicMillian attempted to walk away. The officer jumped off the ATV, and tried to physically restrain the teen. According to CBS Miami, police say the 14-year-old kid gave them “‘dehumanizing stares,’ clenched his fists and appeared threatening.”
McMillian says he was carrying a six-week old puppy at the time and couldn’t have been clenching his fists because he was feeding the dog with a bottle. He claims that during the confrontation the dog’s front left paw was injured while officer forcibly separated him from the dog.
The officer then forced McMillian to the ground and put him in a choke hold.

3 Drop the Case Against Tremaine McMillian


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Gepubliceerd op 20 jun. 2013

On Memorial Day, Miami-Dade police wrestled fourteen-year-old Tremaine McMillian to the ground and put him in a chokehold. What did he do? Clench his fists and give police “dehumanizing stares.” On July 16, Tremaine faces trial for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest with violence – a felony. Watch the film, then go to DroptheCase.com to sign the petition and change your Facebook profile picture in support of Tremaine McMillian.
Colin Yapp
First, he was walking away.  Even if he had fists, he was not walking towards them so it was not a threat.  Dehumanizing stare, so stupid, i will not even comment.  The other officer talking about body language is stupid, what threat when he is walking away.  Also, he was not under arrest. These officers, should be charged with assault.
Laura Benevelli
There was absolutely no reason for those cops to restrain him. If a cop restrain someone every time someone stared at them they would never have any time to get any work done. I didn’t know there was a law against that. It is also proven that it is much more difficult being a black male, especially when a cop “confront” you with an attitude. He wasn’t a threat in the 1st place but they made it into something it wasn’t. The cops should get assault charges on them.

4 An Oprah Show Audience Weighs In on the Rodney King Verdict | The Oprah Winfrey Show | OWN

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22 jul. 2020

In 1992, one year after the high-profile case of police brutality against Rodney King, The Oprah Show hosted a forum in Los Angeles in which members of the audience took turns sharing thoughts on every element of the case—from the assault footage and subsequent riots to the court proceedings, the verdict and role of the media in sculpting public opinion. As you will see, the guests had not come to a consensus on who was in the right, who was in the wrong, and what should have been done to ensure a case like this would never happen again. In many ways, this studio audience was a microcosm of America at that time.

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5 Rodney King Verdict: The Morning After on Today NBC

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Gepubliceerd op 18 jun. 2017

The Today Show recaps the Rodney King Verdict and resulting riots from the evening prior.

6 Rodney King riots in Los Angeles | Live KABC reports from 25 years ago

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Gepubliceerd op 28 apr. 2017

From 25 years ago this week, here is the live breaking news from April 29, 1992 as KABC Los Angeles covered the response to the controversial verdict that acquitted four white police officers charged with the beating of Rodney King. Reporter Linda Breakstone is live on the scene at LAPD’s Parker Center headquarters as the agitated crowd grows in numbers.
For KABC Los Angeles’ riots coverage, check out abc7.com/lariots
For a wider perspective on the tensions and events leading up to the L.A. riots, tune into “Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992,” an ABC News documentary television event: Friday April 28, 9pm (8pm central)

7 Rodney King’s Final Interview | Where Are They Now | Oprah Winfrey Network

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Gepubliceerd op 24 okt. 2012

In the spring of 1992, riots erupted in Los Angeles after white police officers were found not guilty of felony assault in the beating of Rodney King, an African-American man. Oprah took her show to the middle of the firestorm for a town hall discussion about race. Twenty years later—just months before his death—Rodney shared how he turned the assault into a positive, and talked about life with his fiancée, Cynthia. For more on #WhereAreTheyNow, visit http://bit.ly/2dTkIT9

8 Rodney King / L.A. Riots (1991/1992)

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Gepubliceerd op 10 apr. 2015

A brief description of the police beating of motorist Rodney King, the acquittal of the Los Angeles police officers who were videotaped beating King, and the riots in South Central Los Angeles that followed.

9 – 20 years after L.A. riots, brothers reflect

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Gepubliceerd op 27 apr. 2012

It’s been 20 years since the worst race-related riots in U.S. history occurred in Los Angeles – sparked by the “not guilty” verdicts in the Rodney King beating trial. CBS News correspondent John Blackstone reports on two brothers who were there.

10 LA riots: How days of violence changed the city and its residents


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Gepubliceerd op 29 apr. 2017

Twenty-five years ago, violence swept across the city of Los Angeles after four white police officers accused of beating Rodney King were acquitted. Now, a quarter of a century later, “CBS This Morning” takes a look at how the violence transformed the city and the people who lived through it. Mireya Villarreal reports.

11 Black Businessman During LA Riots: ‘I Just Don’t See The Point’ | NBC Nightly News

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Gepubliceerd op 28 apr. 2017

In archival NBC News footage, Mike Stennis cleans up after rioters targeted his Los Angeles business that his parents had started before he was born.

12 Donahue Rodney King Verdict 1992 Pt 1

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13 Donahue Rodney King Verdict 1992 Pt 2

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Gepubliceerd op 17 apr. 2012

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14 Photo of police officer consoling teen goes viral

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A photo taken of Charlotte police officer Tim Purdy consoling a teen goes viral.

15 Making a Difference – Officer Tim Purdy

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Gepubliceerd op 18 mei 2016

South Division Officer Tim Purdy connecting with an Autistic young man.


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19 nov. 2013


17 Kid Disappears Under Wedding Dress – Just For Laughs Gags

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22 jul. 2014

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