Farrar 3training is to maximize performance. Brian Kinnaird, director of research andtraining at the Forceology Research Group in Kansas insists,
thout training,officers are completely independent [but] with training, they are armed with better
judgment and discretionary capabilities” (206).
Police and criminologists note
distinct differences between the terms “use of force,” “unnecessary force,”
“brutality.” According to experts, the use of force is c
rucial and essential in order foran officer to do his job effectively. Unnecessary force however, is often the result of poor training such as when an officer barges into a situation where excessive forceis required in order to remove him or her self from the danger. In this case, cautionand better training could have prevented the situation from occurring. On the other
hand, brutality is “a conscious and venal act by officers who usually take
to conceal their misconduct”(Lawrence 19). According to this definition, brutality is
not necessarily correlated with poor training however excessive force often is. It isimportant to make the distinction between these often-confused terms.Often times the public can be quick to judge police officers and to label anecessary physical situation as brutality. Many people, in particular officersthemselves, feel that the public does not understand the day to day pressures of being a police officer and the many difficult gray situations where it is questionableas to how much force should be exerted. Although the specific actions that constitute excessive force or brutality may be easy to determine in articles andpolice manuals, for officers in the moment it is often not easy to decide how muchforce is actually necessary (Lawrence 19). Often times the stress of going years
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...Misconduct, Corruption and Brutality in the Police Department Danyale Dorsey April 25, 2013 CJA/214 Todd Hill Misconduct, Corruption and Brutality in the Police Department What is this all about? Brutality, Corruption, and Misconduct has become a common occurrence in police departments today. For a better understanding of what these things mean, the book defines police corruption as acts involving the misuse of authority by a police officer in a manner designed to produce personal gain for himself, herself or for others. Misconduct is inappropriate actions taken by police officers in connection with their official duties which may lead to injustice and sometimes discrimination. Brutality is the use of excessive force, usually physical, but can be potentially a form of verbal attacks and psychological intimidation by a police officer. These types of accusations can be damaging to a police department and its link to the community that it is sworn to protect and serve. Police Corruption and Misconduct Case One: The former Police Chief, his wife, and five other officers from the Romulus, Michigan police department were indicted in a corruption scandal earlier this year. The allegations for the five officers were that there was misconduct going on in the department drug enforcement unit. These former officers of the drug unit were allegedly stealing thousands of dollars as well as drugs with a host of other charges stemming from the use of hookers, drugs while on duty...
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Check Point Police Misconduct Response
...Check Point Police Misconduct Response September 13, 2013 I would define police brutality as something that occurs when a police officer acts with excessive force by using the amount of force with regards to a subject that is more than necessary. Excessive force by law enforcement officers is a violation of a person's rights. Excessive force is not subject to a precise definition, but it is generally beyond the force a reasonable and prudent law enforcement officer would use under the circumstances (www.definitions.uslegal.com). I feel that police brutality happens when an officer has the subject under control and then might hit the subject with a black stick. When trying to get a suspect to comply with orders given by an officer, the amount of force should be used in only the minimum amount to gain control of a situation. Police brutality is a direct violation of the laws within the police force. This is a form of police misconduct. The violation of state and federal laws or the violation of individuals' constitutional rights by police officers; also when police commit crimes for personal gain. Police misconduct and corruption are abuses of police authority. Sometimes used interchangeably, the terms refer to a wide range of procedural, criminal, and civil violations. Misconduct is the broadest category. Misconduct is "procedural" when it refers to police who violate police department rules and regulations; "criminal" when it refers to police who violate state and......
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...Police Misconduct American Intercontinental University English paper Latarrace Johnson 8/25/2013 ABSTRACT Police misconduct is currently on the rise in many cities. Police misconduct can be define as false confession, false arrest, falsified of evidence and lying under the oath. For many years police crimes have went unreported and punishments are never given. We now have to put an end to these wrongful duties taken by police officers around the world. Have you ever experience police brutality or discrimination? Have you ever heard the police officers lying under the oath? All of these are some examples of police misconduct. Police misconduct is illegal actions performed by the police officers. Theses wrongful duties can range from false arrest, police brutality, falsified evidence, false confession lying under the oath and falsification of documents. The rules that govern the police in a certain area is what constitutes police misconduct. In the 1820’s the acts of police misconduct were normally towards poor labor workers. The way police misconduct is handled in the Atlanta area has greatly aided the culture of continued and unpunished conducts of police against civilians. In the case of Kathryn Johnston Fulton county police shot and killed a 92 year old women who lived in her home for 17 years. Three undercover police came to Kathryn’s home with a no knock warrant. A few months before Kathryn’s neighbor home was broken into and the lady was rape, a year......
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...his power in the work place or a police man or woman doing unnecessary and over the top things to you. Abuse of power seems to be a common thing in some police officers every day life and this is not okay. It is very apparent what a police officers job is and that is to protect and serve the community and make sure that real criminals are being served justice, however; some may come across police officers that use the fact that they have badges and weapons to their advantage in order to basically become a bully instead of a hero. Of course not all police officers are corrupt, most are actually doing their job and are concerned with the safety of all people and not just their own but those few that are corrupt need to be stopped and be punished for their police brutality and/or abuse of power. So the question is, are police men and women being evaluated thoroughly enough so as not to hire corrupt officers? Are police officers being punished and or brought to justice because of their wrong doings? In this paper I will bring some cases of police brutality and or abuse of police powers to your attention as well as if and how police are being punished because of their illegal or down right cruel behavior. Becoming a police officer is far from an easy task as it should be, but why is it that after so much questioning and tests of integrity and moral values citizens are becoming more and more victimized by police officers? In my opinion police officers are not being as......
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...Jo. K. H. Prof. C. English 1A 16 December 2014 Some police officers take advantage of their authoritative positions with excessive brutality and, in some cases, the misuse of deadly force, which is resulted from racism and the known lack of consequences. Blacks and whites have had different historical experiences with the criminal justice system. Largely, whites see the law as a power to serve and protect their rights and their acreage in a democracy. While, blacks have been more likely to view law as a force that denies their rights. For years the judicial system refused to offer protection to blacks from slave owners, white rapists, and even racist mobs. In 1693, Philadelphia court officials “authorized the police to take up any "Negro" seen "gadding about" without a pass from his or her master” (Chaney). This judiciary command, to stop and detain any black found on the road, gave no distinction between free or slave blacks. The Black Codes of the Southern region permitted militiamen (soldiers who are also civilians) to arrest and restrain blacks whose presence aroused suspicion (Staples). The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, jeopardized not only law enforcement officials, but also average citizens with hefty fines if they failed to assist in the arrest of alleged runaway slaves, when the doubt could be grounded only on written claims; likewise, free and enslaved blacks didn’t have the right or ability to represent themselves in court against such claims (Staples).......
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...Forensic Misconduct: Dr. Pamela A. Fish Kirstin L. Daniels Professor Ian Rodway George Mason University Forensic Misconduct: Pamela A Fish Forensic science is defined as the practice of utilizing scientific methodologies to clarify judicial inquiries. The field of forensic science contains a broad range of disciplines and has become a vital aspect of criminal investigations. Some forensic disciplines are laboratory-based; while others are based on an analyst’s interpretation of observable patterns (Kourtsounis, 2009). According to the Innocence project’s website; in greater than fifty percent of wrongful convictions, the use of invalidated or improper forensic techniques played a role in cases; which were later overturned by DNA testing. Unlike other forensic methods, serology has been subjected to rigorous scientific testing to achieve validation. Even still, these methods can be inaccurately conducted or counterfactually conveyed during the trial (Innocence Project, 2012). Since the evidence presented during a trial can be the difference between freedom, and incarceration in many cases and death in some cases, misconduct in the forensic field is not tolerated. Some types of forensic misconduct include exaggeration of statistics, false testimony and laboratory fraud. Evidence offered by forensic scientists is often called “expert testimony”. Nevertheless, what is an expert? Is it someone who has gone to school and earned an undergraduate,......
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...Police Misconduct Amanda Stasiewicz CJS/210 01/31/2015 Professor Harvey Smith Police brutality is a major issue in today’s society. I would define police brutality no different than what it really is which is when an officer uses physical force with an intent to harm(Grant & Terry, 2008). Police brutality is not only physical though there is also verbal brutality. If an officer yells at you, calls you names, or uses profanity towards you for no reason than it is a form of verbal brutality. If an officer lays hands on you and uses excessive force purposely when it is not needed than it is considered physical brutality. A lot of police officers believe they can get away with it and it simply boils down to them having a little power and taking advantage of it which leads to my next point. Police brutality is not the only problem we have. We also have police corruption and misconduct and all three of these things normally go hand in hand with each other. They have a relationship they share which is normally because when one is present another is also being performed. Police corruption is the misuse of authority by an officer(Grant & Terry, 2008). This is where an officer allows the little bit of power that they have get to their heads and take advantage of it. They believe they can do what they want and get away with it. When this happens normally police brutality is not far behind. There are a few different things that could be done to prevent all......
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...Police corruption is a complex phenomenon, which does not readily submit to simple analysis. It is a problem that has and will continue to affect us all, whether we are civilians or law enforcement officers. Since its beginnings, many aspects of policing have changed; however, one aspect that has remained relatively unchanged is the existence of corruption. An examination of a local newspaper or any police-related publication on any given day will have an article about a police officer that got busted committing some find of corrupt act. Police have been caught in places like Toronto, New York, New Orleans, Washington, DC, and Los Angeles, for doing illegal acts. Police corruption has increased dramatically with the illegal smuggling, prostitution and money laundering. Police corruption is a nationwide problem that has been going on for many years. Not only is corruption a problem on our own U.S. soil, but police practices of corruption go as far east as Europe and Asia. Many studies, polls and examinations were taken to find out how exactly what the general publics’ opinions of the police are. Officers receive a lot of scrutiny over this issue, but for good reason. Police corruption in general has three distinct elements; those three elements of police corruption must be present at the same time. The elements would be the misuse of authority, misuse of official capacity, and the misuse of personal. Power certainly tends to corrupt and it is yet to be recognized that.......
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...Written Warning for Misconduct and/or Performance [Date] [Name] [Address] Dear [Mr./Ms. Last Name]: This letter shall serve as a formal written reprimand and is to confirm in writing our discussion on [date] concerning your unacceptable [performance and/or conduct] and to establish my expectations which I have outlined in a Corrective Action Plan to be commenced immediately. Further, you are hereby warned of additional disciplinary action if your [performance and/or conduct] does not improve. I have developed this corrective measure to assist you in bringing your work as a [classification] to an acceptable standard as defined in your enclosed Employee Performance Appraisal. During the past [time period], your supervisor has shared with you concern about your [performance of the functions of your position and/or unacceptable conduct]. While I want to emphasize that some of the deficiencies would not constitute unsatisfactory performance when viewed singularly, the cumulative effect demonstrates your inability or unwillingness to conform to expected standards of work. I believe it is necessary to initiate this Corrective Action Plan to cause you to understand that not only are your deficiencies unacceptable, but also that we are at a point where such [substandard performance and/or unacceptable conduct] can no longer be tolerated. [Insert language describing the consequences of the employee’s actions, or inactions.] You have been verbally counseled on numerous......
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...Police Corruption In the history of police in the United States there always has been an element of corruption. Because the police officers themselves are human, the possibility of corruption will always be present. Sometimes it is minor but then that usually can lead to more major crimes and eventually the corruption itself will spread throughout an organization. The level and extent of corruption is difficult to determine as the crime itself is very covert. There really is no for sure solution to stop the corruption and wrong doings; however, steps can be taken to alleviate some of the criminal offenses. As long as there is police there will always be a need for those who police the police. Police Corruption In any organization that involves mankind in a position of authority there is always going to be a possibility for corruption, the police department is no different. The level of corruption will always vary, depending on the situation and the environment but nonetheless police corruption does have an effect on the United States. Of course the major offenses are of more concern, like police brutality or taking major bribes or hiding evidence, but even the smaller offense, like letting a friend out of a ticket, still show bias and dilutes the trust the public has in the police department. This paper will describe the negative effect that police corruption, police misconduct, and police brutality has on the United States. Police corruption always has been present in...
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...Minorities and Police Misconduct I. Thesis Statement: Police misconduct can happen to anyone that runs into a official with a hidden agenda. However, police misconduct usually happens to minorities and in communities that are underserved. When the police target these minority groups they cause the minority groups to not trust officials, elevates the crime rate in underserved areas, and can destroy the minorities quality of life. II. Major Supporting Idea #1: Minorities lose trust with officials when there is malicious police conduct. ·they feel more attacked than protected. O “relationship between the police and minorities, especially African Americans, has been marked by a long history of violence and mistrust.” (Lersch,1999) ·minorities are targeted, and are cheated out of tax money for programs. The authors also used certain court cases to prove the fact. In this editorial, the authors decided to show how much money was being spent by comparing what the money could buy if it was not spent on police misconduct cases. This gives the reader a more physical example to how dire the situation is than using just numerical figures. (The Daily Record, 2011) ·minorities feel they are not going to have legal support. “This occurs despite the fact that race is often the focal point of misconduct in a way that disability status is not.” (Clark,2002) III. Major Supporting Idea #2: Crime rates in underprivileged areas increase because minorities do not believe......
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...Police Misconduct Response CJS/210 February 03, 2012 Police Misconduct Response Police brutality is the use of excessive force by a police officer and can be physical attacks, verbal attacks, or psychological intimidation. Police brutality is often triggered by disrespect towards the police officer. Police corruption is a form of police misconduct that is used by police to obtain personal gain, financial benefits, or career advancement. Police misconduct are when police officers take inappropriate actions in their official duties, which can lead to an innocent person being punished for a crime they did not commit or miscarriage of justice, and often involves discrimination. The relationship between police brutality, police corruption, and police misconduct are that they are all abuses of authority and violations of federal and state laws, or violations of the constitutional rights of the individual. There are many safeguards in place to protect individuals from abuse by police officers, such as Miranda rights that prevent officers from illegally obtaining information from the suspect during an arrest, the fourth amendment that protects the individual from illegal search and seizure and use of unlawful force, justification protects public from police abuse by limiting the times an officer is able to use force, and the fourteenth amendment protects the individuals rights to due process. These are all ways to protect the rights of the individual. Other ways......
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...Police misconduct | Often we want to know what goes on behind law enforcement and how their misconduct is handled. In this paper you will read about cases that have affected lives of Americans all over the country. | 5/13/2012 5/13/2012 ENGL107-1202B-01 English Composition II: Week 3 – Assignment: Police Misconduct 05/13/2012 Amber Derr American Intercontinental University ENGL107-1202B-01 English Composition II: Week 3 – Assignment: Police Misconduct 05/13/2012 Amber Derr American Intercontinental University In the world wide spread of media, it’s not hard to find opposing opinions about the fine line of law enforcement doing their jobs verses police brutality. The difficulty lies in deciding how much needed force is too much before crossing that line. You can ask multiple people in a community and every answer will be different. In reality it’s a matter of being able to tell if it’s out of protection or if it’s abuse of power. Is it fair that law enforcement can use unnecessary force to protect and serve this country? Law enforcement is supposed to protect and serve justice to the community. However, in some cases they use and abuse power given to them to where it is considered misconduct on their part. Maria Inamagua was from Ecuador living in the United States. She had gotten arrested on immigration violation charges in St. Paul, MN. She complained of severe headaches and dizziness for the course of five weeks. The jail law enforcement failed to take......
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...Is it fair that law enforcement can use unnecessary force to protect and serve this country? Law enforcement is supposed to protect and serve justice to the community. However, in some cases they use and abuse power given to them to where it is considered misconduct on their part. Maria Inamagua was from Ecuador living in the United States. She had gotten arrested on immigration violation charges in St. Paul, MN. She complained of severe headaches and dizziness for the course of five weeks. The jail law enforcement failed to take her to the hospital to receive treatment and instead gave her Tylenol. Before she passed away she suffered for 4 hours before being taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead due to lack of treatment of oxygen depriving parasites in her brain. (http://cuapb.org) Instances like this, shows that some people in law enforcement have no compassion for others. We as people should know our rights when it comes to police misconduct and take a stand for what are right. If you ever happen to be in a situation such as an arrest and they hand cuff you, there are a few things you should do. Make sure you don’t resist arrest and say that you are not resisting arrest. You should have the badge number or the name of the officer. If you can’t write it down call it out to where someone can write it down for you. Next, if you are injured in any way go to the hospital and tell hospital worker that you were injured due to an officer (only if it really......
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