The Corruption Of Police Corruption

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Police departments must execute their duties in such a manner that protects the conditions of a democratic society and addresses the security needs of all individuals and groups. The execution of these duties must also show the community that they serve that they are good stewards of the positions they have been afforded the opportunity to hold and those who hold these positions must be free from corruption. The term ‘police corruption’ has been used to describe many activities: bribery; violence and brutality; fabrication and destruction of evidence; racism; and, favoritism or nepotism. Stories of police corruption are read about or seen on news broadcasts at a level that would tend to make the public believe that corruption incidents such as those listed above are still as prevalent in law enforcement now as in the past. While this is not the case, each of these stories draws the interest of the public because the individuals involved in the story are trusted to protect the public from the perceived “bad guys”. Each of these stories slowly erode the confidence the public has in their “blue knights”, ability to uphold the law in an impartial and fair manner (Ivković, 2003). Often time’s police corruption and police brutality are joined together under the umbrella of corruption and quite often, viewed as the same thing. In fact, the two issues are distinctly different, yet still considered corruption. The identifiable difference between the two issues is what the actual goal of the behavior is. Police brutality, usually is the result of an emotional response to frustration, anger, or hate, and the end goal is satisfaction or gratification through a release of tension or an exertion of energy; police brutality during ri... ... middle of paper ... ...that more than half of the reports he completed between 1994 and 1998 were false and had little to no accurate facts contained within them. The officers of Rampart had an utter disrespect and disdain for rules about use of force, and instead of adhering to the rules, elected to covered up their actions when the force resulted in injury or even death (Grant, 2003). The actions of the officers of the Rampart squad also included extortion, robbery, and theft. Most corruption cases within law enforcement do not reach the level of what was seen in the Rampart squad. The Rampart case, while almost twenty years after the The President 's Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Justice was released showed that the findings of that report were accurate regarding police corruption. Each of the seven issues found in that report played out in the case of Rampart.

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