The Problem of Police Brutality

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Television stations, newspapers, and even tabloids are getting involved in a sensitive subject, police brutality. It is more and more common to turn on a television or read a paper and see a headline like, “Police brutally beat a homeless man”. There are many cases of police using excessive force or corruption within a department and even debates on whether high speed pursuits are necessary(Deshon 2014). It may be that officers may not have a full comprehension of their oath of office or the ethical code they attained; it could also be that they are corrupt cops. An officer goes through training and in doing so is also educated on the ethical behaviors and oath of an officer. Our police agencies all take the same oath. This oath can be adjusted as appropriate for nations, countries or governments; this oath is worded as” On my honor, I will never betray my profession, my integrity, my character or the public trust. I will always have the courage to hold myself and others accountable for our actions. I will always uphold the laws of my country, my community and the agency I serve” (IACP 2012). The Southwestern Law Enforcement Institute, as cited in Deshon’s paper, states the meaning of ethics as” ethics is a code of value that guides our choices and actions, determines the purpose and course of our lives. Ethics is not a written rule or credo, it is however about what we do (Deshon 2014). The citizens in all states are concerned about how our law enforcement agencies are conducting themselves. As citizens we are told to trust our legal agencies and that they are there to “serve and protect”. In the oath it even states that an officer will not betray public trust. In a survey conducted by Dr. Stephen Vicchio as st... ... middle of paper ... ...e deemed as no more than the same as the criminal in which he brutally beats. In some cases when an innocent is beaten such as the homeless man, an issue of ego may be an influence on this officer’s decision and therefore should not be in law enforcement. Works Cited International Association of Chiefs of Police, (2012) Global Leadership in Policing, Web. 29 May 2015. http://www.theiacp.org/PoliceServices/ExecutiveServices/ProfessionalAssistance/Ethics/WhatistheLawEnforcementOathofHonor/Resolution/tabid/154/Default.aspx Police Officers Oath of Office and Code of Ethics, A Question of knowledge Richard W. Deshon (2014) Web. 29 May 2015. www.emich.edu/cerns/downloads/papers/PoliceStaff/Unsort... USA Today (2014) Kevin Johnson, Police Brutality on the Rise. Web. 29 May 2015. http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2014-12-17-Copmisconduct_N.htm
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