Final Exam - Discuss one of the following six areas in...

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Discuss one of the following six areas in which police departments have historically been found to be defective or deficient: constitutional due process, civil rights, use of deadly force and police brutality, abuse of discretion, corruption and police-community relations. Constitutional due process is an area where police departments have been historically found to be defective or deficient. Violations of constitutional due process can happen both accidentally and purposefully. When an officer violates due process, they are violating the suspects right and can get the case thrown out and suspect set free if revealed. “These rights include protection against unreasonable searches and seizures (Fourth Amendment), protection against self-incrimination (Fifth Amendment), and the right to counsel (Sixth Amendment).” (Adler et al., 2013). In the past and currently happening there have been instances where police officers will deliberately violate these to help their case, there have also been times where it has been an accident. For example, an officer conducts a search warrant on a person’s house; the warrant includes restrictions and the officer accidently searches or finds something that is restricted by the warrant. On the other hand, an officer goes to question a suspect, and enters the house. The suspect says that he doesn’t want the police officers in his house and they start searching the house and find evidence, that would be inadmissible as the evidence was found without a warrant. The bad officers will try to find ways to bend the rules often bending a little too far. In order to remedy this situation it is important that those involved in the case take a closer look at everything that happened, especially the supervisors. The problem can arise when the defense actually takes advantage of these rights and uses them to make false claims getting items thrown out anyways.
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