Hold Prosecutors and Police Officers Accountable for Deliberate Misconduct rectified.docx

Hold Prosecutors and Police Officers Accountable for Deliberate Misconduct rectified.docx

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Running head: PROSECUTORS AND POLICE MISCONDUCT AND ACCOUNTABILITY 1 Hold Prosecutors and Police Officers Accountable for Deliberate Misconduct Ebony Rhodes Professor Dr. Snell CJ 4370 Senior Seminar University of Houston- Downtown
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PROSECUTORS AND POLICE MISCONDUCT AND ACCOUNTABILITY Rhodes 2 Hold Prosecutors and Police Officers Accountable for Deliberate Misconduct Holding prosecutors and police officers accountable for their misconduct was selected because of the high rate of police misconduct especially regarding brutality and mass shootings. Data collected in the past and present decades reveal that the police kill black people at rates that are disproportionate.31% of the people died due to police misconduct are blacks based on data collected in 2012, yet this same population makes up only 13% of the entire US population. The data is based on voluntary reports in police agencies in the US which suggests the high rate of police brutality as the number of cases not reported are still significant (Moran, 2018). The disparities that the police and prosecutors use reflect racial inequalities which are also reflected in their corruption rate. Black inmates also make up a substantial population in the US prisons due to misconducts of the prosecutors. Prosecutors associate skin color with common crimes such as drug trafficking even when one is innocent which is not appropriate. There is a need for prosecutors and police officers to be held accountable for their misconducts due to the increased cases of misconduct in prosecution as well as police brutality. Police and Prosecutor’s misconduct is essential to the criminal justice field because a significant number of innocent people is being mistreated. The study carried out by Hafner (2018) points out that 50% of all police conduct at least a single misconduct annually yet the consequences of the fault are not grim as such contributing to the increased cases of misconduct. 50% of wrongful convictions were also found based on DNA evidence which means that the rate of wrongful prosecution is too high which could be as a result of poor restrictions on the conduct
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PROSECUTORS AND POLICE MISCONDUCT AND ACCOUNTABILITY Rhodes 3 of prosecutors. In some cases, the misconduct is systematic; for instance the evidence of the former Chicago Police Commander. Jon Burge was arrested regarding federal obstruction of justice and was further accused of lying about other police officers that took part in torture and physically abused the civilians. The arrest was only issued after several complaints regarding his administration, which means that misconduct was promoted and the public had little control over the actions of the police as the management itself supported the wrongdoings.
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  • Spring '19
  • police misconduct, prosecutor

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