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Unformatted text preview: Police Ethics and Police Deviance C H A P T E R G O A L S To acquaint you with the various definitions, the types, and the extent of police corruption To explore various reasons for police corruption To acquaint you with forms of police misconduct other than police corruption, including misuse of alcohol and illegal drugs, cooping, and police deception To discuss the definition, types, and extent of po- lice brutality To explore various responses to police brutality, in- cluding citizen complaint review boards C H A P T E R 12 C H A P T E R O U T L I N E Ethics and the Police The Dilemma of Law versus Order Review of the Police Police Corruption Corruption Makes Good Books and Films Examples of Police Corruption Types and Forms of Corruption Noble Cause Corruption Effects of Police Corruption Reasons for Police Corruption Responses to Police Corruption Other Police Misconduct Drug Abuse and Trafficking Drug-Related Corruption Drinking and Alcohol Abuse Cooping Police Deception Abuse of Authority Police Sexual Violence Domestic Violence in Police Families Police Brutality The Tradition of Police Brutality Examples of Police Brutality Is Brutality Really the Problem? Police Department Responses to Police Brutality Citizen Oversight The Emotional Toll Promoting Integrity 291 An Introduction to Policing COPYRIGHT © 2005 Wadsworth, a division of Thomson Learning, Inc. One of the authors recalls being asked by a student why there are so many studies of deviance by police officers, when other occupational groups rarely study deviance in their ranks. His answer was simple: We give loaded guns and almost unlimited power to the men and women we ap- point as police officers. We dont do that for most other occupations. Police officers in the United States are given tremendous authority and wide latitude in using that authority. In addi- tion, to the average citizen, the police are the most visible symbol of not only the U.S. criminal justice system, but also the U.S. government. Many police officers complain that the press overdoes coverage of corrupt or brutal police officers. The 1991 Rodney King tape (the home videotape of the beating of African American motorist Rodney King by four white Los Angeles police officers) was broadcast over every television network in the United States for weeks. The 1997 Abner Louima case (in which a New York City police officer al- legedly inserted a stick into the rectum of a prisoner and then put the feces- and blood-covered stick into the pris- oners mouth) was worldwide news and will probably con- tinue to be so for years. Police officers always ask, Why do they [the media] try to make us all look bad? It was only a few cops, not all cops. Officers also complain about the media attention given to the allegations of racism, bru- tality, and abuse of authority of Detective Mark Fuhrman in the worldwide television coverage and commentary in the O. J. Simpson murder trial. Hey, hes only one cop; were not like that.were not like that....
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