Police Discretion

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The issues of police corruption, brutality, and wrongful use of force is a growing issues in the united states. As media covers makes the wrong act of police officers more and more public. The struggle of defining corruption and measuring it is an on going problem. With the options opening the use of deadly force is becoming more and more unpopular choose. Police can now turn to many other option being pepper spray or another form of force. A police job involves them being in the public eye in their day to day operations. They must be trained is discretion and understand that someone is always watching. Discretion is a part of the job and many use it to their advantage. Discretion is meant to take the law and apply to in every day situations…show more content…
Police officers job is high-risk, at any time during their day a subject can turn on them or a normal traffic stop can turn deadly. Deadly force can be defined as the use of force to cause loss of life or grave bodily harm (Culliver, Sigler 1995). Police justification of use of deadly force began with English common law (Albrecht 2011). Use of force use to be defined and use by “all citizens, at the minimum, to detain a recognized criminal violator, and physical punishment, exile and death were common and acceptable penalties for alleged criminal conduct (Albrecht, 2011)” Prior to the court case Tennessee v. Garner not only was this common but police agency used the fleeing felon rule. The fleeing felon meant that law enforcement officers could shoot a felon before he could completely escape and was a practice among most police agencies through the 1980s (Albrecht, 2011) Albrecht (2011) found that after reading the rules and regulations of the New York City Police Department not only was shoot a fleeing felon a practice that was in place but also shooting a warning shoot and putting an animal out of it misery prior to the 1980s. After the Tennessee v. Garner case which involved a police officer shooting a 15 year old who was fleeing the scene, police policy on deadly force began to change ( Culliver, Sigler 1995). Today the use of deadly force has become harder and…show more content…
Punch (2000) states that policing is littered with scandal where police officers have violated the law and police departments fail to do anything about it or hide it. Proving corrution becomes hard when police chiefs and administraters would rather not talk about the corrutpotion among there officers. They would rather sweep it under the rug and downply how bad it is by only punching a few publicly( Ivovic 2003). Ivkovic (2003) Also found that other officers also refuse to talk and turn in fellow officers because they reliy on eachother to have their backs they need to trust one another. Also there are many forms of police corruption. Police corruption can be seen in three different elements. The first being accepting something like a bribe to look the other way. Second violating duty and responsibility and expecting reward for services (Punch 2000). These are hard to prove because finding the evidence to prove corruption can be difficult. There are many types of police corruption. The first type being Corruption of authority. This involved receiving something just by being a police officer. Things like free drink and service can even be a form of corruption. Kickbacks, another form of police corruption this involves receiving something for referring business and company to other people. Along with these opportunistic theft, shakedowns, protection of illegal activities, direct criminal

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