CRIMINAL JUSTICE

A relatively small number of police officers engage in questionable police practices, such as corruption, racial profiling, and excessive force. However, the small number deeply impact community-police relations. What impact do you think inappropriate police behavior has on the community? How can the police as an agency better monitor behavior to keep the few from spoiling the reputation of all? Do you think civil litigation is a useful tool in keeping officers in check? Why or why not? What do you think can be done to help a community overcome large scandals, such as the L.A. Rampart scandal?

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asked by Eliana
  1. Please note that we don't do students' homework for them. Be sure to go back into your textbook or use a good search engine. http://hanlib.sou.edu/searchtools/

    Once YOU have come up with attempted answers to YOUR questions, please re-post and let us know what you think. Then someone here will be happy to comment on your thinking.

  2. What impact do you think inappropriate police behavior has on the community?
    Which community?

    How can the police as an agency better monitor behavior to keep the few from spoiling the reputation of all?
    Video- or audio-taping of all police interactions with the public?

    Do you think civil litigation is a useful tool in keeping officers in check?
    What do you think?

    Why or why not?
    What do you think?

    What do you think can be done to help a community overcome large scandals, such as the L.A. Rampart scandal?
    What do you think?

  3. I need opinions, no stupid comments thanks for nothing.

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    posted by Eliana
  4. Eliana! Your teacher wants YOUR opinions, not the opinions of anonymous people who aren't enrolled in your class.

  5. Well, let's talk about attitude! Are you expecting to be "spoon fed" here? That will not teach you to THINK. Yes, thinking is painful but that's how you grow intellectually, emotionally, philosophically, etc.

    We volunteer teachers love to HELP you, but consider the very Nomenclature of this "Jiskha Homework HELP Forum." You yourself must DO the work first. No output, no input. However, please understand that we DO want to help; that's why we are here. If you put nothing into this effort, you will get nothing out of it.

    The questions posed by the other teachers were not stupid comments, but prompts to get you started. Following Writeacher's link, here are some very interesting articles to read:

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    http://hrw.org/english/docs/2000/03/14/usdom448.htm

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    Hoping you haven't given up here, you can see that corruption is world-wide. Temptation is world-wide and it will, no doubt, enter each individual's head at one time or another. Once trust is destroyed, it's very difficult to earn it back.

    In the case of Rampart, see what the Justice Department has done. How best to attack corruption? That could depend upon the individual case. Here are some things to consider:

    There must be some sort of Inspection Team rather than simply "J'accuse." Witnesses, if they are reliable, help build a case.
    Confidentiality for "whistle blowers" foster witnesses afraid to testify. Video taping, if it is reliable, can be used or a Sting Operation.

    The media can either help or hurt here. With a stigma, low morale, there will be harassing. All this is negative; are there any positives?

    Preventive measures, good morale, discipline, ideals, a firm foundation, improved training, upgraded equipment, improved policies, adequate resources, accreditatiion, being proactive, etc. All these "soft pedal" the bad and increase the "recognition of good."

    These are only some ideas to consider and we will be most anxious to read your final paper!

    Sra

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  6. Has civility gone downhill in this modern world? I make a conscious effort to be polite on a daily basis, even though I know that I can not make an overall change in the planet as a whole. Rudeness is by definition unjustifiable and unnecessary, but dis courtesy still runs rampant. Is chivalry dead to everyone else except me?!

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    posted by Brandon
  7. Sorry about that little rant about life on Earth.

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    posted by Brandon
  8. well, i think the police have an image problem. When police do something bad, like beat people up, drink on the job, nothing is done. The media reported on a female officer up here. She got drunk at work with the other staff. Rammed her car into another. An investigation was done. She got nothing. Then, 2 months later got a promotion.-- i got a criminal record for smoking pot in public.--

    So they got to do a better job at enforcing the rules

    civil litigation wont help. Who do u think will come forth and sue them.

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