Police Corruption in the 1990's and Today Analytical Essay by Jessie

Police Corruption in the 1990's and Today
An analysis of the phenomenon of police corruption, concentrating upon the identification of key trends that explain its intractable nature.
# 151840 | 2,273 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2012 | US

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This paper analyzes the recurrent problem of police corruption. The scope of this paper ranges from episodes of corruption that occurred during the 1990's to the present day. This paper is divided into three sections. First, the subject of police corruption is defined. The second section then provides a literature review of the peer-reviewed sources utilized in the crafting of this definition. The final section analyzes the subject of police corruption, focusing upon the structural factors that perpetuate and mask serious acts of police corruption. The insular nature of police departments, the exercise of discretion by police officers and the existing "us versus them" mentality dividing police officers from civilians are all structural factors supporting continued police corruption.

The Definition of Police Corruption
Literature Review

From the Paper:

"During the 1990's, acts of police corruption also reflected social trends. For example, the greater social and media attention given to homosexuals during this decade coincided with corrupt police practices targeting closeted homosexuals. One practice, known as "fairy shaking," involved police officers who would watch gay clubs and take pictures of their visitors with the intent to blackmail. Police officers would run the license plates of male visitors, find out who were married and threaten to tell the men's wives of their homosexual activities if they did not pay. In 1997, the practice of "fairy shaking" made national news when Lt. Jeffrey Stowe, a member of the Washington D.C. metropolitan police department was arrested "by the FBI and charged with blackmailing men for as much as $10,000" (Rowan Jr. 1). Stowe's arrest reverberated through his department and quickly prompted the resignation of his close friend, Larry D. Soulsby, the city's Chief of Police. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Davis, Angela. Arbitrary justice: the power of the American prosecutor. New York: Oxford University Press, 2007.
  • Pollock, Jocelyn. Ethical dilemmas & decisions in criminal justice, 7th ed. Belmont: Wadsworth, 2012.
  • Rowan Jr., Carl. "D.C. Confidential," New Republic, January 19, 1998.
  • Sherman, Lawrence. Scandal and reform: Controlling police corruption. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1978.
  • Witkin, Gordon and Ito, Timothy. "When the bad guys are cops," U.S. News & World Report Vol. 119, No. 10 (September, 1995): 20-23.

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