The O.J. Simpson Trial and Perceptions of Law Enforcement
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The paper reveals that the O.J. Simpson trial, which was likely one of the most broadcast and public trials of the 1990s, made a profound impact on law enforcement in the United States. To determine just how significant it was, and to help demarcate the long-term impact of the court proceedings, the paper looks at how the trial affected the law enforcement system, and specifically, the public's perception of law enforcement. The paper explains that police came to be seen not as representative of justice or as heroes, but as potential threats to justice whose personal biases and racism might affect the trial outcomes of defendants.
From the Paper:"The public criticism of law enforcement officials has made those officials more closely watched, and more accountable. Whereas previously police officers were typically seen as "our finest", following the Simpson trial, the police came to be seen as a politicized body, not intent on only protecting the public, but also affected by personal biases ad prejudice. Audiotapes of L.A. police detective Mark Fuhrman's racial epithets again rekindled accusations that law enforcement officers "protect and serve" along strict racial lines. Once it was heard that Fuhrman claimed he sometimes manipulated evidence to secure a conviction, police came to be seen less as tools of justice and more as potential hindrances to fairness (Page 1995). As David Henderson Martin has lamented, "the trial of O.J. Simpson hs had a chilling effect on law enforcement, making the job of police officers much more difficult. Public perception of the job of a policeman has been distorted by these dramatic cases. The reality is that it is the police who are the first and last line of protection for those seeking justice." In the years following the trial, it has become more difficult to hold onto this optimistic view, for the fundamental contradiction of law enforcement officials has been uncovered."
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