Police misconduct

Police Misconduct

Police misconduct

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Police misconduct refers to inappropriate actions taken by police officers in connection with their official duties. Police misconduct can lead to a miscarriage of justice and sometimes involves discrimination. In an effort to control police misconduct, there is an accelerating trend for civilian agencies to go beyond review to engage directly in investigations and to have much greater input into disciplinary decisions. With the proliferation of mobile devices capable of recording alleged misconduct, existing eavesdropping laws in some jurisdictions are being leveraged to prosecute civilians, while in other circumstances police will illegally seize or delete evidence.

Types of misconduct include, false confession, false arrest, falsified evidence, false imprisonment, intimidation, police brutality, police corruption, political repression, racial profiling, sexual abuse, surveillance abuse and off-duty misconduct.Martinelli TJ. (2007). . The Police Chief. Others include:

  • Noble cause corruption, where the officer believes the good outcomes justify bad behaviorMartinelli TJ. (2006). . Police Chief.
  • Selective enforcement (knowledge and allowances of violations by friends, family and/or acquaintances unreported)
  • Abuses of power (using badge or other ID to gain entry into concerts, to get discounts, etc)
  • Lying under oath (blatant lies under oath......
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