Contemporary Cultural Diversity Issues in Criminal Justice

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Contemporary Cultural Diversity Issues in Criminal Justice

By | November 2008
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Cultural diversity can be defined as the cultural differences that exist between people such as, language, traditions, and the religious beliefs along with the way society carries itself. It is inevitable in the United States to notice the wide variety of cultures that with the years have come to share this land with Americans. With the increase of diversity in the country, comes a wide variety of issues facing all sectors. In the criminal justice sector we see issues such as racial profiling, discrimination amongst others. In this paper the issues of excessive force against minorities and discrimination will be discuss with examples from recent years that have made the news.

On the morning of December 19, 2007, Police Officer Timothy Campbell was seen patrolling the streets of Denver, Co. He noticed a suspicious 1997 Saturn drive by and when the officer made a U-turn, the car quickly sped away. Eventually the car pulled into a drive and a male in his thirties exited the vehicle and ran. The individual look to be Hispanic and was wearing a light baggy jacket. The Officer began a foot chase through back yards and over fences until eventually the suspect slipped on some ice and fell to the ground. The suspect got back on his feet and continued running. According to the article published by the Denver Westword News, the suspect fell twice more before the officer was able to get close enough to him. As the suspect got up from the ground they were facing each other. At this point, Officer Campbell drew his weapon. The suspect reached into his pocket and placed his hand behind his back. Slowly, the suspect proceeded to move his hand forward and Officer Campbell spotted an object which appeared to be metallic. That’s when Officer Campbell fired two rounds. The Officer paused and then fired four more rounds, before the suspect fell to the ground. When emergency personal arrived, and began to administer first aid to the suspect, they realized that...
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