Police corruption has always been a problem in American society and it happens everywhere. According to the book Criminal Justice A Brief Introduction, “Police Corruption is the abuse of police authority for personal or organizational gain.” An example of police corruption can be when, a police officer pulls you over and he comes up to you and asks you for money instead of actually giving you the ticket of whatever he pulled you over for. Police will take bribes, drugs, and anything else that is illegal. Police corruption is most likely to happen where there is least scrutiny amongst the officers. Since they are not going to be searched/examined, then they will go and doing what they want and bring in anything they want since their job won’t be put on the line for their actions. According to an article written by Pauline Go, a very good example of police corruption is the Rampart Scandal of the late 1990s. More than 70 policemen were caught misbehaving. “The anti-gang unit of the LAPD Rampart Division was held responsible for police misconduct that included planting of evidence, framing suspect, stealing and dealing narcotics, covering of evidence, unprovoked shootings and beatings.” (Pauline Go). After this situation, in May 2001, a policeman named Rafael Perez confessed his part in the corruption and the Rampart investigation suspended 12 officers, resigned 7 officers, terminated 5 officers, and implicated over 70 officers for doing wrong. Police corruption should be stopped in my opinion and according to Pauline Go, it can be reduced. “The best way to reduce corruption among police officials is to control it through various prevention strategies and introduce reforms every time.” If this was/is done more often then I feel that we wouldn’t have to worry about police corruption at all or if not at all then just a little bit, it wouldn’t be so much of a big concern as it is today. The Fruit of the Poisonous Tree Doctrine
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