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2  Who carries the authority – the officer or the agency?  Can superiors order officers to make an arrest?  Can an officer refuse?  What can happen if they do?  Are officers civilly liable for their actions?  If so, in what courts?  Are their employers required to defend them?

3  On January 29, 2005 a 21-year old passenger was shot by a SBSO deputy after the vehicle he was in crashed during a pursuit.  Witnesses say that a deputy ordered Elio Carrion, 21, an Air Force security officer, to the ground and that Carrion complied. There is confusion about what happened later, but a grainy videotape made by an onlooker suggests that Carrion was told to get up. When he did so, the deputy fired, striking Carrion three times.  Carrion will recover. The videotape recorded Carrion’s pre-shooting comments that he was “on the deputy’s side,” expletives shouted by the deputy, and Carrion’s protests after he was shot that he was complying with the deputies.  Deputies were trying to stop the Corvette for speeding. Its driver has an extensive driving record. Neither he nor Carrion were armed or wanted.  The officer, Deputy Ivory Webb, was tried for attempted voluntary manslaughter. He was acquitted. During trial an expert defense witness gave examples of officers behaving oddly during a crisis: “Their analytical process began to collapse. They had so much to do that, literally, they were overloaded.”expert defense witness

4 The shooting stirred strong emotions in Oakland and led to demonstrations and several nights of disturbances. According to the Alameda County D.A., murder charges were filed because the killing was unlawful and done purposefully. Mehserle quickly resigned from the force. He was later arrested and charged with second-degree murder. At his trial, which was held in Los Angeles, he testified that he had meant to draw the Taser but accidentally fired his pistol instead. Jurors convicted him of involuntary manslaughter. [Police Issues 1 2]12 On January 1, 2009 BART officer Johannes Mehserle, 27, shot and killed a 22-year old man who was being held down by officers following a brawl on a BART train. Although the man was reportedly resisting being handcuffed, the shooting, which was captured by bystanders on cell phone cameras, seemed clearly unnecessary.

5  Social contract  legitimacy  Exchange relationship  Democratic constraints & accountability ▪ Are police tools of the dominant/ruling class?  Unique role  Authority to coerce compliance  Use of force  Discretion – can’t arrest everyone  Public attitudes  Whites and older persons look favorably on police  Minorities, especially African-Americans tend to have less favorable attitudes  2008 Gallup poll on American institutions 2008 Gallup poll on American institutions  Other polling on police Other polling on police


7  Shire-reeves supervised rural military, police and tax collection  Constables had similar duties in urban areas  Rotating, unpaid position; well-off paid others to serve  Justices of the Peace carried out local judicial functions  Issued warrants to be served by Constables and set bail  Criticized for being corrupt  Social change brought on by urbanization and the Industrial Revolution greatly increased crime but there was opposition to a professional police  Harsh sanctions for those caught (223 crimes carried the death penalty)  In late 1700’s the Fielding brothers, London magistrates, established the “Bow Street Runners” to fight widespread thievery and prostitution  Volunteers, paid rewards by victims  In the early 1800’s Colquhoun refined the Fielding’s theories  Recommended a paid, professional police force  Concept: Police were to be role models for British society

8  London, 1829: First professional, paid police force  London divided into 17 precincts, each with a boss, 4 inspectors, 16 sergeants and 165 constables  Constables wore a uniform and carried a truncheon  Rules of the founder, Sir Robert Peel included:Sir Robert Peel  Military organization and Government control  Hiring officers on a probationary basis  Careful selection and training  Good appearance, moderate temper  Keeping records of crime and deploying accordingly  Bobbies faced hostility and organized opposition  Public support increased as officer behavior improved  Principle that poor quality policing could make disorder worse

9  Political framework  Republicanism – govt. accountable to all, not just the privileged  Preference for local control, power flows up, not just down  Imported Sheriff and constable/watchman models from England  Like in England, the better citizens resisted service, hired others who proved unreliable  During the 1800’s urbanization and industrialization greatly increased urban crime and unrest. Economic depressions struck in the mid and late 1700’s, leading to waves of crime and forcing governments to act  1751: Philadelphia organizes first paid police forcePhiladelphia  January 8, 1828: Watchman Steve Heimer is the first PPD officer killed on duty  Major issues  Should police wear uniforms? Carry arms? Use force?

10  July 1841, New York City: Mary Rogers, an employee of a cigar store, disappears. Mary’s body is found floating in a river. Her death was unsolved but is attributed to a botched abortion.  In 1844 her death spurred the establishment of a paid, full-time police force in New York City  Patronage positions – selections made by Aldermen in each Ward  Chief without real authority over officers  Decade before officers uniformed; only ID was copper badge (“coppers”)  Major departure from British model: officers carried side arms because criminals were often armed

11  Patronage for selection and advancement  Chiefs had little authority  Political corruption infused decisions  Training mostly on the job “war stories”  Local control: heavily decentralized, autonomous precincts  Rampant police corruption  Chiefs and precinct commanders established payment systems to allow vice and prostitution  Individual officers shook down peddlers and thieves  Heavily involved in strikebreaking  Community roles – officers worked soup lines, helped immigrants  Closeness a double-edge sword  Promoted corruption, interfered with supervision

12  During the “Progressives” tried to reform the police & remove it from political control  Centralized command  Better quality officers  Narrower mission  Civil service  Sought to distance officers from citizens to reduce corruption  Focus policing on law enforcement  Scientific administration (Taylor’s management principles)Taylor’s management principles  Develop standard procedures: “routinize” police work  Reduce discretion where possible  Task specialization: special assignments and units  Measure output: quantifiable results (arrests and crime rate)

13  Bicycle, then motorized patrol  Records system  Scientific investigation  1920: lie detector  1924: fingerprint system  Modus Operandi system (track criminals by their methods)  Formal police training  1916: Established UC Berkeley School of Criminology  Applicant psychological and aptitude testing  Recruit college graduates  Against the tide: encouraged police to do social work

14  Society beset by crime, gang wars  Policing suffers from abuses, excessive force (“third degree”) and corruption  Recommendations  Get politics out of law enforcement  Select Chiefs and officers on merit  Physical standards  Improve salaries and working conditions  Good training  Professionalize, specialize ▪ Hire women ▪ Crime prevention and crime investigation bureaus

15  Hired as a patrol officer in 1927  1930’s L.A. was beset by municipal corruption under the regime of Mayor Frank L. Shaw, who was recalled in 1938  Parker became Chief in 1950, revamped the Department into the epitome of the “professional model”  Dismissed many abusive and incompetent officers  Implemented modern organizational principles  Imposed rigorous civil-service driven officer selection process  Greatly improved training  Instilled discipline and esprit de corps

16  Urban unrest, including the Watts riot of August 1965 led many to question the assumptions of the professional modelWatts riot  A series of Government studies suggested that poor police practices contributed to disorder  Recommended changes  More minority officers  Higher educational standards  Enhance officer training  Improve oversight and discipline  Focus on community relations

17  Criticism of the professional model  Police agencies are isolated and unresponsive  Police have overlooked other obligations to the community  Officers have become detached from the citizens they serve  Officers stereotype persons and are careless about using force  To-do list  Defuse tensions in inner cities  Narrow the distance between police and the public to improve relations and build trust  Share information to learn more about local problems  1970’s – Team policing  Officers as generalists, provide all services in a fixed area  1980’s – Community policing  Community meetings – give citizens a role in police decisions and deployment  Neighborhood police stations, foot and bicycle patrols  1990’s – Problem-oriented policing  Fight crime with a problem-solving approach  COPS – combine community-oriented and problem-solving policing COPS

18 Guns Other Total U.K. pop. 62 millionU.S. pop. 309 million5 X 36 X Guns Other Total X Guns Total

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