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1 THE LIMITS OF POLICE AUTHORITY! Chapter 9

2 TYPES OF POLICE CORRUPTION What is racial profiling? What are the types of police corruption? When is force acceptable to use?

3 RACIAL PROFILING A bank is robbed and the suspect is described as an Asian women driving a red sports car. Police start looking for such a suspect. Is this racial profiling? A bank is robbed and the suspect is described as an Asian women driving a red sports car. Police start looking for such a suspect. Is this racial profiling?

4 POLICE CORRUPTION Meat Eaters: Meat Eaters: police officers who actively seek bribes or other favors. – They may extort money from people in exchange for letting them go and even commit crimes such as dealing drugs, burglary, robbery, or murder for hire. Grass Eaters: Grass Eaters: they do not actively seek bribes or other favors, but if something is offered to them, they will accept it. – Represents a large majority of corrupt officers. Corruption can be defined as misusing one’s official powers for gain.

5 POLICE CORRUPTION This may be done in a misguided attempt to make sure justice is served or the department or unit will look good. – An officer may testify, that he saw a gun lying in plain view in the defendant’s apartment when, in fact, he found the gun in the defendant’s desk drawer.

6 USE OF FORCE Police are authorized to use force to enforce the law and make arrests. Questions arise when an officer uses a gun, a baton, or even restraining holds in particular situations. – Did the officer need to use force? – Was the force excessive? – Did the force amount to brutality?

7 USE OF FORCE As a general rule, police may use whatever level of force is reasonable and necessary to make an arrest. Police are trained to begin with the lowest level of force necessary & should escalate the level of force if the situation required it.

8 DEADLY FORCE IS COMMONLY DEFINED AS “FORCE THAT POSES A HIGH RISK OF DEATH OR SERIOUS INJURY TO ITS HUMAN TARGET, WHETHER OR NOT DEATH OR SERIOUS INJURY ACTUALLY RESULT.

9 USE OF FORCE Factors in determining whether deadly force is justified in a particular situation: – The officer is making an arrest for a felony violation. – The officer has made the reason for the arrest known to the suspect – The officer believes that deadly force is necessary to prevent death or great bodily injury to the officer or another person – The officer believes that the deadly force does not create a substantial risk to innocent persons. – The criminal used deadly force or probably will use it if arrest is delayed.

10 SPLIT SECOND DECISION If you were a police officer in a dangerous situation, how do you think you should respond to the following cases?

11 Dan Jamie Morgan Ian Julia Ulises Brenden Corey Ally Stephen Anthony Meaghan Brian Claire David I Matt Emma Rachel Ernie Oliva Zach Alieen Kyle Shane David J Will

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