Is Police corruption a serious problem in the USA? - Any corruption in our justice system is serious.
The flaw within our justice system is the same flaw that plagues many other aspects of our lives. That is the people that are in a position of authority are largely acting in self interest and often times acts of corruption can propel them to some fulfilled desire.
I believe the system is very corrupt and dishonest it is all about the degree of that corruption and dishonestly. I know from my personal experience with the system how dishonest it can be. I have had police officers flat out lie about what I said and when I said it in order to build a case against me. Luckily it did not hold up in court but the officers were never brought to question. The system is one of I'll watch your back and you watch mine.
In another instance a close family member of mine which I posted about here some time ago was a trouble maker but the police and PA were unable to bring enough proof against him to convict him of a crime so instead they charged him with a crime and then would let that charge expire without bringing it to court. They did this three different times I believe hoping he would not be able to bond out and remain in jail thus removing him from their hair. If he had been unable to bond out he would have spent 3 years in the county jail awaiting a trials that would never have happen.
Our system seems to be one of "find someone guilty of the crime" and it doesn't necessarily have to be the guilty party as long as they have someone punished for it. Personally I feel that anyone wrongly convicted and it can be proven that they were wrongly convicted then the PA should serve part of that sentence. Picking up innocent persons and then prosecuting them without absolute proof should be a felony imo. If we let these sort of conviction continue to happen what is stopping it from happening to you? You could be picked up today for a serious crime you know nothing about and spend the rest of your life in prison because of a over zealous system that just wants to convict someone.