View Poll Results: Is Police corruption a serious problem in the USA?

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  • Yes, it is a serious problem.

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  • It is a problem, but not that bad.

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  • There are good cops and bad cops. Not too serious either way.

    6 17.14%
  • No, it's not that big of a problem

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    Re: Is Police corruption a serious problem in the USA?

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    Re: Is Police corruption a serious problem in the USA?

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    I personally think it starts from the ground up, with the general population. A generally corrupt society will have corrupt officials.
    Corruption is inherent in any governmental system. The bigger the government, the greater the corruption. Only in unrestricted democracies does the level of corruption in the society reflect in the government. Socialism, in part, derives from corrupting the legitimate functions of a government.

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    Re: Is Police corruption a serious problem in the USA?

    Quote Originally Posted by DVSentinel View Post
    Corruption is inherent in any governmental system. The bigger the government, the greater the corruption. Only in unrestricted democracies does the level of corruption in the society reflect in the government. Socialism, in part, derives from corrupting the legitimate functions of a government.

    Some people will always seek power and wealth. If they have one, but not the other, then they will use what they have to gain the other.
    Frankly, I think it's inherent in humanity as a whole, and not confined to people in power.
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    Re: Is Police corruption a serious problem in the USA?

    Is there a serious problem with police violating the law and their professional standards for profit? No, not really; it happens, but at very low rates.

    Is there a problem with the law and the professional standards of law enforcement being inherently corrupt? Yes, absolutely.

    It isn't the police we need to be crucifying.

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    Re: Is Police corruption a serious problem in the USA?

    Quote Originally Posted by DVSentinel View Post
    Corruption is inherent in any governmental system. The bigger the government, the greater the corruption. Only in unrestricted democracies does the level of corruption in the society reflect in the government. Socialism, in part, derives from corrupting the legitimate functions of a government.

    Some people will always seek power and wealth. If they have one, but not the other, then they will use what they have to gain the other.
    Corruption is inherent in any governmental system because all governmental systems are created by humans. Attempts can be made to limit corruption (as I understand it, many of the decisions made by the "Founding Fathers" were designed to prevent corruption, since they just prior had to deal with corruption by starting a revolutionary war).

    The key thing to remember when creating a governmental system is that every single position which wields any level of control and is filled by a human is a window for possible corruption to enter the system. Thus checks and balances. Thus 3 separate but (theoretically) equal branches of government.

    And every single voter is ALSO a chance for corruption to enter the system, intentionally or unintentionally. Thus representative republic, instead of direct voting. Thus, originally, the senators were selected by the state congress, rather than direct vote ( I think?)

    Layers of insulation between voters and decisions, to prevent "mob rule" (a form of corruption).


    Edit: Thus I get slightly pissed at people who complain that the politicians are not listening to the voters...in a way, they're right...but in another way, that's how we got where we are today.
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    Re: Is Police corruption a serious problem in the USA?

    It is a serious problem in that it happens across the country, in varying police departments, and enough times so as to be pretty serious.
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    Re: Is Police corruption a serious problem in the USA?

    It's alot better than in previous decades. It's bad at times, but on average, not that serious. Work to be done though on that front, it's no laughing matter.
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    Re: Is Police corruption a serious problem in the USA?

    It's not common wisdom that when in police custody one can simply bribe their way out of a hassle, unlike, say, Russia or Mexico. Certainly not saying that corruption isn't a thing, only that it's no so much a thing that its ubiquity has bled into the mainstream.

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