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

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

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    Is Police corruption a serious problem in the USA?

    Simple question. Do you think police corruption is a serious problem in the USA?
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    Re: Is Police corruption a serious problem in the USA?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jredbaron96 View Post
    Simple question. Do you think police corruption is a serious problem in the USA?
    No. I know it exists; when it happens and comes under scrutiny, people are outraged because they hold such powerful positions of trust. But I'm pretty sure, human nature being what it is, that most of them are honest, hard-working and dedicated to their jobs.

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

    I think there might be a more covert corruption in their daily practice, with the excuse it is more practicle. For example, arrest 2, have one be witness and the other burn, with the witness going free...etc. Easy arrest and clear the cases. Might not even be the police's fault, but what we citizens expect of them.
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    Re: Is Police corruption a serious problem in the USA?

    It's hard to say for sure. In areas such as the one I live in, I highly doubt it. In urban inner-city areas, I wouldn't be surprised.
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    Re: Is Police corruption a serious problem in the USA?

    It is a serious problem, not because we have especially bad cops, but because there is not enough accountability. The most significant problem isn't thefts and bribes, it is arrogance and disrespect for the community, especially by officers with poor anger management skills.

    The lack of accountability is because too many politicians are scared to challenge police unions because they need their donations and endorsements. When there is a system that keeps the police accountable, it is often because activists used lawsuits and/or ballot measures to have accountability measures enacted.

    Another source of the problem is that there are often incentives for police corruption, such as the drug laws and/or the laws that allow the police to use assets seized from suspects. The federal government's trend of encouraging police militarization (through Homeland Security grants and other measures) also tends to separate the police form the community, making them more like an occupying force in many neighborhoods.

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

    I think corruption is rampant in America, but not just the police, not even just the penal system. Unions are corrupt, gov't agencies are corrupt, our politicians are corrupt, many of our religions are corrupt. Problem is that power and authority creates a climate of corruption that humans seem unable to resist for the most part, regardless of the purest initial intentions. Surely some individuals are above and beyond in all these categories, and more, so this is a generalization of humankind.
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    Re: Is Police corruption a serious problem in the USA?

    No it isn't. I have learned so much about how police officers operated even just 50 or 100 years ago that there is simply no way to say that we are corrupt now compared to any other time in history.

    And no job is going to have zero abuse/corruption in it. We work hard to limit it to the very best of our abilities. And we do good at this.

    The public demands more and more from the police as well, while believing what they see on TV or in the movies. I even wrote papers on these things. Look at Lethal Weapon. Murtaugh is constantly getting onto Briggs about shooting to wound rather than killing. IRL, that is never a good policy. But people still set that expectation of police and expect police to follow it or they crucify the police. "Why did you use that force level when we <the public> believe that you could have subdued that person with less?" The public believes that they are experts on what police policies should be and how to best handle criminals and get politicians to "agree" with them, holding the police to a higher standard than is reasonable, in many cases.

    Now, sure there are bad cops and even bad policies in LE. But even then, we see the bad ones being focused on and held up as "examples" of every cop, leading to the ones trying to actually enforce laws and protect people are taking the heat for it.
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    Re: Is Police corruption a serious problem in the USA?

    Not really. It exists, but it's not pandemic.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Jredbaron96 View Post
    Simple question. Do you think police corruption is a serious problem in the USA?
    Maybe corruption in the cities, but not otherwise. On the other hand, the militarization of police all over the Nation has led to more shootings of unarmed civilians than is tolerable. The local police forces now think that they are under Federal control and that is not good.

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

    I don't think corruption at the police level is all that bad. Sure it exist some, but not that big a deal when compared to the corruption of the political system that "creates" the laws that police are forced to enforce.
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