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    What Is Causing Police Corruption?

    It seems that with the advent of the camera-phone, police are being shown to engage in criminal behavior far more frequently than ever before. I can only think of three things.

    1) Cameraphones affect a cop's brain causing them to be more corrupt when on film.

    2) Police have always had a high level of corruption, but cameraphones allows it to be caught on camera.

    3) The police departments have bloated budgets so they hire any droog off the street to fill their rosters.

    4) Cops have too much time on their hands and so they engage in corruption for excitement.
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    Re: What Is Causing Police Corruption?

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    Re: What Is Causing Police Corruption?

    Sounds to me like this should have been a poll.
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    (Love the use of the word "droog", Alex would be proud.)
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    Re: What Is Causing Police Corruption?

    The Stanford Prison Experiment: Still powerful after all these years (1/97)

    The Stanford Prison experiment - a college based study of human psychology gone terribly wrong really covers quite a bit of it. They are that way because they CAN be that way.

    And the other main component doesn't have a clever/disturbing study to cite - it has to do with the consistent state of exposure they have TO the worst of the worst in society. I think they begin to see most people through that filter: criminals / not good civilians.

    And then there's the 'green' excuse. "He's new - he was nervous" -- To which I declare bull**** every time. He was new and nervous so he couldn't have been given a gun to accidentally shoot someone with.
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    Re: What Is Causing Police Corruption?

    Quote Originally Posted by reinoe View Post
    It seems that with the advent of the camera-phone, police are being shown to engage in criminal behavior far more frequently than ever before. I can only think of three things.

    1) Cameraphones affect a cop's brain causing them to be more corrupt when on film.

    2) Police have always had a high level of corruption, but cameraphones allows it to be caught on camera.

    3) The police departments have bloated budgets so they hire any droog off the street to fill their rosters.

    4) Cops have too much time on their hands and so they engage in corruption for excitement.
    There has always been a certain segment of every group in existence that is corrupt. There are probably as many reasons why as there are people. But the main reason is gain.
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    Re: What Is Causing Police Corruption?

    Quote Originally Posted by reinoe View Post
    It seems that with the advent of the camera-phone, police are being shown to engage in criminal behavior far more frequently than ever before. I can only think of three things.

    1) Cameraphones affect a cop's brain causing them to be more corrupt when on film.

    2) Police have always had a high level of corruption, but cameraphones allows it to be caught on camera.

    3) The police departments have bloated budgets so they hire any droog off the street to fill their rosters.

    4) Cops have too much time on their hands and so they engage in corruption for excitement.
    The answer depends on how obliquely you want to approach the topic, with the most oblique observation being that power corrupts.

    Taking a more concrete view, law enforcement in general has base origins, with institutions of justice in medieval society being officiated by the guys who could swing clubs hardest to beat the peasants into submission on behalf of the interests of the local tyrants. Towns in the Old West employed former outlaws who were tired of living with a criminal status to be their sherrifs, securing pardons from governors who thought it was a good idea to kill two birds with one stone: pit dangerous outlaws against other dangerous outlaws. Numerous police precincts in cities with historically marginalized ethnic groups (Italians, Irish, Poles, Blacks, Jews, etc) recruited from the same neighborhoods that supplied fresh blood to the mafia and other crime syndicates, meaning that police and criminals shared an extended network of blood and communual relations. Being a cop converts physical force into a authority that commands fear and respect, which makes it an alluring line of work to a class of humanity that grew up lacking the agency or self respect that woud enable them to appreciate abstract moral concerns like justice or restraint.

    Similarly, although you would think rich people who grew up poor would be uniformly generous and sympathetic, they tend to be petty and grasping because there's a big hole in their psyche where all their unfulfilled material desires from childhood left a crater.
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    Re: What Is Causing Police Corruption?

    Quote Originally Posted by reinoe View Post
    It seems that with the advent of the camera-phone, police are being shown to engage in criminal behavior far more frequently than ever before. I can only think of three things.

    1) Cameraphones affect a cop's brain causing them to be more corrupt when on film.

    2) Police have always had a high level of corruption, but cameraphones allows it to be caught on camera.

    3) The police departments have bloated budgets so they hire any droog off the street to fill their rosters.

    4) Cops have too much time on their hands and so they engage in corruption for excitement.

    There is no high level of police corruption in the US. An occasional corrupt cop or two doesn't mean corruption is rampant.People have easier access to video cameras and those video cameras are a standard feature on our phones. So it makes sense that when police misconduct happens it will get exposed a lot easier compared to twenty or thirty years ago when most people did not have cameras and those that had video cameras did not carry them 24/7.
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    Re: What Is Causing Police Corruption?

    Quote Originally Posted by reinoe View Post
    2) Police have always had a high level of corruption, but cameraphones allows it to be caught on camera.
    This is probably closest IMO but "high" is a relative term and you've not made clear what you're comparing it to. There is corruption pretty much everywhere, though how (if!) it gets identified and addressed varies massively in different environments.

    I'm not convinced there is anything special about the amount of corruption within politicking in general, though the nature of the situation means the consequences of it there can be very serious. That's far from unique to policing though.

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    Re: What Is Causing Police Corruption?

    It is definitely number two. And corruption IS high. Corruption isn't just the cops who abuse their power, it is also the even larger number of cops who look the other way when such abuse happens. Cops that turn on their own don't seem to last long on the force. They aren't bad people, but the police culture is highly flawed.

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    Re: What Is Causing Police Corruption?

    I wonder what would happen if phones were trained on the average police day by day action instead of hyping up the few bad apples?

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