Criminal Justice Summary: The Blue Line Of Justice

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CHAPTER THREE - The Blue Line of Justice. What is the blue line of justice? Depending on the police officer and police department, the thin blue line has various meanings. Some believe the blue line represents a police officer separating good and evil, chaos and order and justice and injustice. The majority of police officers believe the blue line represents the line between life and death a police officer face every single day. The blue line is derived from the traditional color of most police uniforms worn by municipal police officers throughout the history of modern policing. The concept of the blue line was discussed in the 1965 documentary entitled, The Thin Blue Line, produced by American film director William Friedkin, which explored the cultural brotherhood of police officers. The documentary was produced at a time when the term "Pig" was used to derogatorily reference police officers and police brutality was acceptable. There was never a solid explanation why police officers are referred to the term "pig" except during the mid-1500, the term pig was used to describe a heartily disliked person. The earliest…show more content…
Using a basic descriptive analysis of the fatalities, criminal justice researchers from the Universities of Louisville and South Carolina, examined data for evidence of implicit bias by using multivariate regression models to predict any failures of threat perception: did the suspect attack the police officer(s) or other individual before deadly force; or (2) was the suspect armed when fatally shot. The analysis indicated that police officers are more likely to kill unarmed African-Americans who pose no threat than they were to fatally kill White Americans. One of the researchers, Justin Nix, concluded the only thing significant in the predictions was whether the unarmed suspect shot by a police officer was

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