They have been proven to decrease the amount of complaints towards officers and lowering the amount of police force. Body cameras being equipped on patrol officers would make an easier way to prosecute criminals and bring justice. After the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, the use of police body cameras intensified, spreading to different departments across the country. “The use of body cameras by police officers has begun to receive a good deal of attention from police departments, lawmakers, media, and the public” (5 Ways Body Worn Cameras Have Helped Police Officers). While body cameras can be very helpful on patrols and investigations, on duty police officers should be required to equip themselves with a body camera so they have an accurate description of the suspect, which can lower the amount of unsolved cases, and provide video footage
As with any criminal case, there are always a number of issues pertaining the stages of the crime and also the media and the general public’s opinion of the case. Many of the issues and explicit actions of certain individuals that had happened during the Corryn Rayney case had affected the interpretation of the case in someway for both government workers and the general public. By analysing the issues of the case, it allows a much more detailed view on the case and how most of the issues are linked in one way or another. One of the issues regarding this case was where a police officer had been found attempting to pressure forensic pathologists to alter their case reports to align with their best interests. The particular officer who was responsible was free from any charges, receiving no punishment as their actions were deemed to be ‘unreasonable (Grant - Taylor, 2014)’.
Can a picture really say a thousand words? In this case the answer is definitely no. These mugshots are just the beginning of these twisted stories. When a person is arrested it is common practice as part of the booking process for the police to take a photograph of the individual. These photos are used as a form of identification for the prisoner and can also be shown to victims or witnesses of the crime.
As I go further throughout this chapter, I began to realize this chapter is about judgment of character, where you from and the ongoing justice for black lives. One of the interesting things about this chapter is where it explains the situation where the police commissioner is dealing with his fellow officers, as they wonder what side is he actually on. Which was also confusion. For example, where the police commissioner would visit the community park and the gym, where the truce meetings were held. The confusion part of this chapter was that he would actually talk the gang members, some gave him the okay to communicate and some wanted to kill him, because of the obvious, of him being a cop.
Peacemaking criminology, Radical criminology, and Feminist criminology are the three schools of conflict theories of criminology. Peacemaking criminology is basically a way to get people together to come together as one to stop crime. They look at trying to minimize social problems and human suffering to help reduce the crime rate. Its basically a way to service others and to bring compassion and love and wisdom to people so they can understand better to help lower violence. Right now our justice system is taking down criminals by using criminal ways ourselves.
When a non law abiding citizen commits a crime, we the people of the community wants to see some actions taken by the law enforcement officers. When the people see such action being taken and the drug and violence comes to a low, the people feel a little safer in the community in which they live in. However, if the police officer does their part and arrest these destruction law offenders, but the court system has a different approach in the crimes that are being committed in our neighborhoods, why ask the people to work along side with the law enforcement officers? The “get tough” approach on crime has pros and cons to mandatory and minimum sentencing. The courts have different ways of handling the sentencing when a non-law abiding citizen
“Stop-and-frisk” has been a practice in the United States for many years. This is where racial profiling comes into play with law enforcement. It gives law enforcement the authority to harass anyone of any color without reason. “Stop-and-frisk” without clause is now considered a violation of the 4th and 14th Amendments (Goldstein, 2013). The government could try different tactics to stop this harassment of people of color, different ethnicities, and origins.
The deterrence theory of punishment justifies punishment as a necessary measure to prevent people from committing crimes. It deters previous offenders and those who have not committed a crime and are contemplating committing crimes. The punishment should be sufficient so that people choose not to commit the crime rather than being punished. Laws are intended to maximise happiness in the society.
People may think this helps the police when it comes down to solving a crime, yet it fenders them tremendously. Majority of the time a race is singled out depending on the crime that was committed, while the police are looking for a specific race this gives the suspect time to get away, or even blend in with the crowd and act as if they are victims or bystanders. Clegg mentions “Some would argue that racial profiling is perfectly rational and ought therefore to be unobjectionable. The argument is that a disproportionate amount of street crime is committed by people who are young, and male, and black, and if you are all three then it makes perfect sense for the police to keep an especially keen eye on you, and pull you over more often, question you more carefully, and press you more aggressively to allow a search of your car. That is, it makes perfect sense if all the police are trying to do is maximize in the short term the number of their successful searches and arrests.” For example, if a shooting breaks out everyone will automatically think it is somebody of the arabic descendent not someone who’s white or black.
If high school students were stopped every time they saw a police officer that student will begin thinking if they keep stopping me, they might as well make it a real reason. And it is true as it is stated by Tanovich (2006), “Will likely develop a chip on his shoulder, an attitude, or a distrust of authority—all of which will be interpreted negatively”. Law enforcement officers need to keep in mind that their actions may possibly cause a negative reaction. In comparison, Higgins et al (2015), does describe the “War on Drugs” practice to quickly help eliminate or identify the potential suspects and allows officers to become more efficient at proactive law enforcement. Overall, it has also been documented that racial profiling has been misused in a way that has allowed officers to act upon their biases (Higgins et al,
Why we should incarcerate drug users Currently one of the less heated but still talked about debates is the issue of what we should do with those who have been caught using illegal substances. Some people say that we should be giving them rehab, and some say that they deserve to be in their. Both sides have their points, but the evidence points towards incarceration being a better option. The reason our judicial system incarcerates drug abusers are because enforcement will discourage drug use, it will keep them away from innocent people, and it will punish the addicts so they know not to do it again. While there are many reasons to be for the legalization of drugs, many people forget that the reason they’re illegal is to discourage drug