Essay on Case Analysis : ' Broken Windows Theory '

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Theoretical Standpoint behind why Police Engage in Misconduct Mainly against Black Males

Police use of deadly force against black males is more prevalent in low-income black communities. There are several theories that support the reason behind why police chose to use deadly/physical excessive force. According to Wilson and Kelling’s (1982) “Broken Windows Theory” argument, it states that little offenses lead to big problems if communities aren’t concerned about the disorder and minor offenses. In addition, the sociology of risk and mistake which is (rooted in organizational sociology) it is the sub-discipline that analyzes the structure and operation of formal organizations, such as police departments it reveals that police organizations are prone to risk and mistake (Scharf and Binder, 1983). Sociologist Charles Perrow developed the Normal Accident Theory (NAT) in the early 1980’s. The Normal Accident Theory asks the question “why bad things happen in high-tech systems” using a nuclear power plan for example (1) complexity of systems and the extent to which their elements are coupled, or tied together, (2) as the number of elements in a system grows and interactions among the elements increase, the system becomes more complex and (3) the more complex the line system, the more things can go wrong and the less likely humans are to immediately understand what is happening which makes it difficult to respond immediately. Policing is not an easy profession; the…

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