Police Corruption: An Analytical Look into Police Ethics Essay

2916 Words Mar 4th, 2011 12 Pages
Police Corruption
Justin Villeneuve
Nipissing University
CRJS 4917

For years, we have considered any discussions of police misconduct as taboo. After all, these are the men and woman in which we, as citizens, give the responsibility of keeping us out of harms way. We all know it is present within law enforcement in some shape or form, but we ignore its relevance in the way our criminal justice system works. Assumptions of police misconduct and corruption have long been suppressed and silenced through false litigation and system betrayal. The silencing or ignorance of police misconduct acts a strengthening mechanism which those, who engage in this type of behaviour, use as a motivational tool. It is becoming a popular belief that
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A judge eventually dismissed these charges again due to excessive delays. This decision has not been appealed, therefore the accused were never really tried and were able to escape a conviction (Sewell, 2010). In this case, police were unable to prepare evidence against the four accused. The crown pushed very hard for them to provide evidence, but it was never given. The trials were dismissed due to excessive delays (Sewell, 2010). It could be assumed that the police were reluctant to provide sufficient evidence in order to delay the trial knowing that it would lead to a dismissal of charges. This would in turn protect their fellow officers from prosecution. The Crown or prosecution was left with no case, but made his efforts to have one. The Crown Attorney is appointed by our government as a representative of the Queen or country. The evidence is not collected by the Crown. Evidence is merely given to the Crown by police officers and, if able to secure a conviction, he or she presents the evidence in court. It is important to note that in most cases the onus of proof falls on the prosecution, therefore if the prosecution does not have any evidence the case will likely be dropped (Schuller, & Ogloff, 2002). Both of these cases involved very serious charges, but at no point were the allegations taken seriously. Although it may seem bizarre for such serious claims to

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