Essay Police Corruption

1468 Words Oct 15th, 2012 6 Pages
The police in America
(The Knapp & Mollen Commission)

Jarrett M. Adams

Professor Bill Harmening
April 3, 2012
Police corruption comes at an extraordinary cost. First and foremost, a corrupt act committed by any law official is a crime. Police corruption also diminishes the integrity of the police and tarnishes the public image of law enforcement. Furthermore, corruption protects other criminal activity such as drug dealing and prostitution. Protected criminal activities are a huge threat to the community because they are able to operate with the help of law enforcement. This paper will explore the efforts put forth by the
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The Knapp Commission: Findings The commission report, based on the work of a 30-person staff, including about a dozen investigators asserted that the Lindsay administration had failed to promptly investigate reports on specific corrupt acts, despite evidence that the corruption was widespread. Bit by bit, reports of the commission’s findings of police corruption in New York City leaked out to the public. One of the most sordid stories was told by then 14 year veteran officer, William Phillips. Officer Phillips, explained how he and innumerable other cops had taken bribes as casually as they had handed out parking tickets. Phillips told of three Queens Narcotic officers who split $80,000 that they picked up in a narcotics raid. Phillips went on to testify that he knew of no officers assigned to gambling who was not on the take after two months. Phillips obviously learned fast. When he first joined the force, he did not get any offers for a while. He was being watched for telltale signs of integrity. When they did not appear, a fellow cop made the first approach by telling him where to get a free meal. From then on, he regularly freeloaded, though as he told the Commission, he tried not to go to a restaurant during "real busy hours." The free meal is a first test of the corrupt cop. If he passes it, he is on his way. When a Commission member asked Phillips how he could tell that a certain lieutenant was honest,

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