Police Misconduct And Civilian Oversight Enforcement Essay

747 Words Dec 6th, 2016 3 Pages
Law enforcement use of deadly and excessive force continues to create distrust among communities of color, while civilian oversight agencies aim to build community trust and confidence through external oversight. Historically, communities of colors have complained of excessive force or racism, which is “often the motivating factor behind the formation of civilian oversight boards” (Snow, 1992). Furthermore, current national events in which officer’s use deadly force has stimulated further interest in civilian oversight of law enforcement agencies. Citizens want their concerns addressed and civilian oversight agencies have the solution to address those concerns by effectively “investigating, reviewing, auditing, and analyzing individual cases or patterns of police misconduct” (Buchner, 2014). Therefore, to combat police misconduct, civilian oversight agencies have to effectively advocate for greater accountability mechanisms through data transparency and civic engagement.
Civilian oversight agencies can review law enforcement agency’s internal mechanisms to address issues of accountability. Critical incidents of excessive or deadly force causes citizens to lose trust in law enforcement review systems, procedures, and policies when law enforcement agencies do not hold officers accountable. Furthermore, citizens accuse law enforcement agencies of “unequally disciplining the same types of offenses, taking too long to investigate complaints, being unable to break through the…

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