Police Policing Theory

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Over the years, the United States has been one of the most unrestricted countries in the world. Freedom is something that America has that differs from many other countries. Our freedom is limited to an extent, and kept close to lawful orders. Freedom has been the one idea or act that has led to the death or injury of one of many minorities’. Protesting and exercising a basic right such as, freedom to assemble, have been the escalation of police brutality. Other countries that have similar laws, are very strict and possess less freedom for citizens to speak their minds and act in such a free manner. The right to enforce laws are given to those that have taken an oath to uphold the rules and regulations with standards and an ethical code of …show more content…
Patrolling those societies and those with differentiated social structures tends to conform to a ‘‘divided society’’ model consistent with conflict theory: the police mainly safeguard the interest of dominant elites and subdue groups such as racial/ethnic minorities, the poor, or the political opposition. Of course, in any country frequent exceptions to the predominant model occur: police misconduct takes place where the functionalist model prevails, and the police occasionally solve crimes and arrest criminals where the divided society model prevails. The issue is: which model best typifies the performance of the police in a given national context? Among the distinctive characteristics of divided society policing are systematic bias of the police against subordinate groups, strong identification of the police with the ruling regime, and ‘‘polarized communal relations with the police, with the dominant group as a champion of the police and the subordinate group largely estranged from the police’’ (Weitzer

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