Police Theory Vs Conflict Theory

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Cops are a figure of authority and are the ones that enforce the law and make sure citizens are safe to the best of their ability. Police officers are the ones that risk their lives daily, however the crime article I found reported the opposite of a police officer. Officer Daniel Holtzclaw was a formal officer in Oklahoma City police department and a well-known one. On November 2015 about thirteen women accused Holtzclaw of abusing his power to forced them to have sex or to performed oral sex on him, the article contains thirteen stories of the women abused. Each women describes how Daniel sexually abused them (Testa, 2015). The testimonies were not the only evidence that the prosecutor had against the officer, DNA evidence was also found …show more content…
Some criminals weight the consequences and know what the punishment might, but commit the crime either way. (Tania, 2014). Rational theory applies to all people from different social classes it does not just focus on specific class. It also explains that any person no matter how powerful she/he is they will commit a crime if they want to. People have choices, in this case Daniel had the opportunity to either commit the crime or not. I believe the rational theory can be applied to this particular case because it does not focus on a certain population or location. Another theory that I believe can be related to the case mention above is conflict theory. From time to time there has been conflict between classes and we tend to think that crimes are more likely to be committed in urban areas, conflict theory explains that many individuals believe the poor are the ones to blame for crime rate going up. According to the blog Criminology Theories: The Varied Reasons Why People Commit Crimes, “The criminal justice system and criminal law are thought to be operating on behalf of rich and powerful social elites, with resulting policies aimed at controlling the poor” (Tania, 2014). It also states that people with power are most likely to receive a less severe punishment for a serious crime compare to a person with no power. The conflict theory explains that powerful individuals set the morality and …show more content…
Everyone will find a different answer and will agree with different theory. In this case I presented my opinion and perspective of the crime. It also demonstrated that he did not get away and he is going to spend the rest of his life in prison. What police officer need to understand is that they are hold to a high standard since they are the ones that enforce the law. We will never know why he abused the woman, but with the facts collected in the case we can come up with our own

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