Behind the Power: A Reflection of Police Brutality, Abuse of Power and Crossing the Line The author analyzes national and local cases of what some call police brutality, abuse of power, and corruption—when those wielding the badge cross the thin blue line. No police force in the United States is perfect. Each is marred by corruption, or controversy. History can tell us that there have been prime examples of when police officers were influenced by politicians, the higher class, and their own needs. The current El Paso Police Department is a prime example.
Introduction Police corruption has been going on for many years. There are a number of crimes that the police have committed. Police brutality is not the only crime that they commit. There are some police officers, who have received gratuities from people, abused the legal system by planting evidence, perjuring themselves, hiding evidence, and using drugs while on and off duty. The Rampart division of the Los Angeles police department dabbled in a lot of those corruptive behaviors.
There is a large profit that can result from drug trafficking, which could be one of the reasons behind the crime not always being viewed under a zero tolerance policy. The global crimes that have become some of the largest issues previously mentioned always make the implication that some sort of organized crime has occurred or is occurring. A problem that arises when organized crimes occur is that there are often “crooked” police officers who handle the law unfairly among certain suspects or criminals. Another issue in drug trafficking is that sometimes, groups of organized crimes all link to a business or business people. One other issue for drug and human trafficking crimes is border security and safety.
Many abandon building are being boarded up to help prevent addicts and sales and or prostitution. Many drug dealers are arguing of the invasion of privacy when police are found tapping prevent the war on drugs and save lives. Line or checking out suspicious activity revealed my local community leaders and civilians. With police policing many areas, drug dealers are not hanging on corners as in prior years. It was said in on story a potential drug dealer was giving his bank account information on the phone when his call was intercepted.
Instead of an estimated decrease in violence, crime and alcohol consumption, it led to an increase in at least violence and crime. When people could not gain access to alcohol the way they were used to, they had to find an alternate source. This led to a huge black market for alcohol and the start for one of America's most infamous gangsters: Al Capone. The alcohol supplied was however no longer produced under legitimate supervision, and had often been spiked with poison and chemicals, which led to an increase in deaths from alcoholic poisoning. The huge black market for alcohol controlled by crime organizations grew so large that many of the criminal groups were able to build their empires mainly on profits from illegal alcohol.
However, to a large extend the figures in the two sources do show that prohibition was not successful. The public were producing more and more alcohol as a result of the restrictions placed on them. Prohibition went against the previously accepted way of life and restricting this only helped to push the production and drinking of alcohol underground. People became very clever at finding ways to obtain recipes for producing their own alcohol and the 25% increase in illegal stills seized by the government proves this. If the police were doing their job properly, the figures should be decreasing not increasing.
Some emerge within the system, and some emerge due to the laws the systems created. Al Capone created his deviant subculture due to the prohibition of alcohol-(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Capone) He created his own mob that’s own lifeblood relies on the selling of alcohol illegally. Capone had power, but not the same kind of protection that corporate power guarantees. He was well protected due to the use of mob related violence. When he was brought to justice by Elliot Ness the punishment was similar to a bottom of the barrel criminal.
Organized crime participants are master manipulators and can easily instill fear in the citizens within the area. This fear is often times enough to keep innocent people quiet when being questioned by law enforcement. This practice has helped organized crime not only survive but evolve within the United States. In addition, when the criminal group has the assistance of local law enforcement and judicial officials, it becomes common for a criminal case to end in a dismissal. In conclusion, it can be said that crime and politics have existed in America for decades, Money, and power are both present in crime and politics.
In Mexico it's is no secret that things aren't going smoothly. Their government is corrupt followed by their police enforcement. Their government steals their taxes from them, about 15% (The main reasons, 2008). I don't know about you but I would want to leave if my country was stealing money from me. Law enforcement is abused in many ways.
There were more than 540,000 arrests made due to people ignoring the law. The illegal production and distribution of alcohol or liquor became common. Huge profits were made smuggling liquor. All over the country police and politicians were more interested in being paid off well than in trying to fight the increasing criminality. Organized crime on the illegal trade of alcohol became big business.