Every individual living as a citizen of this country has rights that are given to him/her by the sovereign nation. Those who work in the law enforcement system have to work hard in order to make the right judgment calls. Through various surveys conducted in the country, an alarming result was measured.
About half of the majority viewed police officers as enforcers and not protectors. This shows the lack of trust people have developed towards the justice department. This raises our concern as trust is important as it plays the mediator between these two. But, it is no lie there have been multiple incidents where police or the justice system curbed ethics and punished the wrong person.
We have highlighted some of the major red flags in the criminal justice system. You Should know these by heart so that you don’t end up like alot of falsely accused people just because you don’t know these tactics well.
Prejudice/Hostility Towards A Group
This one has become popular nowadays even more. Due to the opportunities in the USA, a lot of people migrated here and became a law-abiding citizen. Which is why the USA is the most diverse country in the entire world. With Caucasians being in majority, African Americans are the largest in racial minority amounted to 12.7 %. Apart from these, the USA is home to 17.8% of Latin and Hispanic ethnic minority.
Apart from this, Asians and Europeans are also a part of our society. Due to ethnic and racial clashes, there were certain beliefs established about people of different ethnicity and race. This affects the judgment of the police officers. Every time they have a critical case on their hands, and a suspect is either African American or Hispanic, the judgment is affected. This is because they let themselves be biased and believe in the false prejudice. There have been cases in American history where people belonging to these minorities were forced to confess for a crime they did not commit.
Another important ethical violation is when police officers deal deceptively with their suspects. this is often backed by their prejudice against a group of people. Which is why they end up threatening the suspect into false confessions. They threaten them with life sentences, possible attacks etc. In any case, there is a deadline too. Police Officers have to find the culprit soon. This is why they often think acting like the bad cop will make the possible culprit accept his crimes. However, many times this scares the suspect who confesses to a crime which he didn’t even commit.
Use Of Force
Whenever there is a possible suspect, the police has to catch that person no matter what. They end up chasing that person down a road or on foot. Sometimes, the suspect is not even running away and easily complies with the orders to stop. But, the state of confusion and adrenaline rush often causes officers to think the suspect is not gonna come easy so they end up using blunt force.
This force s often used also because of racial biases. This has resulted in multiple deaths of African Americans all over the USA. Not only this, alot of people ended up losing a lot more than just their life. This is why it is important for the officers to keep their heads clear and see every individual the same.
Tampering With Evidence
Though this happens rarely it is true in a lot of cases. Tampering is when someone either removes evidence or plants a new item on the crime scene. This is regarded as a highly unethical act. In 2002, four police officers were brought in court for planting false evidence against a group of people on a crime scene. This highlighted major concerns and a proper investigation was ordered.
Many times, people with recognition in society often pay any officer they consider weak to bribe. This action is done to save the individual for a crime that he committed. In other cases certain gangsters or members of mafia also bribe officers. In return, the officer has to blame somebody for the crime, so he implants fake evidence and arrests an innocent individual.
There is no doubt that our police force is doing an amazing job but there is room for obstruction of justice. Hence, if the justice systems are monitored carefully , these errors eliminate from our society.