Introduction. In The Beginning, I Dreaded The Thought Of

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Introduction In the beginning, I dreaded the thought of taking this course. I have no problem with people who think differently than I do, but I truly hate hearing heated political arguments filled with arrogance, stubbornness and ignorance. I knew the course would be academically difficult and the topics would drive me up the wall. To some extend, I was right. There were days in the class that tried my patience and morality, but I took away lessons I wasn’t expecting. I didn’t know how many gray areas existed in our justice system, and I didn’t realize the extent of these issues. I’m not sure where I stand on every topic, but I know that our justice system is moving farther away from serving justice, and there are no easy answers for…show more content…
We rarely go deeper into why the cops do what they do. Cops are trained to maintain social order and stay safe, but “emotional aspect of a police career is given far less, if any, attention” (Gilmartin, 2002, pp. 7-8). The struggles and stresses of the job often seep into the day-to-day lives of police officers (Gilmartin, 2002, p. 47), and eventually the nonpolice aspects of their lives are severely damaged or cease to exist (Gilmartin, 2002, pp. 69-70). This kind of stress and strain is psychologically damaging. Eventually officers “[break] or [ignore] administrative rules,” even leading to criminal violations (Gilmartin, 2002, p. 108). The question is how can we blame them? When cops must withstand constant violence and fear in the name of their job, how can their core values not be compromised, and how can they avoid losing their humanity (Gilmartin, 2002, p. 27)? There is also the issue with corruption when seizing assets. As law enforcement budgets are cut, more police agencies use forfeiture profits to recover funds (Holcomb & Williams, 2011, p. 275). Research shows that the possibility of making a profit strongly influences operational decisions in police officers (Holcomb & Williams, 2011, p. 275). Forfeiture funds must be used for approved purposes, but evidence suggests that forfeiture is often abused to make profits and can lead officers to base decisions on financial incentives and

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