Necessity Of Reform Throughout Police Culture

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Thomas Cascio
Dr. Smith
18 June, 2015
Necessity of Reform in Police Culture
If America is to continue on as a civil country, where people are free to feel safe in their everyday lives, then there is a desperate need for reform in the current police culture. There is a certain culture of silence prevalent among law enforcement officers. It is usually known as the Blue Wall of Silence, or the Blue Code. It is an unwritten rule among officers, to not report on each other’s mistakes, misconducts, or crimes. It is not a far cry from the same code of honor followed by Italian-American Mafioso, who follow a code of silence, wherein being an informant was considered the blackest mark against ones manhood. It has allowed many crooked
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At a point in his life, he was shot in the face during a drug bust in an apartment building. His two fellow officers who came along with him for backup left him to die lying on the floor in a pool of his own blood. This is a very harsh real life example as to why it is so hard to find people willing to speak out against those corrupt law enforcement officers (LEO). In an article written by the retired officer himself, he states “And today the Blue Wall of Silence endures in towns and cities across America. Whistleblowers in police departments are still turned into permanent pariahs. The complaint I continue to hear is that when they try to bring injustice to light they are told by government officials: ‘We can’t afford a scandal; it would undermine public confidence in our police.’ That confidence, I dare say, is already seriously undermined.” (Serpico 2). The lack of accountability among LEO is another thing that is affected by the Blue Code. In current times, there are more and more cases of police brutality and police shootings every day. Police shootings have been at an increase over the years. In fact, The Guardian has been keeping track of police shootings and in 2015 alone there have been 500 people killed by police officers. Even with proof of wrongdoing, the rates of convictions are abysmal. Research by a Bowling Green State University criminologist shows that 41 officers in America were charged with
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