Police Corruption Essay

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Arnold Chavez Professor Satka Criminal Justice October 25, 2010 The movie I chose was “Serpico.” The setting of the movie begins with Frank Serpico the main character graduating from the Police Academy, He is determined to be a “good” cop and represent everything that the image of a law enforcer is meant to be. However, where there is bad there is good and the police force is no exception. No matter where Serpico goes Police Corruption seems to be all around and his morals are challenged time and time again. He however wants to change this and break down on Police Corruption, but of course with every department being corrupt instead of making it better for himself he is slowly digging his grave. The movie shows that corruption in the…show more content…
Which relates back to what you professor Satka said about how higher ranking officers tend to take the credit from patrolmen’s work due to their position in the hierarchy. From this scene also comes another form of police corruption, and that is police brutality. Serpico brings in one of the accomplices in the attempted rape and the detective takes him into the room and completely beats down on the kid and asks Serpico if he wants part of the fun. In other words the detective used excessive amount of force in order to lay down the law and to try to get the name of the other accomplices. 3. Serpico during the whole movie is trying to get his gold badge and to do so he begins to move up in ranks eventually becoming a plain clothes officer. However to be in these positions he is constantly moving from place to place which does affect his life. This I relate back to our guest speaker of the state troopers whom said his marriage was affected by him moving, and this occurs likewise first with the actress when she offers marriage but he chooses his job. Secondly, His future to be wife leaves him due to the fact that the job is taking over his life and his intentions to change the system is much more of a priority than that of being with her. The police system and its rankings require a lot of work and dedication as well as patience and these requirements are hard to maintain when others need you around in other words its life changing decisions and very unstable.

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