Police Culture and the Use of Violence: A Qualitative Study Proposal

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Police Culture and the Use of Violence: A Qualitative Study Proposal Student's Name Course Title June 23, 2013 Police Culture and the Use of Violence: A Qualitative Study Proposal The use of violence by police officers is a widespread concern. Violence swept across the City of Los Angeles after 'not guilty' verdicts were handed down for officers charged with beating Rodney King (Ramos, 1992). While allegations of racially-motivated police brutality are common in this city, the riots were triggered by a video actually showing the officers mercilessly beating the victim. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, five New Orleans police officers were charged with shooting unarmed civilians (Roberston, 2012). Although other New Orleans police officers were involved in the shooting and the subsequent cover-up, federal prosecutors were finally able to get convictions because they negotiated plea deals with the other officers. A common thread that runs through both events is the influence of police culture, both in terms of a code of silence and the sanctioning of violence to maintain authority (reviewed by Conti, 2009). Terrill and colleagues (2003) were interested in examining the relationship between police culture and the propensity of police officers to use violence during encounters with the public. Using cluster analysis on the interview data they were able to group officers in terms of pro-culture, anti-culture, and somewhere in between. The attributes these researchers
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