Police Discretion And Dilemmas: Case Study

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Chapter 6 Police Discretion and Dilemmas
Pollock (2015), studied when people use discretion their feelings towards different race and ethnicity groups; genders, minorities, and sexual preferences could be influential when it comes to them deciding (p. 148). Also, he found that an officer position could cause him to be observed as prejudice in the way he or she treats other people differently. Pollock (2015), also found that different ethnicities strongly believe that law enforcement is racist (p. 149). He found that some see this belief as being factual (Pollock, 2015, p. 149). Beckett (2016), found that controlling police discretion is very important although, the public order offenses consider it to be a weak connection with criminal law.
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Mississippi case, officers had beaten three black men forcing them to confess to the murder of a white man. They also found that a jury found the black men guilty of murder. They discovered that the U.S. Supreme Court reversed the Mississippi’s highest court jury’s decision. They studied that the U.S. Supreme Court reversed the decision because the three men confessions were unlawfully extricated by the officers were disallowed by the Federal Constitution (Foreword). In this case the officer used discretion by wrongfully accusing three black men and forcing them to confess by beating them. These individuals were not informed of their rights, which could be found in the 5th and 8th Amendments. Long (2016) found that in the Terry v. Ohio case, the officer had used his discretion when he observed a couple guys looking through the store window repeatedly. They also discovered that while the officer frisked the guys he found a weapon and he arrested them. The Supreme Courts rule in the officer favor based upon reasonable suspicion (Stops, Frisks, And Police Encounters). During the incident that involved officers using excessive force on an unarmed motorist, they all were following the orders of the superior officer which was at the scene. So, they were following the orders of their superior officer trying to gain control of the suspect. Koon instructed his officers to utilize their batons (Falkenrath & Rosegrath,
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