Policing the Police:
An Argument for Democratic Say in How People Are Policed
600 WordsApr 23, 20193 Pages
Policing the Police: An Argument for Democratic Say in How People Are Policed
May 5, 2014
SOCA 319 The role of police in their communities and society as a whole, is an interesting and unique position. They are citizens that are responsible for policing fellow, equal citizens and are the extensive arm of the government. Police are required to enforce laws set by the state, regardless of the effectiveness or rationality of the laws and any negative consequences they cause. These consequences often result in racial disparities in the criminal justice system between blacks and whites or an unequal concentration of poor Americans in police interactions. With such apparent injustices, it…show more content…
They also describe the electoral process and who actually decided to run for the positions in the 41 sectors that held elections. I chose this article because of my interest in police accountability, trust, and issues that stem from enforcing laws that we have discussed in class. I dislike a centralized approach to most things, especially policing. I find the recent marijuana legislation in Washington and Colorado interesting due to their stark contrast to other state and federal laws regarding marijuana regulation. The policing of laws that have proven to be ineffective and cause more problems than they solve has long been a concern of mine. These laws are often created by those in power whom are out of touch with reality and often do not reflect what the general public desires. Decentralizing police forces will reduce the attention required to enforcing certain laws and policies, therefore adding a more personal environment of policing to each district. Theoretically, a person running for the office of Police and Crime Commissioner would be voted in by constituents who care about the state of policing in their local communities and want to see a positive change.
Furthermore, Peter Moskos’ book Cop in the Hood and our classroom discussions about police and public interactions intrigue me. In many cases, especially in metropolitan areas, neither side is trusting of the