The Miami River Cops Scandal

1316 Words Feb 18th, 2015 6 Pages
The Miami River Cops scandal was an unfortunate blemish on the Miami Police Department’s reputation. Many factors contributed to the 100 plus police officers involvement, three of the most significant being; corrupt leadership, personal greed, and victimless crimes. The Miami Police Department responded tenaciously to the corruption by establishing measures with the aim of preventing such rampant corruption in the future. As shocking as the Miami River Cops corruption scandal may seem, it is certainly not the only case of police corruption to happen within the United States. Another equally shocking case of police corruption occurred in Cleveland, Ohio when 44 officers from five law enforcement agencies were charged with corruption stemming from narcotics. Many factors contributed to the huge scope of police corruption in the Miami River Cops case. Those factors included; corrupt leadership, personal greed, and crimes that made it easy to look the other way. In a candid talk with his arresting officer, corrupt police officer Osvaldo Coello admitted that he became corrupt largely in part because he became disillusioned with corrupt leadership (Perdomo, 2012). In my opinion, corrupt leadership is the root cause, and most significant catalyst in the Miami River Cops case. New, impressionable police officers are much more likely to succumb to police corruption if they see their leaders doing the same thing. In any organization, leadership sets the example, and once…

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