The Use Of Brutality And Persuasion

1626 WordsMay 18, 20177 Pages
The use of brutality and persuasion in interviews by Police. In this case analysis it will discuss the purpose of interrogatory deception when conducting interviews, ways in which it is used, some of the current debates over the practice, and examples of theories to explain corruption and brutality. The number one priority that should be thought about prior to any form of interrogation & Interviewing is the suspect’s rights and privacy are to be respected. However in some cases police have failed in investigation and interrogation and in rare circumstances have diverged off protocol, therefore resulting in not having done their job professionally (Inbau, 1961). In this short essay I will provide an example of when this has occurred.…show more content…
That practice has been abandoned due to its inhumane and brutal nature and its infringement of individual rights. Police were forced to seek an alternate means of obtaining information without validating a person’s rights. This is now referred to as Interrogatory Deception, it is a psychological form of coercion, which can involve trickery and deceit. It is based on the utilitarian standpoint by police that “the means justifies the outcome”. This type of interrogation is performed in a way “which elicits admissions by deceiving suspects who have waived their right to remain silent” (Skolnick & Leo, 1992). There are many theories that can be applied to understanding why police would use a form of deception. Here are three major criminological theories to explain why some police use deceitful tactics or inadvertently use them. The Social Conflict Theory implies that the government agencies function as a tool to be used in the interest for the dominant class, which is usually interpreted as those with privilege, good social status and economic resources (Kwon, 2011). Max Weber also explains further these ideas in his work, coined as “Weberian theory”. This theory can be implied here to suggest government institutions which includes police departments function for the sole purpose to protect the interests of the powerful within society. (Kwon, 2011). The Symbolic Interactionist Theory attempts to explain why some officers become corrupt and some do not. This
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