Lecture 6

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Published on 21 Apr 2013
School
Carleton University
Department
Sociology
Course
SOCI 3410
Professor
Lecture 6:
-John Mack Maries, how police deal with you depends on the attitude of the person
-Charles Wright: says police should not stop or search anyone unless they assume reasonable and
probable grounds to do so
-Discreditable conduct should not be used in a police force
-If you are arrested you do not need to talk or answer questions, there is nothing in the law that lets
police arrest you for saying something they do not like
-The officer must conduct himself in a manner that would be proper in a business relationship between
people
-Charles Wright: 1. Police should not be allowed to stop anyone unless there is something about that
person that distinguishes that person from the rest of the crowd. 2. If you are stopped the police must
introduce himself and explain the reasoning for why he stopped the person. 3. Is it in the public interest
to investigate this complaint. 4. The person may be questioned but they do not need to answer. 5. The
officer may only search the person for your safety and the public’s safety, you cannot stop that person
unless there is reasonable grounds.
-James Q Wilson: Symbolic assailant
Problem issues in policing: corruption (bribing), incompetence in preventing crime or apprehending
criminals, criminality, brutality
Part of the problem may behave to do with political meddling. The result of poor standards and
procedures in recruitment, training, and supervision of officers. A great deal may be the consequences
of discreditable conduct. Part of the problem stems from the rotten apples.
Guest Lecturer: Joseph Picky; Ontario Civil Liberties Commission
-CU students arrested on campus for protesting , said to be trespassing because the uni did not agree
with their cause
-OU student arrested for trespassing for coming onto campus to access a resource to appeal the
decision of him being expelled
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John mack maries, how police deal with you depends on the attitude of the person. Charles wright: says police should not stop or search anyone unless they assume reasonable and probable grounds to do so. Discreditable conduct should not be used in a police force. If you are arrested you do not need to talk or answer questions, there is nothing in the law that lets police arrest you for saying something they do not like. The officer must conduct himself in a manner that would be proper in a business relationship between people. Police should not be allowed to stop anyone unless there is something about that person that distinguishes that person from the rest of the crowd. If you are stopped the police must introduce himself and explain the reasoning for why he stopped the person. Is it in the public interest to investigate this complaint. The person may be questioned but they do not need to answer.

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