CRJU 4100 Lecture Notes - Lecture 7: Police Perjury, Exculpatory Evidence

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Ethics
Professor Crowder
2-6-17
In-Class Notes:
Internal Affairs: investigates allegations against members of the agency and identifies patterns
of misconduct (associated with an individual or command).
Aoous Allegatios: soe ageies dot take these seriously and some do.
How many use of force complaints, how many this or how many that (that crunch the
numbers on different types of allegations to determine patterns).
Most Offiers dot like IA eause the see their proedures ad poliies as politicized
and ineffective (burn whistle blowers, harsh punishments for micro infractions).
Not all agencies have an IA division (because they are too small), but not having one
sends a message to the public about not taking complaints against the agency seriously.
In cases where an IA division does not exist, the weakest link (least competent, etc.)
detective is designated as the investigator in charge of investigating complaints- this
ensures that there are unethical investigators.
Integrity Testing: variety of screening tools to assess officer integrity. Intended to provide
officers the opportunity to prove their character without the ability to pre-plan or adjust their
behavior. It is common to perform integrity test on persons approaching retirement.
Anonymous calls- drugs are placed and is a test to see if the officer reports it all and
turns in all in properly, etc.
Misuse of agency-assigned devices, like cell phones.
Arrest and debrief of prostitutes.
If there is an individual with a documented pattern of misconduct and they are not
disciplined, there is a leadership problem amongst the leaders above them. But it is
important to note that not all complaints are founded.
False statements and Testimony: falsification of information is often justified among officers;
testilying- officers say what they have to say to get a conviction instead of what the truth is; the
unethical officer will create evidence, lie on the stand (officers can lie in the interrogation room,
but it does not extend to the stand. But if ou hae to use deeptio to get a ofessio oure
doing a poor job as an investigator); falsified time-sheets (for firearm qualifications, claiming
oertie that ou didt do, et.); good ageies hae a zero-tolerance policies for all forms of
lying.
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