The Ethical Role of Police Subculture: A Case Analysis


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The Ethical Role of Police Subculture: A Case Analysis
Americans are certainly no stranger to stories of ethical misconduct by the police. Over the years, in fact, Americans have played witness to infamous cases like the Arthur McDuffie incident of 1979 and the Rodney King episode of 1991 involving police brutality, abuse of power, and even murder (Skolnick & Fyfe, n.d., p. 181; Paxson, 2005, p. 54). And while some might assume that these types of cases are the exception rather than the rule, a closer analysis tells an entirely different story. Ethical misconduct by police, more exactly, is a widespread problem in the United States. And this fact raises important questions about the ethical role of police subculture.
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.....ce officers follows suit. But when the police subculture is one characterized by racism, corruption, and violence, it can be expected that the behavior of police officers will reflect that subculture. It can be concluded, therefore, that the ethical role of police subculture can be expressed in terms of a positive correlation with police conduct (Raines, 2009, p. 185).
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