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NCJ Number: 157986 Find in a Library
Title: Detroit Police Department and Excessive Use of Force
Author(s): F J Postill; J J Gallagher
Date Published: Unknown
Page Count: 16
Sponsoring Agency: Criminal Justice Consultants, Inc
Pinckney, MI 48169
Sale Source: Criminal Justice Consultants, Inc
9870 Sunrise Drive
Pinckney, MI 48169
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study hypothesized that the Detroit Police Department regularly allowed police officers to use excessive force against citizens without punishment or meaningful accountability during the 1987-1989 period.
Abstract: An examination of complaints filed by citizens revealed that Detroit police officers were routinely used to investigate complaints against fellow police officers. The standard used to judge the merit of a citizen's complaint was that there had to be conclusive proof the complainant was being truthful and the police officer was guilty. Detroit Police Department records showed 1,079 complaints were filed against police officers for the 3-year period under review. Of the 1,079 complaints, nearly 92 percent were ruled unsubstantiated by police department investigators due to insufficient evidence. Disciplinary actions occurred in 91 (8.4 percent) of the 1,079 complaints that received administrative review following an investigation. Specific examples of disciplinary actions taken are provided, and procedures used by the Michigan State Police to deal with police misconduct are noted. It is recommended that the standard used to determine whether an administrative hearing should occur in response to a complaint against the police be changed to probable cause versus conclusive proof.
Main Term(s): Police use of deadly force
Index Term(s): Complaints against police; Michigan; Police Brutality; Police discipline; Police misconduct; Professional misconduct
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