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NCJ Number: 52130 Find in a Library
Title: INVESTIGATING POLICE PRACTICES
Journal: ENGAGE/SOCIAL ACTION, (NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 1978)  Pages:15-17
Author(s): A S FLEMMING
Corporate Author: Engage/Social Action
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 3
Sponsoring Agency: Engage/Social Action
Washington, DC 20002
Sale Source: Engage/Social Action
100 Maryland Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20002
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: BECAUSE OF INCREASING NUMBERS OF COMPLAINTS FROM CIVIL RIGHTS GROUPS AND INDIVIDUALS FROM ACROSS THE NATION, THE U.S. COMMISSION ON CIVIL RIGHTS IS INVESTIGATING POLICE PRACTICES. PURPOSES OF THE STUDY ARE EXPLAINED.
Abstract: COMPLAINTS ABOUT POLICE BROUGHT TO THE ATTENTION OF THE COMMISSION RANGE FROM ALLEGATIONS OF VERBAL ABUSE, TO THE USE OF PHYSICAL FORCE, AND UNWARRANTED USE OF DEADLY FORCE. THE CIVIL RIGHTS DIVISION OF THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT EMPLOYS 14 ATTORNEYS TO HANDLE JUST POLICE MISCONDUCT COMPLAINTS. REASONS WHY STATE AND LOCAL PROSECUTORS ARE OFTEN RELUCTANT TO INTERVENE IN SUCH COMPLAINTS ARE REVIEWED. THE PROPOSED CIVIL RIGHTS COMMISSION INVESTIGATION WILL FOCUS ON POLICE DEPARTMENTS AS INSTITUTIONS, AND ATTEMPT TO IDENTIFY THE MECHANISMS THAT ENCOURAGE OR DISCOURAGE MISCONDUCT. THE ASSUMPTIONS BEHIND THE PROJECT ARE: THAT POLICE OFFICERS WILL BE CAREFUL OF CITIZEN RIGHTS IF THEY BELIEVE THEY WILL BE SUBJECT TO ADMINISTRATIVE SANCTIONS FOR VIOLATING DEPARTMENT POLICY AND TO PROSECUTION FOR VIOLATIONS OF STATE OR FEDERAL STATUTES, AND THAT LOCAL GOVERNMENTAL AND POLICE OFFICIALS WILL INSTITUTE AND ENFORCE DEPARTMENTAL POLICIES THAT PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF CITIZENS IF THEY CAN BE HELD LEGALLY ACCOUNTABLE FOR THE ACTIONS OF THEIR SUBORDINATES. PROCEDURES FOR THE HEARINGS ARE BRIEFLY DESCRIBED. A SIDEBAR CONTAINS STATISTICS ON RATIOS OF BLACK MALES KILLED BY POLICE OFFICERS WHICH WERE GATHERED BY THE NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF BLACK LAWYERS. (GLR)
Index Term(s): Abuse of authority; Black/African Americans; Complaints against police; Minorities; On-duty offenses; Police Brutality; Police internal affairs; US Commission on Civil Rights; US Department of Justice
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