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NCJ Number: 78066 Find in a Library
Title: Police Abuse and Political Spying - A Threat to Hispanic Liberty and Growth (From Report From the National Hispanic Conference on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice, P 215-267, 1981 - See NCJ-78060)
Author(s): R S Paz
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 49
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Police abuse of power and gathering of political intelligence in relation to Hispanics are discussed, and recommendations for LEAA actions in these areas are presented.
Abstract: LEAA's mandate to assist police throughout the country in countering the rising tide of crime was mainly interpreted to mean equipping and training police to intimidate and control the criminal element, which was identified in police attitudes primarily as blacks and Hispanics. Crime statistics show that the strategy has not worked, since the essential socioeconomic contributors to crime have worsened while police abuse of power in minority communities has only further alienated underclass racial minorities from the dominant culture symbolized by the police. In order to counter the police aggravation of social alienation and hostility in Hispanic communities, LEAA must take action to reduce police use of deadly force while developing effective alternative social control techniques. Further, structures such as citizen review boards must be facilitated to make police accountable and responsive to the citizens and communities they serve. The direct control of police department intelligence units currently remains with those who view Latino and black organizations as threats to existing economic and political powers. As a result, privacy and other civil rights have been violated. LEAA should continue to prohibit any State or local agency involved in the gathering of political intelligence from receiving any Federal funds. It should also provide funds for cities and law enforcement agencies that establish laws prohibiting intelligence gathering and that establish projects for the enforcement of such laws. Appended is a summary of the Seattle City Council's draft police intelligence ordinance. Forty-two footnotes are listed.
Index Term(s): Community control of police; Hispanic Americans; Intelligence acquisition; Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (LEAA); Police Brutality; Police community relations; Police legal limitations
Note: Microfiche version of the document is under NCJ-78060.
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