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    Discretion of Criminal Investigations

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    Need help reflecting on discretion, criminal investigation, and use of force. Please respond to the following critical elements:
    include the following critical elements:
    1. Describe an example of an actual event where discretion was poorly used. Explain why you think it was poorly used.
    2. Describe an example of an actual event where discretion was correctly used. Explain why you think it was correctly used.
    3. Reflect on how discretion was used and should have been used in the case study
    (The Flawed Emergency Response to 1992 LA Riots)
     Discuss some of the mistakes that were made in the police response that may have led to further unrest.
     Explain how you believe discretion should have been used in this situation and what law enforcement can learn from this event in order to build trust
    between the community and law enforcement.
    Please include cited references for sources used. Thank you in advance

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    1. Describe an example of an actual event where discretion was poorly used. Explain why you think it was poorly used.

    Discretion is poorly used on a regular basis by police, such as when police officers stop a Black motorist for a cracked windshield but don't stop a white motorist for the same issue. The real reason that the Black motorist is stopped is not for the cracked windshield, but instead because of the officer's racist viewpoints about African Americans in regard to drugs. The traffic stop is just a precursor to allow him to search the vehicle whereas he could have stopped the white motorist for the same traffic issue but chose to use his discretion to target what he perceives as a "likely" criminal in his racist view.

    2. Describe an example of an actual event where discretion was correctly used. Explain why you think it was correctly used.

    Discretion that is correctly used would entail a police officer ...

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    The discretion of criminal investigations are determined.

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