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Criminal Justice: Police Conduct

Research the internet and find three instances in which there was police misconduct. This may be an instance in which the police were in violation of rules or procedures mandated by the police department, an instance of criminal misconduct, or an example of unlawful use of force against a citizen. Briefly give a summary of the three situations in your own words (do not simply cut and paste an article into the Discussion Board) and then provide your own analysis of what could be done to avoid future such instances of such conduct for each of your article choices.

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Let's look at three types of police is conduct and articles for you to consider for your final report. Several potential solutions to avoided future such misconduct are also suggested.

RESPONSE: (also attached)

In general, Police misconduct refers to offensive actions taken by police officers in connection with their official duties, which can lead to a miscarriage of justice.

EXAMPLE 1: False Confession Case

E.g. Article: Haunting questions: The Stephanie Crowe Murder Case

Twelve-year-old Stephanie Crowe was found stabbed to death on her bedroom floor Jan. 21, 1998. But the family's nightmare had only just begun. In the weeks to follow her brother, Michael, then 14, and two of his friends, Joshua

Treadway and Aaron Houser, were charged with conspiring to kill her. Those charges were dropped before trail in February 1999 after last-minute DNA testing found spots of Stephanie's blood on a sweatshirt worn by a transient seen in the neighborhood the night of the killing. The development forced detectives and prosecutors to start the investigation anew -- and raised questions about the handling of the case who received false confessions from three teenage boys, who were later acquitted (source: http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/reports/crowe/index.html).

POTENTIAL SOLUTION:

As in the case above, a false confession is where a suspect in a crime admits guilt to the crime, even though he or she is not responsible for the crime. False confessions can be induced through coercion or by the mental incompetency of the accused. Even though false confessions might appear to be an exceptional and unlikely event, they occur on a regular basis in case law, which is one of the reasons why jurisprudence has established a series of rules to detect, and subsequently ...

Solution Summary

This solution discusses three types of police conduct discussed in three articles and several potential solutions to avoid future examples of misconduct.

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