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Answer eight questions about law enforcement using APA format and intext citations. Each question needs to have at least 150 words,one reference from the textbook and one from a journal source

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Answers to Law Enforcement Questions



Answers to Law Enforcement Questions
Why did the New Orleans police officers, who were sworn to uphold the law, violate it in
the Danziger Bridge incident?

The action of the New Orleans police officers during the Danziger Bridge incident is
representative of misconduct that has been part of the source of mistrust of the police department
by members of the public. An analysis of the facts of the case revealed that the culture of the
police department might be responsible for the decision of the five officers to violate the law that
they swore to uphold. According to Bohm and Haley (2014), a significant percentage of police
officers that engage in this type of misconduct are influenced by the broad discretion and
minimal supervision that is given to them during the delivery of their law enforcement duties.
When this perspective is linked to the facts of the Danziger Bridge incident in the context of
these factors, it can be inferred that the broad discretion that was given to the police officers to
restore the security of the areas affected by Hurricane Katrina is responsible (Evans, 2015).

Bohm, R. M., & Haley, K. N. (2014). Introduction to criminal justice (8th ed). New York:
McGraw-Hill Education.

Evans, D. (2015). Police Body Cameras: Mending Fences and How Pittsburgh is a Leading
Example. Pitt. J. Tech. L. & Pol'y, 16, 76.

What steps could have been taken to prevent their police corruption?



The implementation of a citizen review board would have been an effective measure to
prevent the type of the police corruption that occurred during this case, especially the cover-up of
the incident by the lead investigating officer (Bohm & Haley, 2014). Dzhekova (2013) stated that
the involvement of civilian reviewers in the investigation of internal police incidents would limit
the input of the code of silence that limits the potential impacts of the evidence in the
determination of the facts of the case. They further added that the decertification of the police is
another step that could have prevented the potential of the officers to engage in misconducts that
resulted in the death and injuries of civilians. In spite of the criticism against these measures to
reduce to the level of corruption in the police departments of the country, especially when
consideration is given to the adverse impacts of police misconduct on public trust, they remain
the most effective strategies.

Bohm, R. M., & Haley, K. N. (2014). Introduction to criminal justice (8th ed). New York:
McGraw-Hill Education.

Dzhekova, R. (2013). Countering police corruption: European perspectives. Center for the Study
of Democracy, 63.

Do you agree with the sentences imposed on the five police officers involved in the
incident? Defend your answer.

An evaluation of the sentences that were imposed on the five police officers involved in
the incident showed that it is appropriate for the crimes that they committed. Aside from serving
as a deterrent to the other police officers that would engage in police misconduct in the future,



the rationale for supporting these sentences are their social and legal implications (Bohm &
Haley, 2014). Also, the charges against the officers were the deprivation of rights and
obstruction of justice, as well as conspiracy and not felony murder, which attracts stiffer
sentences. An additional justification for the decision to support the decision of the court is the
role of the prosecution in the handling of witnesses that were used to gather evidence against the
accused police officers. Therefore, the use of the charges and consideration for the impacts of the
sentences on the policing are adequate reasons for the decision to agree with the decision of the

Bohm, R. M., & Haley, K. N. (2014). Introduction to criminal justice (8th ed). New York:
McGraw-Hill Education.

Do you think the legal outcome would have been any different had there been an
attempted cover-up? Defend your answer.

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