Another important aspect of the legal accountability of police is judicial examination in the courts. This operates when judges and defence lawyers examine the quality and sources of police evidence. Evidence illegally such as through an illegal search or illegal telephone intercept is usually subject to the exclusionary rule as a deterrent to illegal conduct. The courts should also be alert for possible fabrications of evidence false evidence and the suppression of exculpatory evidence. Finally, a free Press is essential to police accountability.
Three case studies: When police untrained in de-escalation shoot unarmed people
Police Officer Case Study - Words | Help Me
A protester holds a sign that reads "Justice for Manny" in Tacoma, Wash. The Washington state attorney general filed criminal charges against three police officers in the death of Manuel Ellis. Ted S. SEATTLE — The Washington state attorney general on Thursday charged two Tacoma police officers with murder and one with manslaughter in the death of Manuel Ellis, a Black man who died after telling them he couldn't breathe as he was being restrained. Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed charges of second-degree murder against Christopher Burbank and Matthew Collins, and first-degree manslaughter against Timothy Rankine. Witnesses reported seeing Burbank and Collins, who are both white, attack Ellis without provocation, according to a probable cause statement filed in Pierce County Superior Court, and Rankine is accused of putting pressure on Ellis' back as the man said he couldn't breathe. Ellis, 33, was killed on March 3, , just weeks before George Floyd's death under the knee of a white Minneapolis police officer triggered a nationwide reckoning on race and policing.
Police Discretion Case Study
Officers have beaten members of the public, planted evidence and used their badges to harass women. They have lied, stolen, dealt drugs, driven drunk and abused their spouses. Despite their role as public servants, the men and women who swear an oath to keep communities safe can generally avoid public scrutiny for their misdeeds. The records of their misconduct are filed away, rarely seen by anyone outside their departments. Police unions and their political allies have worked to put special protections in place ensuring some records are shielded from public view, or even destroyed.
As a case study, the Seattle Police Department SPD provided short descriptions in March below of how their practices aligned with the literature and ideas in effective policing. We updated the links and materials in Spring , except for those concerning SPD. We hope to receive updates from SPD in the future. Visit the Review of the Research Evidence page to learn more about what works in policing.