A Research on Police Brutality

Posted: March 16, 2013 by pdbasinang in Uncategorized

A Research on Police Brutality

There are a lot of police who break the rules and become deviant for certain reasons. There are two different types of police that break the rules. There are cops who commit dirty acts for dirty ends and there are cops commit dirty acts for good ends. The police that commit dirty acts for dirty ends are classic corrupt police and the police that commit dirty acts for good ends are called “Dirty Harrys.” The term “Dirty Harry” came from a 1971 film called “Dirty Harry”.  The movie is about an inspector name Harry “Dirty Harry” Callahan who defied the rules in order to achieve his goal. The question that criminologists are looking for is what causes them to become corrupt and why do they want to act deviant? We cannot rely on the data on police brutality because some of the police brutalities that had occurred were not recorded in Canada.  Majority of the events that are considered “police brutality” are blamed upon the police. A police should know the limit of their actions for they are trained to do so. There are many police that have a difficult time handling situation because of bad co-operations with other people, which police calls them “assholes.”

I propose to do research on police brutality and the relation with its victim as well as the amount of force the police use in police brutality. The research on the relation between the police and the victim of brutality can hopefully reveal whether the majority of the brutality is caused because of uncooperative people, or the police just wanted to abuse their power. We may also need to research on those who made a complaint with the police as well as the police’s side of the story to gain more accurate numbers of who is the one that is uncooperative. As for the research in the amount of force is used in police brutality, we need to make sure that the physical force that is applied onto the person is recorded because there are some police who do not write it on their report. Not only do does the force have to be recorded, but it should be categorized as well. The type of force was used, such as physical force or equipment usage (gun, stun gun, etc.), must recorded in its category.  This research can help us understand what kind of force is commonly used during police brutality.

This project should be funded because not only will it show data of police brutality, but also the number of force used in police brutality in British Columbia and compare the two on which one is commonly used. The research will also show the number of who is mostly the cause of this “phenomenon”, the “Dirty Harry” police or the “assholes” citizens?


Klocklars, C. B. (1980). The Dirty Hairy Problem.  T. Newburn (ed.), Policing Key Readings. Devon: William Publishing, p. 581-595

Maanen, J. V. (2005). The Assholes. T. Newburn (ed.), Policing Key Readings. Devon: William Publishing, p. 280-296

  1. Mike Larsen says:

    It is important to be clear about the various categories associated with typologies of police deviance. For example, the ‘Dirty Harry’ category, which overlaps with ‘noble cause corruption’, involves the use of means known to be dirty to achieve ends believed to be morally correct, especially when faced with a dilemma where an officer is convinced about a person’s guilt. Perception is important here – the officer must perceive the ends to be moral or ‘good’ and he or she must believe (with certainty) that the person in question is guilty. Note that there can be disagreement about the ‘good ends’ of policing.

    You also mention Van Maanen’s work on police typifications and street justice. Some clarification is required here:

    Van Maanen is not saying that police deal with three types of people – suspicious persons, know-nothings, and assholes.

    He is saying that police, in the context of situated encounters, assign people labels that serve as guides for action. Three common labels are ‘suspicious persons’, ‘know-nothings’, and ‘assholes’.

    There is an important difference between these interpretations. Van Maanen is talking about labeling and its role in justifying police brutality. He is absolutely not saying that police respond differently to people who *are* assholes.

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