Does police corruption have a positiive or negative impact in a minority based underserved community and how does it affect society as a whole?Police Ethics and Integrity

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mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Corruption of any kind--political or law enforcement--always negatively affects communities by perpetuating crime.  Certainly police corruption aids the criminal activity in many, poorer or minority communities as it gives the "go ahead" to the criminals as long as they provide the "kick-backs" to the police.  Younger members of a community in which there is such corruption, then, perceive the police and the criminals as the same.  Therefore, it is acceptable to engage in crime, and a profitable way of life.


besure77 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Police corruption is wrong, no matter what social class you belong to. To add to this, I think that everyone would agree with this, no matter who we are talking about. Unfortunately, police corruption exists and it is unfortunate.

Many people in minority based communities, especially urban, already have a general feeling that law enforcement is there more for middle and higher class communities. In this way I feel that police corruption has a negative impact on the minority based communities.

brettd eNotes educator| Certified Educator
Corruption in any law enforcement agency undermines the support they receive and the general public opinion of the police, but I think it has a greater impact on minority populations. This is because many if not most of them have suffered some discrimination or oppression at one time or another, and are therefore less trusting of police anyway. Corruption, when it is brought to light, simply reinforces already-held negative feelings.
jdslinky eNotes educator| Certified Educator

It absolutely would have a negative effect, especially if the corruption involves officers of a different race than that of the community. Corruption in general undermines the confidence of community members and makes them rethink the trust they've put into authority figures, while the corrupt officers have already skewed interests. Corruption cannot be good for any member of the community.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Corruption would tend to affect society as a whole by lowering trust in the police.  This would make people feel less secure and less trusting of government.  This, in turn, would weaken the bonds that hold society together.

I do not think this would work any differently in minority communities except that it would probably take less corruption to make them distrustful.

drmonica eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There is so much distrust already in minority underserved communities, regardless of the ethics of the police in those communities, that I find it difficult to imagine that evidence of police corruption would further impact those communities any more negatively. Perception is reality, and many minority citizens view the police as inherently corrupt.


litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
I don't think there is any positive impact of corruption. Police corruption causes fear and anger in a community. People need to trust their law enforcement, and when they don't it creates a ripple effect. People who don't trust the law take the law into their own hands, and that can get dangerous.
bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I agree that police corruption will be looked down upon by nearly all social classes and communities, be they upscale or downtrodden. I believe all people can unite on this matter.

krishna-agrawala | Student

Corruption in any public service including police, and in any community including minority based underserved community is bad for society.

A coorupt person including a corrupt policeman is likely to be more interested in personal profits and gains than in serving fairly any community. However a corrupt person is also more likely to let prejudices against a particular community come in way of doing his job fairly and honestly. This would definitely add to the woes of the minority.