Analyze police practices and the community's response to these practices as shown in the video link. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2Qu80hRoh4   

Analyze police practices and the community's response to these practices as shown in the video link.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2Qu80hRoh4

 

 


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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This question had to be pared down because of the multiple question aspect.  I would strongly suggest reposting some of the additional questions because they are good ones and there is no way one response can adequately cover all of them.  I would say that the police practices presented in the clip help to reflect the idea of the "blue wall" or "the blue code of silence."  This concept argues that police officers do not speak out against one another and form a wall from outside influence or criticism of their actions.  The idea here is that there is a barrier that prevents full and complete transparency when it comes to law enforcement.  As shown in the clip, the "neighborhood" is one where there is a inward trajectory, where "everyone wants to be a cop" and a general belief that what law enforcement does is ethically correct or at least "acceptable" to the ends that it keeps others safe. There is also a pressure brought to bear on those who question this structure.  Such a reality makes community response to these efforts difficult.  When the protagonist is questioned by a reporter about potential illegal activity, the response is a standard one:  "You have no idea what it's like to be out there [as a police officer.]"  In the end, the clip shows that community response to law enforcement corruption is going to have to be matched by courageous people from the inside who are willing to tear down the wall of silence and speak, threatening many interests, some of them personal, in the process.