What is police corruption? Wikipedia say “Police corruption is a specific form of police misconduct designed to obtain financial benefits, other personal gain, or career advancement for a police officer or officers in exchange for not pursuing, or selectively pursuing, an investigation or arrest. One common form of police corruption is soliciting or accepting bribes in exchange for not reporting organized drug or prostitution rings or other illegal activities. Another example is police officers flouting the police code of conduct in order to secure convictions of suspects — for example, through the use of falsified evidence. More rarely, police officers may deliberately and systematically participate in organized crime themselves.” Police corruption is often seen as a distant problem for "big city cops" or "other departments."
In this clip you see an off duty Miami police officer speeding to an off duty job because he claims he is running late. While on the highway he decides that he is just going to speed. The officer passes a state police car going around 120mph and continues to drive at excessive speeds while the state police car attempts to chase him down with her lights flashing and her sirens running. The lady officer is able to get up behind him but the off duty officer still proceeds to keep speeding away from her. The two police cars drive for miles before the off duty police officer decides to pull over and explain to the state police officer while he is driving so fast. The lady police officer then pulls out her weapon and becomes physical with the other officer telling him to put his hands behind his back while the Miami officer tries to explain his story to why he is driving in such a manor.
This is just another example of how police officers try to break that law. In class we talked about if you were a police officer at your friend’s house and you went to find a coaster to put your drink on but ended up opening up a container that you thought might have coasters but you end up finding marijuana instead. Now you have to decide if you should just close the box and act as if you never saw what you saw or to place your new friend under arrest for possession of a control substance. I think that many officers in today’s society are faced with decisions like this and sometimes are lost on what they should do. Do I arrest my new friend or do I just let it slide, if you let it slide. Let’s just say, another police officer pulls over that person and finds them with Mary Jane. That new friend tells that officer that he knows you and proceeds to tell him that you saw him with it and never did anything. Now you could get in trouble with your department maybe with a suspension or be let go because you did not arrest your friend for the drug.
I think that if you’re the Miami police officer he should just have pulled over right away instead of taking this long chase with a state police officer at such high rates of speed. I believe their might have been a different outcome if he would of just stopped got out and told the other officer his story to why he is speeding. Do you think that the Miami police officer should have just kept going for as long as he did or stopped? This is when police ethics comes into play does the state police officer just let the person in the speeding police car keep going and not bother following him to find out if the speeding police car truly does have a police officer inside? What do you think would have happened to the lady state trooper if she did not chase after the other officer and that speeding car was a stolen car? I think that she did the right thing to radio in a speeding police unit and to proceed chasing. If she didn’t do that and the car killed someone and she could be suspended because she seen the car passes her at a high rate of speed while the interstate was full of other people driving. This off duty officer even though he was late and thought he would just speed to get to his other job he was not thinking about how he was putting other people’s lives in danger. I do not know exactly what ended up happening to him but I think that he definitely should have been suspended or even let go by the Miami Police Department. If everyone else in society is not allowed to speed even if they are late to their job or meeting then how does it make it right for a police officer to break them?