Title

Police misconduct and malpractice: a critical analysis of citizens’ complaints

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1998

Keywords

Behaviour, Complaints, Negligence, Police

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

https://doi.org/10.1108/13639519810206619

Abstract

In this research several hypotheses suggested by conflict theory were tested in the analysis of official complaints lodged against a large police department in the southeastern United States. It was hypothesized that citizens with less power and fewer resources would be more likely than more powerful, more affluent citizens to file complaints of misconduct and to allege more serious forms of misconduct, and would be less likely to have their complaints sustained by police investigators. The first two hypotheses were supported; results for the third were mixed.

Was this content written or created while at USF?

Yes

Citation / Publisher Attribution

Policing: An International Journal, v. 21, issue 1, p. 80-96

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