A thin-slice of institutionalised police brutality: a tradition of excessive force in the Chicago Police Department

Bleakley, Paul ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2512-4072 (2019) A thin-slice of institutionalised police brutality: a tradition of excessive force in the Chicago Police Department. Criminal Law Forum . pp. 1-25. ISSN 1046-8374 (Published online first) (doi:10.1007/s10609-019-09378-6)

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Abstract

In the Chicago Police Department, a sustained tradition of tolerating violent conduct has contributed to the fostering of a police culture in which the use of force is celebrated. Evidence suggests that there has been a historical reluctance to take action to discipline officers accused of misconduct – many of whom are highly decorated veterans of the Chicago Police Department. It is the contention of this article that the long-standing endorsement of excessive force in Chicago policing has compromised officers’ ability to thin-slice, a psychological process in which people are able to draw on their experiences and socio-cultural context to make quick decisions under pressure. Instead, officers are instinctively drawn to engage in misconduct as a means to an end, with the confidence that their actions will not attract the sanction of their superiors.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Law
A. > School of Law > Criminology and Sociology
A. > School of Law > Criminology and Sociology > Centre for Criminological and Social Research (CSRC)
Item ID: 28081
Notes on copyright: This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in Criminal Law Forum. The final authenticated version is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10609-019-09378-6
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Depositing User: Paul Bleakley
Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2019 09:04
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2019 01:24
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/28081

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