In practice however, we see how police officers routinely violate the human rights of those they apprehend. The implicit message is that these are criminals anyway - thugs, petty thieves, gangsters, punks, drug addicts, alcoholics - and they are doing society a favor by treating them brusquely.
Indeed if there is one thing that distinguishes (or should distinguish) crime control strategies in contemporary times from medieval times or less-than-modern societies, it is the regard for due process and the rights of the accused. Furthermore, crime control is attended by rehabilitation for the offender and helping him take steps towards reintegration.
In contemporary times, we see a departure, albeit gradual, from strong-arm tactics. It has, after all, been proven that there is a higher incidence of crime in states where the police force is known for their brutality. For example, in states like New York and Los Angeles where there is a relatively great number of cases filed against members of the police force for misconduct, the crime rate is astronomical. ...Show more