The levels of drug abuse in Chicago have continually increased over the last decade. Drug trafficking is controlled by police officers and hence they are the people who are failing in their responsibility (Punch, 2000). Drug traffickers are associated with richness, and this raises questions of whether police officers would be failing to arrest them due to the money gifts they may be receiving. According to research by the Chicago police department, the rate of crime occurrence has increased by 12% in the last one year (Seidman & Couzens, 2004). Most crime offenders are rich people, and they don’t get arrested or if arrested, their cases vanish (Lizotte, 1998). Government officials are rarely charged in a court of law if found with corruption or criminal cases. This prods one to think that it is their social and economic class that protects them from being arrested.
Such acts by police officers affect everybody in the society either directly or indirectly. Increased criminal activities scare away investors which have a destructive effect on the economic bargain of the nation. Drug trafficking leads to immoral behaviors that affect the victims and those around the victims (Sampson, 2008). Drug trafficking eventually leads to poverty since the people who take the drugs have a low work-rate, and they spend most of their income on drugs. Education levels will also be affected eventually since students who take drugs may drop out. Embezzlement of funds by government official will lead to low development rate of the country which affects every citizen (Block, 1999). All this effects come as a result police officers arresting people discriminatively based on their social-economic statuses.
A previous research done on various governments departments showed that the most corrupt department was the police department. A similar research done in New York City concluded that the