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The Abuse of Police Authority

Publication Date

January 2001


David Weisburd

Rosann Greenspan

Edwin E. Hamilton

Kellie A. Bryant

Hubert Williams


Are police abuses inevitable in our efforts to control crime? What are police officers views on the code of silence, whistle blowing, and the ways in which race or class influence police behavior? What are effective means of preventing abuse of authority by police? This report provides a nationwide portrait of what Americas police officers think about these and other important questions of abuse of police authority.

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Recommended Citation

Weisburd, D., Greenspan, R., Hamilton, E. E., Bryant, K. A., & Williams, H. (2001). The abuse of police authority: A national study of police officers’ attitudes. National Policing Institute. https://www.policinginstitute.org/publication/the-abuse-of-police-authority/