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Law Professor Debunks "Bad Apple" Cop Theory

Already cop defenders dismiss the Donovan Jackson beating as either justified or the act of "bad apples" among otherwise good officers. Culture of violence and dehumanization better explains endemic nature of cop misconduct.
University of Southern California law professor Erwin Chemerinsky told the first hearing of the [California police conduct] commission that the July 6 incident should not be dismissed as an isolated incident, but was part of a pattern of police culture.

''It's a culture that causes officers to think in an 'us-against-them' mentality, to think of those in the community as less than human,'' Chemerinsky told the commission hearing.

Reut17:57 07-19-02



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