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Title "Governing the American Police: Wrestling with the Problems of Democracy"
Date 2016
Author Samuel Walker
Author Institution University of Nebraska at Omaha
Author Role Faculty
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Abstract This Article argues that the central problem of governing the police is that we suffer not from a lack of democratic control, but from a rather well functioning process of democratic governance in the pursuit of the wrong values. The democratic ideal of policing is that law enforcement agencies should be accountable to the people they serve through the electoral process, and be subject to the rule of law. The rule of law can be seen as a commitment to constitutional policing, involving limited use of force and search and seizure powers, and a commitment to the equal protection of the law. Although subject to democratic governance, local police forces have too often been subject to political influences and disregard for the rule of law.
Source U. Chi. Legal F.
Citation 2016 U. Chi. Legal F. 615-660

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