Bad Apples or Bad Barrel?
Swope, Ross, Law & Order
A few bad apples in the barrel spoil the bunch. Steve Vicchio, a medical ethics professor at Johns Hopkins University, has extended this popular metaphor as it relates to police ethics. Not only the apples, but the barrel, can cause ethical problems in policing.
In light of the Christopher Commission Report, the investigative report on the Los Angeles riot following the Rodney King incident, and the Los Angles Rampart Corruption Report, Vicchio may be right. Compromises in police integrity can go beyond a few bad apples. Maybe the problem, at least in some cases, is the barrel.
The police culture in some police departments can compromise the ethical conduct of many …
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Publication information: Article title: Bad Apples or Bad Barrel?. Contributors: Swope, Ross - Author. Magazine title: Law & Order. Volume: 49. Issue: 1 Publication date: January 2001. Page number: 80+. © Hendon Publishing Company Jan 2009. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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