Why are members of the police force and judicial system corrupt? Let's take a look at the police force around the world and their pay to get a better understanding of this.We'll also look at some notable acts of corruption committed by the police and the judicial system. The following graph illustrates the number of active personnel in eleven countries around the world that are of significant interest to the predicament at hand.
As you can see China has the greatest police force, followed closely by India and then the United States. China has one member of the police force per 1,044 people. Whereas the United States of America has one member of the police force per 319 people. Other countries like Australia have close to one homicide per 100,000 people. This may be a contributing factor towards Australia's police force being slightly smaller with only one member of the police force per 470 people. It is common knowledge that members of the police force and justice department accept bribes to ignore evidence or overlook criminal activity. Why do these officials we, the public, employ to keep us safe turn their backs on us in our time of need? There are numerous factors that contribute to this parasite that has infected portions of every police force and judicial system. To better understand why they accept bribes and get involved in corruption we must first understand the below graph. This graph illustrates the median yearly salary for newly recruited members of the police force around the world.
These figures may not be exact amounts but that is beyond the point.The US and Japan rank the highest with police force members receiving 53,000 US dollars as a starting salary. Canada and Australia are not far behind. Indian police receive 4,850 US dollars and thus rank the poorest. Mexico and Brazil are nearly double that of India's police starting salary but are still poor. This tells us a lot. Which countries are most likely to accept bribes for criminals? It is clear that Mexican and Indian Police would accept more bribes than countries such as the US or Japan. In fact, according to the Economist, you have an 80% chance of bribing traffic police to avoid a fine or detainment in Mexico city and the surrounding area. Many police officers also accept bribes for more "notable" crimes such as homicide, gangland activity and trafficking of drugs, contraband, and humans. Mexico is one of the most corrupt countries in the world. The main reason Mexican police accept bribes is to supplement their low income. They may also accept bribes as a result of fear of death or harm coming to loved ones.
Jury tampering is a huge problem. Jury tampering involves influencing the decision of the jury using bribery or other means. In some gang-related trials, jurors may be afraid to declare the defendant guilty because other members of the defendant's gang may "seek revenge". Countries such as Ireland have come up with ways to combat this. In 1972, in Ireland, the Special Criminal Court was set up. This court does not have a jury but instead has three judges who decide the fate of the defendant. It was originally founded to deal with acts of terrorism during "the troubles" but is know used when "Ordinary courts are inadequate to secure the effective administration of justice".
Notable cases of jury tampering include the former prime minister of Italy, Silvio Berlusconi. Mr. Berlusconi was accused of bribing witnesses at his first trial in 2011. He paid them money and asked them to commit perjury. He was being tried for having sex with a minor.
Police in poorer countries such as Mexico are not the only ones that accept bribes. More than 70 LAPD officers accepted bribes in the 90's. They were involved with drug dealers and gangs who took part in shootings, beatings, framing of suspects, robbery, and other criminal activity. This incident is known as the rampart scandal and is one of the most widespread cases of police misconduct in US history.
In 2006 the Atlanta police department raided Kathryn Johnston's house in a known drug neighborhood. The 92-year-old women got startled and fired a single shot from her revolver which did not hit anyone. Atlanta police responded with 39 shots, 5 of which hit her. Ms. Johnston died at the scene, still handcuffed. The police found no trace of drugs in her house so they proceeded to plant drugs. Alex White, an informant, was then called after the drugs had been planted and was instructed to say that he had bought crack cocaine at Johnston's house. White later denied having purchased drugs at the house.