Policing and Human Rights

  • Benjamin Bowling
  • Coretta Phillips
  • Alexandra Campbell
  • Maria Docking

Abstract

Racial discrimination, xenophobia, intolerance and the abuse power are problems in police forces in many parts of the world.1 In recent years, allegations of racism and racial discrimination have led to public inquiries into many police agencies, including the Metropolitan Police (Bowling, 1999; Macpherson, 1999; Bowling and Phillips, 2002) in London, the New South Wales Police (Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission, 1991; Johnston, 1991; Chan, 1997; Royal Commission into the New South Wales Police Service, 1997) in Australia, the Los Angeles Police Department (Christopher 1991; Human Rights Watch 1998) in the USA, and the South Africa Police Service (Brogden and Shearing, 1993; Cawthra, 1993, 1997; Brewer, 1994; Truth and Reconciliation Committee, 1998; Melville, 1999). In each of these places, evidence has been gathered relating to individual cases and the broader organizational context. Although these are among the best documented examples, the problems of racism, discrimination and the abuse of power have also been identified in many police agencies elsewhere.

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  • Benjamin Bowling
  • Coretta Phillips
  • Alexandra Campbell
  • Maria Docking

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