Suing the Philadelphia Police: The Case for an Institutional Approach
Type of Work
Law & Policy
This article examines the merits of two alternative briefs in Equal Protection litigation on police misconduct. The several suits brought against the Philadelphia Police Department illustrate the shortcomings of the judicially preferred intentionality brief and indicate the need for a more completely specified institutional brief. The background of the two briefs is traced to a dialectical conflict between discretion and control in the idea of law enforcement.
The use of force is not a philosophical issue for a policeman. It is not a question of should or whether, but when and how much (Rubinstein 1973:323).
Anechiarico, Frank, "Suing the Philadelphia Police: The Case for an Institutional Approach" (1984). Hamilton Digital Commons.
Hamilton Areas of Study
Government, Public Policy