Article Title

Suing the Philadelphia Police: The Case for an Institutional Approach

Type of Work

Article

Date

4-1984

Journal Title

Law & Policy

Journal ISSN

1467-9930

Journal Volume

6

Journal Issue

2

First Page

231

Last Page

251

DOI

10.1111/j.1467-9930.1984.tb00324.x

Abstract

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).

Hamilton Areas of Study

Government, Public Policy