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Police Role Descriptions in the Media Relating To:crime Fighter, Social Servant, Order Maintainer, Crime Preventer

This article will discuss news articles related to police officer’s roles such as: crime fighter, social servant, order maintainer, and crime preventer. This article will also discuss how each article in the news media depicts the related role and whether I believe it is a “real” or “image” depiction.

Crime Fighter, Social Servant, Order Maintainer, Crime Preventer

This article will discuss news articles related to police officer’s roles such as: crime fighter, social servant, order maintainer, and crime preventer. This article will also discuss how each article in the news media depicts the related role and whether I believe it is a “real” or “image” depiction.

Police Role Descriptions in the Media Relating to: Crime Fighter

In the article “Texas police shooting stirs debate,” a police officer is depicted as using his gun unnecessarily in a shooting that took place in moving vehicles.

“Charlie Wright kept driving, even after being shot twice early Aug. 23 by an officer who believed the 19-year-old was trying to run him down in the driveway of a gated apartment complex” (Abshire, 2008).

According to the story, Wright was pulling into a driveway where the officer shot him twice through the passenger side of the vehicle. Wright claimed he didn’t see the officer until the latter started shooting. He said he then drove away to get away from the shooting.

This is the media’s examination of the story.

Members of the media were not there and did not see whether Wright actually attempted to drive over the officer, nor were they involved in the heat of the moment regarding the suspect’s behavior. According to the author, “And while the Garland police policy on deadly force doesn’t mention shooting at vehicles, other local departments restrict or discourage it and some experts call for limiting officers’ discretion in those situations” (Abshire, 2008).

How convenient for this policy to surface as if the officer didn’t know better in regard to his actions. The media brought in expert statements concerning the actions of police officers, but this is the media’s negative view of the necessary police action which took place regarding a suspect who was armed in his vehicle. The media has taken this officer’s behavior in correcting the crime he was fighting as a situation that entailed mistakes and police issues of wrong-doing.

I believe this is a biased imaged article depicted by the media.

Police Role Descriptions in the Media Relating to: Order Maintainer

I do have to say in this article, “Montana state trooper chases down drunk driver“ (regarding the state trooper) an image picture is created by the media in regard to a state trooper’s humor regarding an arrest.

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