SEX CRIMES BY COPS AN OUTGROWTH OF THEIR “POWER AND COERCIVE AUTHORITY,”EXPERT SAYS. LAPD officers who took advantage of their power imbalance to commit sexual assaults fit national trends, says prominent criminologist
November 12, 2019
Olga Grigoryants, Sarah Favot
Criminologist Philip Stinson has spent more than a decade studying bad cops and oversees a national database that often explains exactly how they came to violate their sworn duty.
Often, Stinson says, the power imbalance between a police officer and the civilians they encounter leads some astray.
Police officers regularly come in contact with vulnerable people who are “subject to the power and coercive authority granted to police,” said the criminal justice professor at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, who is a nationally recognized expert