Above the Law

Number 16298
Subject Police
Source Scene (Nashville, Tenn.)
State TN
Year 1999
Publication Date Oct. 21, 1999; Oct. 28, 1999; Nov. 4, 1999; Nov. 11, 1999; Dec. 2, 1999; Dec. 16, 1999; Dec. 23, 1999
Summary A Nashville Scene investigation of Detection Services, a private security firm, revealed that the force "systematically abused Hispanics living at apartment complexes the company had been hired to patrol. The private security guards authorized the illegal towing of Hispanics' cars, stole their money, beat them, sprayed mace in their faces and humiliated them on countless occasions." In addition, the publication discovered that more than 40 officers working for the Nashville Police Department were on Detection Services' payroll. This may explain "why the company got away with the abuse."
Category IRE Contest Entry
Pages 33
Keywords private security firms; rent-a-cop; violence; minorities; discrimination; law enforcement
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