Jack Mosley, a burnt-out detective, is assigned the unenviable task of transporting a fast-talking convict from jail to a courthouse 16 blocks away. However, along the way he learns that the man is supposed to testify against Mosley's colleagues, and the entire NYPD wants him dead. Mosley must choose between loyalty to his colleagues and protecting the witness, and never has such a short distance seemed so long. A main theme that is blatantly presented throughout the movie is police corruption, the corruption links perfectly to discussions and lechers held in class, although corruption is something that was pre-existing when the film begins. Corruption has no place in an organization that’s job is to uphold the law but unfortunately has its place in a majority of agencies. Fortunately however, it there is a solution. Exploitation that is found in the precinct is a major role in the plot of the film.
Police misconduct and corruption are misuses of police authority. Sometimes used interchangeably, the terms denote to a varied series of technical, unlawful, and civil violations. Misconduct is the largest category. Misconduct is "procedural" when it is mentioned to police who violate police division rules and regulations; "criminal" when it refers to police who infringe state and federal laws; "unconstitutional" when it refers to forces who breach a citizen's Civil Rights; or any amalgamation thereof. Common forms of misconduct are unnecessary use of physical or Deadly Force, prejudiced arrest, physical or vocal harassment, and selective enforcement of the law. Police corruption is the exploitation of police authority for private gain. Corruption may include profit or another type of material benefit gained illegally as a consequence of the officer's authority. Representatively forms of corruption include Bribery, Extortion, receiving or fencing stolen goods, and selling drugs. The term also refers to configurations of misconduct within a given police department or special unit, predominantly where crimes are frequent with the acquiescence of superiors or through other ongoing failure to appropriate them. Corruption was discussed in class as a natural part of police sub-culture.
Dr. Arter discussed in class one day about a mysterious and unknown culture of a typical police department that society has no clue about. The use of the sub culture is what leads into the accepting of the corruption in most agencies. The sub culture is taught to younger officers by more experienced officers and if the rookie does not catch on to ethics and natural norms of the precinct. Sometimes however these unwritten rules can have a negative effect on the moral codes of the men in blue. They believe that they could be above the law since they in fact are the law. However not all police officers are like this and more than the majority are right and just in their representation of the law, Although as the old saying goes “it only takes one bad apple to ruin the whole batch”. The police sub culture needs to start implementing more ways of getting good onto the right side of the law. Jack Mosley shows how a bad cop can turn good, and how moral decisions is what makes a man who he is. Officer Mosley at the very beginning of the film seems to be extremely burnt out old cop who has had more than his fair share of the bad side of crime. When he suddenly finds himself at a middle ground in his moral turpitude. He feels like the wrongful and horrible things he had done throughout his career he had only gotten away with because he was an officer of the law. Realizing the error of his ways Jack finds it necessary to correct his errors and help a witness by the name of Eddie testify in front of a grand jury, which we find out later that he was apart of the police corruption that Eddie was going to testify to. He was willing to receive a punishment for the wrong doing that he was apart of due to the change in