Frank Jude Jr How Ethics Are Ignored Essay

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Frank Jude Jr.

How ethics are ignored and human rights are violated is one of the main discussion these days. There are a number of levels at which these two important rules of life are violated each day by individuals belonging to different speeches of life on the daily basis. Many pains are taken by the victims of human rights violations. One of such examples is that of Abner Louima. The paper will discuss the misdemeanor that was faced by Frank Jude Jr. And how the event faced by the victim has caused damages to the public trust.

Frank Jude Jr., a bi- racial man ling in Wisconsin, was performing as a stripper in one of the bachelorette parties on the night of October the 30th, 2004. After the [party, he and his black friend Lovell Harris, were invited to a party by Kirsten Antonissen. The party was hosted by Andrew Spengler at his house situated in Bay View, Milwaukee (Nelson 56). After arriving at the party, Jude and Harris informed Kirsten nicely that they wished to leave as they were feeling uncomfortable. The two left the party, shortly after which Andrew Spengler reported that, his wallet and his badge was missing. The two men leaving the house were confronted by some of the police officers outside Andrew's house. These included Jon Bartlett, Ryan Packard, Jon Causing, Andrew Spengler, Ryan Lemke, Daniel Masarik, and Joseph Stromei. Jude and Harriss were asked repeatedly for the wallet and the badge to which they both denied stealing or seeing the badge. Throwing Jude to the ground, Ryan searched Jude for the badge but could not find it, during which he constantly punched and kicked Jude. The police officers starting beating Frank Jude until he was taken under arrest under the suspicion of theft and taken to the hospital for numerous injuries. Joint jury trial was conducted in March and April 2006. Acquittal was received by Andrew Spengler and Daniel Masarik. Acquittal was also received by Jon Barlett for endangering safety on the second degree (Lawrence 34). The event depicts the failures seen with the policy making at the Milwaukee police department and based on these failures, the changes in the cultures within the police department.

Violation of public trust

The event was such that it raised an uproar in the people. The public reaction was seen on the 18th of April 2006, when more than 5000 demonstrators walked from the Milwaukee County Courthouse to the Federal Courthouse. The main demand of these protestors was to initiate a federal investigation. Other than this, the second demonstration was delivered by a motorcade including more than 300 cars. It delivered a petition to United States Attorney Steven Biskupic demanding a thorough federal investigation.

This event brings out the modern strategies that are being used by the police. This event has certainly been the reasons of a great violation of the public trust of the police. This event has also been one of the main reasons of an increased anger that spread from the major neighborhoods to the minor ones. Before the event took place, it was thought by the citizens that the crime rates were falling in both major and minor neighborhoods and the credit was on the shoulders of the policing strategies of the city. The event was a harsh reality being exposed to these hopeful citizens (Nelson 56).

Police brutality has rather become a common story and there is a need to take into account such illegal and unethical acts. The crime rates in the societies are more dependent on the activities of the lawmakers, policy makers and the police departments. The way Frank Jude Jr. was tortured by the police officers created an increased space for social as well as political anger in the city. As compared to the whites, anger was higher in the nonwhites. The trust that the whites as well as the nonwhites were having with the police since the fall of crime rates in the neighborhoods had been severely tortured by the event of Frank Jude Jr. Here it can be mentioned that the public's trust violation was revealed in at least four different ways. One of the reports published in the Spitzer two years after the event mentioned that there was an increase of police encounters in the city with the black residents. Secondly, reports had shown that there was an increase in racial discrimination in the police. Stops were more for the black people as compared to white people. Thirdly, the reports showed that the reasons of stops used to be invalid and without stronger grounds. Fourth and the most important point that also points out to the public trust violation is that the stops were also an important way to show anger by the police officers (Gaines and Kappeler 28).

Effect on public perception

One of the most important facts that are known by the police is the public support and public perception. With strong public support, the legitimacy of the police also gets great support. Public perception when positive can also help in fighting crimes in a more positive manner. It has been seen that before the event with Frank Jude Jr., the perceptions of the public about the police were positive for over a long period. These perceptions remained positive in the absence of any scandalous events and changes in the policies. Since the event of Frank Jude Jr., there has been a great change in the public perception in regards to the trust that the public should have on the police and the legitimacy of the police activities. There has been a great reduction of confidence of the public in the police (Nelson 90).

There is no doubt about the fact that police officers are considered the source of peace in the community. It has been mentioned that since the crime rates were falling in the various neighborhoods of the cities, there was a consequent increase in the confidence of the public on the activities and performance of the police. The events as the one occurred with Frank Jude Jr. are one of the harshest truths for the community and the public. These events show the darker side of the police activities. An angle of anger and rage that the police exhibits in these kinds of events remains unexplained.

Blacks and whites have demonstrated strong rage and anger since the brutal treatment of Frank Jude Jr. By the police officers. The level of attack and demonstration that was raised by the public is a sign of the disturbance and changes in the public perception about the nature of police activities (Gaines and Kappeler 49).


The sentencing of Barllett, Masarik and Spengler were reviewed by the United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit. Great arguments and discussions took place in front of the three-judge panel. The panel included chief judge Easterbrook as well as the circuit judges as Rovner and Bauer. The panel session was held on 15th may 2009 and the ruling was given on the 8th of June 2009. Affirmations were given by the session for all the rulings along with the court sentencing that was given to Masarik and Spengler. The sentencing that was given for Barlett was vacated and the session requested a resentencing for Barlett. In the year 2012, the case was settled in court for U.S. $2 million.

With this event, many reports have highlighted that recently there has been a great increase by the police in the subject stops as well as the car stops. Most of these stops are based on illogical reasons or are an act of racial as well as ethical discrimination. The event is still remembered by many as one of the main examples of police brutality and what can happen when the police officers go out of control. The event is a reminder of abuse and misuse of power and authority by those who provide justice to the community. These days, Frank Jude Jr., is as important for the community and the police relations as Selma was important for the rights of the voters (Newton 34).

Resulting changes

Since the event, there have been a number of changes. These changes range from the police policy making to the changes in the perceptions and expectations of the community and the lawmakers. The event is a clear example of abuse and misuse of power by the police officers. Soon after the event, great rage was seen in the public against the actions of the police officers. Some called it an act based on racial discrimination and some called it mere abuse of power. It can be both of these (Lawrence 45).

Changes needed were highlighted in the policies of police departments. Methods of psychological training were highlighted that could help the police in working against racial discrimination. Several studies were carried out that highlighted the event mentioning the failures of the police departments as well as the policy makers. Various methods…

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