Abuse of Power

The following is the definition of Abuse of Power-

“Abuse of power, in the form of “malfeasance in office” or “official misconduct,” is the commission of an unlawful act, done in an official capacity, which affects the performance of official duties. Malfeasance in office is often grounds for a for cause removal of an elected official by statute or recall election. Abuse of power can also mean a person using the power they have for their own personal gain.”

mmmmm…a person using the power they have for their own personal gain.

Sounds Familiar???

Abuse of power takes place in more places than people realize.

Two of those places that come to mind are the criminal justice system and the workplace.

“There is a saying: “Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.” As long as there are mortal men with ulterior motives (which defines a large preponderance of mankind), there will be corruption and abuse.”(https://www.criminaljusticedegreehub.com/top-abuses-of-power-in-the-criminal-justice-system/)

Some police officers, prosecutors, bosses/managers come to see themselves not as simply enforcers of the law, but as the law itself.

Some managers retaliate against anyone who does not agree with them, or in their eyes, makes them look bad.

They view management as a game of “gottcha” instead of a collaboration and opportunity for joint problem solving.

They’re not beneath lying, attributing words to you you never said, and actions you never did.

Some managers use severance agreements as hush money for illegal actions that the manager themselves have made.

They don’t enforce company policies evenly.

They believe they’ve garnered enough influence within the organization to become untouchable, and their word will be believed over yours.

Management does not like workers to band together; corporate groups now work with the government to tamp down the power of unions and to make unionization more difficult. (https://www.quora.com/Has-the-dismantling-of-US-unions-brought-about-too-much-corporate-power)

Prosecutors, endowed with both autonomy and immunity, hold immense power within the criminal justice system. Prosecutors control secret grand jury proceedings, who will be prosecuted, and the specifics of charges. Those charges are often based on complex laws—and enforced by long mandatory minimum prison sentences—creating strong incentives for defendants to capitulate to lesser charges, perhaps even to crimes they did not commit. 

Equally problematic is the fact that the charging and plea bargaining decisions are made behind closed doors, and prosecutors are not required to justify or explain these decisions to anyone. If a prosecutor treats two similarly situated defendants differently — charging one but not the other or offering a better plea offer to one — it is almost impossible to challenge such differential treatment. (https://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2012/08/19/do-prosecutors-have-too-much-power/federal-proscutors-have-way-too-much-power)

Unchecked power in the hands of prosecutors or Big Corporation Management is as much a threat to our democracy as it is with any other government official, if not more. 

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