What are the limits of police power?


What are the limits of police power?



The police play a profound role in our lives, from entertaining us on television to assisting us at our most vulnerable. As a result, we give them a lot of leeway and a lot of trust. What justifies this trust and what are the boundaries they cannot cross? On this episode of Why? Radio we ask these and other questions about the source of police authority, and the permission we give them to investigate crimes. This includes extended discussions about using informants, surveillance, and entrapment.

Luke William Hunt is Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Radford University. His primary research interests are at the intersection of political philosophy, jurisprudence, and criminal justice, and are informed by his professional background. He has a J.D., a Ph.D in philosophy, and was an FBI Special Agent and Supervisory Special Agent in Charlottesville, VA. He is the author of the newly published book The Retrieval of Liberalism in Policing. You can find out more information about him at his webpage: www.lukewilliamhunt.com.


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What are the limits of police power?