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According to Fox News, Seven Baltimore Police Officers are being federally indicted under the suspicion of racketeering (dishonest and/or fraudulent business). The officers are accused of stealing victims money, filing false affidavits, and making fraudulent overtime claims while the officers were on vacation at Myrtle Beach, gambling at casinos. One of the officers is also being charged in a separate drug distribution indictment. Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis, stated “These seven polices officers betrayed the trust of not only the police department but also the public” (FOX 45 Baltimore, 2017). The city of Baltimore is already “under scrutiny” for the Freddy Gray incidents, with Commissioner Davis stating that the “city is trying to heal in a post-Freddy Gray climate” (FOX 45 Baltimore, 2017). The officers are suspended without pay, and are in custody of the FBI, with police still searching for more victims who may have interacted with the detained officers.
According to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, the indicted officers would fall under two categories. These categories are Aesthetic Needs, and Esteem Needs. I feel that because the officers were taking money, taking unauthorized vacations and seeking payment for it, gambling while on the unauthorized vacation, as well as one officer distributing drugs, helps place them in an Aesthetic Needs group. I also believe that these officers were conducting the vacations and gambling and other unauthorized activities, because they were seeking to reinforce their self-image, esteem, and their need to feel accomplished. This would place them in the Esteem Needs category.
Every officer takes an oath to protect and defend law-abiding citizens of the United States. Each officer has his/her duty to do whats necessary to ensure that their responsibilities of helping the people are met. Conducting in a manner that only benefits themselves, while also intentionally or unintentionally harming others, is never what an officer should be doing. While on duty, an officer should ONLY be conducting themselves within the boundaries of authority they are given, to help defend law-abiding citizens from those who would do harm to them.