Violation of Civil Rights

  • List what factors may be considered by a court in determining whether a police officer has violated an individual’s civil rights.
  • Discuss each of those factors that could be an issue in this case.
    • While discussing each of those factors, identify whether there is a need for additional information to reach a conclusion about each factor.
    • Discuss whether having detailed procedures in place for responding to a call such as this could impact the decision of whether the officers violated the individual’s civil rights.
  • Did the officers have sufficient cause to be on stake out at the office supply store?
    • Defend your answer based on research into law enforcement operations in a small agency.
  • Hypothetically speaking, what if the suspect’s rights were violated?
    • Would you (as the chief of police) support some form of disciplinary action against the officers involved? Why or why not?
    • What factors could influence that decision?
  • Should the man’s wife be entitled to collect damages? Why or why not?
  • Do you believe that the officers engaged in racial profiling? Explain your answer.
  • Assume that this case led to a public outcry for a citizen review board to examine questionable police activities and recommend disciplinary and policy actions. Would you support the creation of such a board? Why or why not?
  • Base your decision on research into citizen review boards and their impact on officer and department performance on civil rights issues.

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