Police agencies must develop policies for officers which conform to constitutional requirements. Three of the leading U.S. Supreme Court opinions guide interactions between police officers and the people that they contact. Three of the most important cases for law enforcement to not violate are Weeks v. United States (1914), Miranda v. Arizona (1966), and Terry v. Ohio (1968). Prior to beginning work on this assignment, read each of the three listed U.S. Supreme Court cases, Miranda v. Arizona (Links to an external site.), Terry v. Ohio (Links to an external site.) and Weeks v. United States (Links to an external site.). Law enforcement officers throughout the United States are bound by the Constitution’s intentional limitations on the government’s power. Many people believe that people who have done nothing wrong need no protection; however, the truth is that everyone must be afforded their protections from the Bill of Rights (the first 10 amendments to the Constitution) for every person in the country to be safe from governmental overreaching.
In your 500-word Case Briefs (excluding the title and reference pages), examine each of the cases listed through the provided links. Use at least three scholarly and/or credible sources from the Ashford University Library in addition to the course text with one minimum scholarly and/or credible source per case.
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For each case,
- Summarize the facts of the cases—facts are simply what occurred between the police and the defendants in the case, not legal rulings or findings.
- List the constitutional amendment(s) relied upon in the court decisions.
- Describe the Supreme Court opinions (what the Supreme Court ruled on the issues for each case).
- Analyze whether the Supreme Court’s ruling provides appropriate protections for defendants or results in unnecessary risk to people’s safety.
- Explain the implications of the decisions for law enforcement in its investigations.
The Law Enforcement Supreme Court Cases paper
- Must be a minimum of 500 words double-spaced pages in length (not including title and references pages) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center (Links to an external site.).
- Must include a separate title page with the following:
- Title of paper
- Student’s name
- Course name and number
- Instructor’s name
- Date submitted
- Must include an introduction and conclusion paragraph. Your introduction paragraph needs to end with a clear thesis statement that indicates the purpose of your paper. For assistance on writing Introductions & Conclusions (Links to an external site.) as well as Writing a Thesis Statement (Links to an external site.), refer to the Ashford Writing Center sources.
- Must use at least three scholarly and/or credible sources from the Ashford University Library in addition to the course text.
- The Scholarly, Peer Reviewed, and Other Credible Sources (Links to an external site.) table offers additional guidance on appropriate source types. If you have questions about whether a specific source is appropriate for this assignment, contact your instructor. Your instructor has the final say about the appropriateness of a specific source for an assignment. The Integrating Research (Links to an external site.) tutorial will offer further assistance with including supporting information and reasoning.
- Must document all sources in APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center’s Citing Within Your Paper (Links to an external site.)
- Must include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. See the Formatting Your References List (Links to an external site.) resource in the Ashford Writing Center for specifications.