Use of Power by the Police
The police have the power to make arrests, perform searches and seizures, interrogate suspects, and carry out a host of other duties in accordance with the rule of law. The rule of law is a combination of constitutional laws, legislative statutes, and case laws from court decisions that dictates, and in some cases limits, how the police should respond in certain circumstances. For example, while police officers have the power to make arrests, they should only do so with probable cause. The rule of law changes as new laws are passed and court decisions are made. Before the Miranda v. Arizona court case in 1966, police officers were not required to inform suspects of their rights and could lead them to believe anything during an interrogation. They could also isolate suspects for long periods of time without giving them an opportunity to consult with a lawyer. As a result of the Miranda v. Arizona court decision, police officers are now required to inform suspects of their rights, which changed interrogation methods.
To prepare for this Discussion:
Review Chapter 7 of your course text, Policing America: Challenges and Best Practices. Focus on the use of power by the police (for example, arrest, search and seizure, and surveillance) as defined by the U.S. Constitution and court cases.
Reflect on the breadth and limitations of the use of power by the police as granted under the law.
Identify two examples (historic or contemporary) that demonstrate the use of legal power by the police.
Reflect on the impact and implications of the use of power by the police in general or as it relates to the examples you identified.
With these thoughts in mind:
Post by Thursday September 1, 2016 a 350 word explanation of the breadth and limitations of the use of power by the police as granted under the law. Then provide two specific examples that demonstrate the use of legal power by the police. Finally, explain the impact and implications of the use of legal power by the police in general or as it relates to your examples. Be specific.
Support your work with proper APA citations from the Learning Resources and any other sources.