Law Enforcement Supreme Court Cases

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.)https://www.oyez.org/cases/1965/759 ,  Terry v. Ohio (Links to an external site.)   https://www.oyez.org/cases/1967/67  And Weeks v. United States (Links to an external site.).   https://www.oyez.org/cases/1900-1940/232us383 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 University of Arizona Global Campus Library in addition to the course text with one minimum scholarly and/or credible source per case.

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*Note: To access the University of Arizona Global Campus Library directly, click on the Writing Center and Library links in your left navigation. Watch the Database Search Tips (Links to an external site.) video for more and see Searching the University of Arizona Global Campus Library 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.

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