Week 2 – Assignment
Law Enforcement Supreme Court Cases
[WLO: 4] [CLOs: 2, 3, 6]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
(https://www.oyez.org/cases/1965/759) , Terry v. Ohio (https://www.oyez.org/cases/1967/67) and
Weeks v. United States (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
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
Consider using Q for your library research and to access writing supports, and tutoring services
available to you. See the Guide to Installing and Using Q
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*Note: To access the Ashford University Library directly, click on the Writing Center and Library links in
your left navigation. Watch the Database Search Tips
(https://ashford.mediaspace.kaltura.com/media/Database+Search+Tips/0_vj8u97hi) video for more and
see Searching the Ashford University Library document for assignment-specific search tips.
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
(https://writingcenter.ashford.edu) .
• 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 (http://writingcenter.ashford.edu/introductions-conclusions) as well
as Writing a Thesis Statement (http://writingcenter.ashford.edu/writing-a-thesis) , 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
44d59303ccef/1/Scholarly%20Peer-Reviewed%20and%20Other%20Credible%20Sources.pdf) 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 (https://content.bridgepointeducation.com/curriculu…
1/Integrating%20Research.zip/story_html5.html) 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 (http://writingcenter.ashford.edu/citing-within-your-paper)
• 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
(http://writingcenter.ashford.edu/format-your-reference-list) resource in the Ashford Writing Center for
Carefully review the Grading Rubric
(http://ashford.waypointoutcomes.com/assessment/22396/preview) for the criteria that will be used to
evaluate your assignment

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