The U.S. Constitution ensures the rights of citizens, particularly against police and government intrusion. As part of that, the Fourth Amendment protects an individual’s right to be free from illegal search and seizure. In communist and dictatorship governments, citizens are subject to police and government search, sometimes without cause and warning. However, citizens of the United States are assured that police and government officials must have cause before being personally searched, submitted to breathalyzers, or wire tapped.
New York City began a stop, question, and frisk program. The program allows officers to stop and question pedestrians, and frisk them for weapons and other contraband. Since its inception, citizens and community leaders questioned the program and challenged its validity.
By Saturday, February 21, 2015, in a minimum of 250 words, post to the Discussion Area your response to the following:
- Research the New York stop and frisk program. What laws, statutes, or cases are the basis for the program?
- The program disproportionately affects a certain population. How has the program raised racial profiling issues?
- Do you believe the program violates the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution? Why or why not?
Use both the textbook and reputable outside resources from the Internet and Argosy University online library resources to locate the laws, statutes, and cases.
Discussion Grading Criteria and Rubric
All discussion assignments in this course will be graded using a rubric. This assignment is worth 40 points. Download the discussion rubric, and carefully read the rubric to understand the expectations.