Criminal Law, Civil Order: Policing in the 21st Century (S)


This course will examine the roots of civil policing in the United States, with an emphasis on the last sixty (60) years of Federal and State Court decisions that address a range of issues such a stop and frisk, search and seizure, and use of force. We will examine the efforts of courts and legislation to balance the need for order with the recognition of individual and civil rights. What roles do local community policing and theories like "broken windows" play in the delivery and perception of criminal justice? How much do Federal priorities and funding drive law enforcement initiatives? What roles do gender and race play among all the actors: victims, defendants, and police institutions? The course will examine remedies available for police misconduct, especially excessive use of force, including Internal Affairs, Civilian Review Boards and Sec. 1983 law suits. Most classes will include a guest with experience on the issue and/or co-teacher. Each class will require a short written and/or oral argument presentation as well as discussion. There will be a final project with an oral and written component. Attendance and participation will factor into the final grade. ENROLLMENT LIMIT: 18 students. LIMITED WRITING REQUIREMENT OPTION: A limited number of students may be permitted to satisfy the upper-class writing requirement with the approval of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. **A student who fails to attend the initial meeting of a seminar, or to obtain permission to be absent from either the instructor or the Registrar, will be administratively dropped from the seminar. Students who wait list for a seminar are required to attend the first seminar meeting to be considered for enrollment.