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Assignment 1: LASA 2: Policy, Lawsuits, and the Mitigation Plan

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It is important for those who have an interest in the criminal justice system or in law enforcement to learn about some of the challenges working in a litigious society can create. Criminal justice agencies have developed methods to reduce the chances of incurring lawsuits against their officers and departments. You will glean valuable insight and learn how to begin developing clear, concise, and substantive communication necessary for criminal justice and law enforcement officers.

In this LASA, you will create a 18–20 slide PowerPoint presentation and write your script from the perspective of one of the following roles in Centervale: an internal affairs investigator, compliance officer, or similar official seeking to mitigate and improve the department by reducing the number of legal actions filed against the department. You have been asked to do this presentation in response to the following scenario:

It is common to see groups of youths hanging around various locations in Centervale. A group of mischievous juveniles hang out at a 24 hour Burger Joint on Tenth Street on a fairly regular basis and often get into Saturday night scuffles with other groups of juveniles, which require the police to respond to clear the area. The owner of the Burger Joint has become increasingly concerned about a drastic decrease in sales; however, he continued to look the other way until the scuffles escalated into full-blown fights that involved weapons, such as knives or brass knuckles.

Recently, the owner of the Burger Joint called 911 in a panic because he thought he heard gunshots fired from the parking lot area during a scuffle. Officers from the Centervale Police Department (CPD) arrived on the scene to find several youths involved in a physical fight provoked by a verbal attack, but there were no visible signs of weapons. Officer Jack Newbie just completed Taser training at the Centervale Police Academy. Officer Newbie believes carrying a “non-lethal” alternative to a firearm is beneficial for law enforcement officers.

Officer Newbie and his partner proceeded with caution when attempting to break-up the fight at the Burger Joint because reports of weapons involvement can create very dangerous situations for officers as they approach. Sam White, 15 years old, who was not actively involved in the physical aspect of the scuffle, tried to flee from the scene. Officer Newbie did not give verbal commands before firing his Taser at White as he fled. The Taser’s 50,000-volt of electric shock caused White to go into cardiac arrest upon impact, but he was revived on the way to Centervale Memorial hospital. White’s girlfriend, Rosey Green, a small-framed female, who was visibly showing signs of pregnancy, was distraught and angry over White’s condition. Green jumped onto Officer Newbie’s back, bit him on the neck and punched him in the ear. Officer Newbie’s partner, Officer Joe Flash, Tased Green during the assault. Later that evening Green had a miscarriage and lost her baby. Green and her parents are now suing the CPD for use of excessive force against a minor.

 

Instructions:

The information from your Power Point Presentation will be used by the CPD to add or change policies and to make high-level executive polices to reduce lawsuits.

The following information must be included in your presentation:

  • Based on your research of the history and your research of issues surrounding liability in policing today, did Officer Newbie’s handling of the situation with White and Green create a liability or potential lawsuit situation for the CPD? Evaluate how the use of force was applied in this situation with regard to White’s attempt to flee the scene and Green’s physical assault of Officer Newbie and suggest a new policy based on your evaluation in your presentation.
  • The CPD’s current use-of-force policy states that the amount of force any officer may use against any individual may be one degree greater than the amount of force being applied by any individual against any officer. Compare and contrast CPD’s use-of-force policy with the facts of the Green Case. In your presentation, explain how Green’s behavior, the facts of the case (i.e., dispatch: fight with weapons), and Officer Newbie’s response align or misalign with the terms of the policy.
  • Create a mitigation action plan (MAP) that contains three recommendations supported by the findings of current empirical research that might help to reduce the number of lawsuits that could be potentially filed against the CPD.
  • Does the definition of a frivolous lawsuit apply to the situation with Officer Newbie and his handling of the White Case? Analyze and discuss how a potential lawsuit filed by White against the CPD might be perceived by the court and how the CPD might mediate or litigate a lawsuit of this nature.

Submission Details:

  • Save the final presentation as M5_A1_Lastname_Firstname.ppt.
  • The Title page and Reference Page does not included in the slide count. (18-20)
  • Needs to have speaker notes as much detail as possible in the speaker notes.  
  • By Thursday, December 11, 2014, submit your final presentation to the M5: Assignment 1 Dropbox.
  • Attached is writing in Third party.  This power point has to be in third party.  No, I,ME,YOU,MYSELF, Etc.  Example would be According to Peak _____________.  

 

Grading Rubric

CJA235 LASA 2 Rubric

 

Components

Unsatisfactory

 

Emerging

 

Proficient

 

Exemplary

 

Researched the history and current issues surrounding liability in policing in relation to Officer Newbie’s handing of the situation with White and Green; evaluated the potential risk for a lawsuit and evaluated how the Use of Force was applied in this situation; suggested a new policy.

 

CO 1

Research was inaccurate as to the history and current issues surrounding liability in policing in relation to Officer Newbie’s handing of the situation with White and Green; inaccurate evaluation of the potential risk for a lawsuit and/or inaccurate evaluation of how the Use of Force was applied in this situation; did not suggest a new policy.

 

Research was vague and incomplete as to the history and current issues surrounding liability in policing in relation to Officer Newbie’s handing of the situation with White and Green; incomplete or vague evaluation of the potential risk for a lawsuit and/or inaccurate evaluation of how the Use of Force was applied in this situation; incomplete or vague suggestion for a new policy.

 

 

Research on the history and current issues surrounding liability in policing in relation to Officer Newbie’s handing of the situation with White and Green was complete with some details provided; complete evaluation of the potential risk for a lawsuit and complete evaluation of how the Use of Force was applied in this situation; suggested a new policy with some details provided.

 

Exemplary research on the history and current issues surrounding liability in policing in relation to Officer Newbie’s handing of the situation with White and Green was complete with specific details provided; analytical evaluation of the potential risk for a lawsuit and analytical evaluation of how the Use of Force was applied in this situation; exemplary suggestion for a new policy with specific details provided grounded in empirical research.

 

Compare and contrast CPD’s Use of Force Policy with the facts of the Green Case.

CO 2

Inaccurate comparison of CPD’s Use of Force Policy with the facts of the Green Case.

Incomplete or vague comparison of CPD’s Use of Force Policy with the facts of the Green Case.

 

 

Compared and contrasted CPD’s Use of Force Policy with the facts of the Green Case with some details provided.

 

Exemplary analytical comparison of CPD’s Use of Force Policy with the facts of the Green Case was with specific details provided.

Explain how Green’s behavior, the facts of the case (i.e., dispatch: fight with weapons), and Officer Newbie’s response align or misalign with the terms of the policy.

 

CO 2

Inaccurate explanation of how Green’s behavior, the facts of the case, and Officer Newbie’s response align or misalign with the terms of the policy.

 

Incomplete or vague explanation of how Green’s behavior, the facts of the case, and Officer Newbie’s response align or misalign with the terms of the policy.

 

Explained how Green’s behavior, the facts of the case, and Officer Newbie’s response align or misalign with the terms of the policy with some details provided.

 

Synthesized Green’s behavior, the facts of the case, and Officer Newbie’s response with the terms of the policy with specific examples grounded by empirical research.

 

Create a mitigation action plan (MAP) containing three recommendations supported by the findings of current empirical research that might help to reduce the number of lawsuits that could be potentially filed against the Centervale Police Department.

 

CO 2

Mitigation action plan (MAP) was inaccurate or contained inaccurate information; recommendations were based on inaccurate research or non-empirical data.

 

Provided an incomplete or vague mitigation action plan (MAP) containing incomplete or vague recommendations; recommendations were partially supported by findings of current research.

Created a complete mitigation action plan (MAP) containing three recommendations supported by some examples and/or some details; recommendations are supported by empirical research.

 

 

Created a synthesis of recommendations supported by current (within the past five years) empirical research within the mitigation action plan (MAP) and provided examples with specific details to help reduce the number of lawsuits that could be potentially filed against the Centervale Police Department.

Apply the definition of frivolous lawsuit to the situation with Officer Newbie’s handling of the White Case. Analyze and discuss how a potential lawsuit filed by White against the Centervale Police Department might be perceived by the court and how the Centervale Police Department might mediate or litigate a lawsuit of this nature.

 

 

CO 2

Inaccurate application of the definition of frivolous lawsuit to the situation with Officer Newbie in relation to the White Case. Inaccurate analysis or discussion of how a potential lawsuit of this nature might be perceived by the court or mediated/litigated by the Centervale Police Department.

Incomplete or vague application of the definition of frivolous lawsuit to the situation with Officer Newbie in relation to the White Case. Incomplete or vague analysis or discussion of how a potential lawsuit of this nature might be perceived by the court or mediated/litigated by the Centervale Police Department.

Accurately applied the definition of frivolous lawsuit to the situation with Officer Newbie’s handling of the White Case and provided some details. Accurately analyzed and discussed how a potential lawsuit of this nature might be perceived by the court and mediated or litigated by the Centervale Police Department supported by some details or examples.

 

Exemplary synthesis of the definition of frivolous lawsuit as it applies to the situation with Officer Newbie’s handling of the White Case as demonstrated by providing specific details and examples. Exemplary analysis and discussion of how a potential lawsuit of this nature might be perceived by the court and mediated or litigated by the Centervale Police Department as supported by empirical research and specific details or examples.

Presentation is coming from the perspective of an internal affairs investigator, compliance officer, or similar official delivering recommendations to a group or in a conference format presented to a public group or criminal justice police policy board or similar government panel; includes an explanation that could be used by a department to add or change policy and to make high-level executive polices to reduce lawsuits.

 

CO 2

Presentation provides and inaccurate perspective from an internal affairs investigator, compliance officer, or similar official delivering recommendations to a group or in a conference format presented to a public group or criminal justice police policy board or similar government panel; inaccurate details or missing recommendations that could be used by a department to add or change policy and to make high-level executive polices to reduce lawsuits.

 

Presentation provides and incomplete perspective from an internal affairs investigator, compliance officer, or similar official delivering recommendations to a group or in a conference format presented to a public group or criminal justice police policy board or similar government panel; incomplete details or vague recommendations that could be used by a department to add or change policy and to make high-level executive polices to reduce lawsuits.

 

Presentation is coming from the perspective of an internal affairs investigator, compliance officer, or similar official delivering recommendations to a group or in a conference format presented to a public group or criminal justice police policy board or similar government panel; includes a clear explanation that could be used by a department to add or change policy and to make high-level executive polices to reduce lawsuits.

 

Presentation is a critical summary of the litigious culture that peace officers interact in every day; it is clearly from the perspective of an internal affairs investigator, compliance officer, or similar official delivering significant recommendations to a group or in a conference format presented to a public group or criminal justice police policy board or similar government panel; includes a original forecast for reducing lawsuits that could be used by a department to add or change policy and to make high-level executive polices to reduce lawsuits.

Organization

Introduction

Thesis

Transitions

Conclusion

Introduction is limited or missing entirely.

 

The presentation lacks a thesis statement.

 

Transitions are infrequent, illogical, or missing entirely.

 

Conclusion is limited or missing entirely. 

 

 

 Introduction is present but incomplete or underdeveloped.

 

The presentation is loosely organized around a thesis that may have to be inferred.

 

Transitions are sporadic.

 

Conclusion is present, but incomplete or underdeveloped.

 

Introduction has a clear opening, provides background information, and states the topic.

 

The presentation is organized around an arguable, clearly stated thesis statement.

 

Transitions are appropriate and help the flow of ideas.

 

Conclusion summarizes main argument and has a clear ending.

 

Introduction catches the reader’s attention, provides compelling and appropriate background info, and clearly states the topic.

 

The presentation is well organized around an arguable, focused thesis.

 

Thoughtful transitions clearly show how ideas relate.

 

Conclusion leaves the reader with a sense of closure and provides concluding insights.

Usage and Mechanics

Grammar

Spelling

Sentence structure

 

 

Writing contains numerous errors in spelling, grammar, and/or sentence structure that severely interferes with readability and comprehension.

 

Errors in spelling and grammar exist that somewhat interfere with readability and/or comprehension.

 

 

 

Writing follows conventions of spelling and grammar throughout.  Errors are infrequent and do not interfere with readability or comprehension.

The presentation is basically error free in terms of mechanics. Grammar and mechanics help establish a clear idea and aid the reader in following the writer’s logic.

 

 

APA Elements

Attribution

Paraphrasing

Quotations

No attempt at APA format.

APA format is attempted to paraphrase, quote, and cite, but errors are significant.

Using APA format, accurately paraphrased, quoted, and cited in many spots throughout when appropriate or called for. Errors present are somewhat minor.

 

Using APA format, accurately paraphrased, quoted, and cited throughout the presentation when appropriate or called for. Only a few minor errors present.

Style

Audience

Word Choice

Writing often slips into first and/or second person.

 

Word choice is consistently inaccurate, unclear, or inappropriate for the audience.

Writing sometimes slips into first and/or second person.

 

Word choice is sometimes inaccurate, unclear, or inappropriate for the audience.

Writing remains in third person throughout writing.

 

Word choice is accurate, clear and appropriate for the audience.

Writing remains professional in third person throughout writing. 

 

Word choice is precise, appropriate for the audience, and memorable. 

 

 

 

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