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The Courts and the Image of Police Officers

Do you think that the courts have appropriately supported the Constitution and its relationship to the police? Why or why not?
What can police agencies do to improve the image of policing?
How can the relationship between police and minorities be improved?

I need ideas and suggestions for these questions. Thank you.

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Interesting questions! Let's take a closer closer look at the three questions through discussion and examples. I also attached three supporting and informative articles.

RESPONSE:

1. Do you think that the courts have appropriately supported the Constitution and its relationship to the police? Why or why not?

This debate is historically rooted and still, there is no consensus. Limited power was given to the Courts. Many argue that the Courts have not appropriately supported the Constitution due to the power of federal government to restrain judges from taking certain actions. Some go so far as to argue that the Constitution is fiction (http://members.aol.com/testoath/suspend.htm).

For example, when Roosevelt took office, the Court was still interpreting the Constitution in such a way as to impose significant restraints on the regulatory activity of the federal government. By the end of the New Deal, however, federal power over economic and social matters had become essentially limitless. In a nutshell, the Judicial branch and the Legislative-Executive branches disagreed on what kind of theory should serve as window-dressing for their "Administrative State." One said "Emergency Powers," the other said "No reason to suspend the Constitution; let's call it 'Commerce Clause.'"[14] The "Commerce Clause" people seem to have won. But it's just a different name for the same dictatorship, according to this source http://members.aol.com/testoath/suspend.htm).

See Constitution Restoration Act (2004) at http://www.theamericanview.com/index.php?id=56.

Also see attached article on the history of the Courts relationship with the Constitution.

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This solution discusses whether or not the courts have appropriately supported the Constitution and its relationship to the police, including why or why not. It also discusses specific strategies that police agencies can do to improve the image of policing and how the relationship between police and minorities can be improved. Supplemented with articles related to the topic of policing, the constitution, ethics and models of oversight.

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