Critical Thinking Assignment

CriticalThinking Assignment

Brianwasa 17-year-old African American teenagerwaitingto joincollegewhenhediednear their homein Seattle. Whenhedied,Brian wasplayingfootballwith his youngerbrotherwhentheir footballaccidentallyknockedthebackof a policecar.Aconfrontationensuedwhentwo policemen whowerein thecaraskedthem to handover theballandgohome.Theyrefusedandcontinuedto playtheir game.Thepoliceofficersattemptedto searchandarrestthem, butBrian resistedhesaidthere wasnocrimetheyhadcommitted.TheyaccusedBrian andhis brotherof disturbingthepeace.His resistanceforcedthepoliceofficerto holdhim to thegroundin an attemptto handcuff him. Brian could be heardyellingseveraltimesthathecould not breathe.His brotherpleadedwith thepoliceofficersto letgooff Brian, buttheygavehim a deafear.Brian wastallandwell-built butalsoasthmatic, hediedon thespotafter a callforan ambulancewasrespondedto. On arrivalat thehospitalin a policecar,Brian waspronounceddeaddue to theexcessiveforceappliedon his chestandneck.Meanwhile,his brotherwastakeninto policecustodywherehespentthenight.Thetwo officerswerechargedwith second-degree murderandservedseven anda halfyearsin prison(Civil Liberties andCivil Rights, para.3).

Brianandhis brotherhadtherightto refusea search,arrestandseizureof their football.Thefourth amendmentprotectsthedefendantsfrom generalseizuresof their propertyas wellas from unreasonablesearches.Theonlycircumstanceunder which a searchwarrantmay be viable is whenthere is a probablecauseandwhich should alsobesupportedby oathorproclamationrecountingtheplaceandpersonorpropertyto be. TheFifth Amendment dictatesthata defendanthas therightto refrainfrom testifyingagainst him orherself which may resultfrom policepressure.ThisAmendment protectsthedefendantfrom answeringto an infamouscrime.Thedefendantsare to therightof obtaininga lawyerbefore theycan sayanything about thecrimetheyare accused.Thepoliceare supposedto issuewarningsbetteridentifiedas the‘Miranda Rights’. Theonlyexceptionin which theFifth Amendment may not applyis during a stateof warorpublicdanger.ThisAmendment alsoforbidsanyone to be compelledto be a witnessagainst themselves. Thelawfurtherprotectsthedefendantby statingthat,noinformationacquiredillegally can be as evidencein a courtof law.Under thesixth amendment,Brian’s brotherhadtherightto a speedyandimpartialpublictrial.Witnessesshould be against thedefendantfortheaccusationsagainst him. Thedefendantalsohas therightof obtaininga witnessin his favouras wellas receivinganyassistanceneededby counselto facilitatehis defence.TheBill of Rights is importantin keepingthepolicein checkandrestrainingthem from abuseof power.Italsoempowersthedefendantsin a crimeto receivejusticeandnot be mishandled in anyway(Lesson Four- Constitutional Criminal Procedure, paras. 1-10).

Inthescenario,theindividualsdidnot followall theten rulesof dealingwith thepolice.Someof therulesthat theydidnot followledto their heatedconfrontationwith thepoliceofficers.Firsttheywerenot respectfulbecausewhentheywereaskedto handover theballandgohometheyneverdidsobutinsteadcontinuedwith their game.Secondly,theydidnot keepsilentbutinsteadwith thepoliceclaimingthere wasnocrimetheyhadcommitted.Brian alsoresistedarrestby thepoliceofficers,which wasuncalled foras thepolicehadto useunnecessaryforceon him. Someof therulesthat thedefendantsfollowedwerethattheyresistedto be andseizureof their football.Secondly,theydidnot runthusnot givingthepolicea probablecausefora possiblefelony.Also,thedefendantsinquiredas to whytheywerebeingarrestedwhereasthere wasnocrimetheyhadcommitted.Brian’s brotherwasa goodwitnessas helistenedandwatchedeverything that tookplacecarefully,which wascrucialin their case(The Liberty Papers, paras.5-6).Conclusion

Itis crucialforindividualsto knowtheir rightsas stipulatedby thelaw.Knowledgeof their rightswill ensurethattheyare not of their constitutionalrightsdue to ignoranceon their part.Asmuchas thepolicehavebeenmandated to protecttherightsof civilians,theyare not perfectthemselves. Abuseof powerby thepoliceofficerscan be maintainedifall thecivilianstooka pointof knowingtheir rightsandexercisingthem. An exampleof an empowered civilianis thecaseof thelawstudentwhoknewhis gunrights.Herefusedto givethepoliceanyinformationthat may havebeenusedto incriminatehim. Thestudentalsoaskedthepolicecandid questionson whetherhesuspectedhim of anyfelony.Hefurtherstatedto him thelawunder which thestudentwasprotectedto havethegun.

WorksCited

CivilLiberties and Civil Rights, 2015. Crimeand Due Process.Retrieved from: &lthttp://www.ush istory.org/gov/10c.asp&gt

LessonFour (n.d), ConstitutionalCriminal Procedure.Retrieved from: &lt http://www.cjsocpols.armstrong.edu/kearnes/SupremeCourt_Homepg/lawandcourt_lesson4.htm&gt

TheLiberty Papers, (2010). FlexYour Rights Presents-Ten Rules For Dealing With Police.Retrieved from: &lthttp://www.thelibertypapers.org/2010/04/14/flex-your-rights-presents-10-rules-for-dealing-with-police/&gt