Scenario Analysis: Police Brutality

Question

Read the following article and link and then, in your own words, write a two page review about the article titled: "Seattle WA police seem to have an ace in the hole in their effort to stop the DOJ from forcing them to stop committing civil rights abuses in the form of a fellow Seattle police officer in the state legislature. That officer has crafted a bill that will make it illegal for the DOJ to force police agencies to comply with the US Constitution. If people doubt this bill will make it far, Washington state has the lowest combined prosecution & conviction rate against bad cops in the nation thanks to state laws especially crafted to make it nearly impossible to convict police officers of misconduct in the course of duty. If this bill passes it could very well be a license for police to commit any abuses they want without repercussion. Rep Mike Hope, currently serving Seattle police officer, and his bill have the backing of the powerful WACOPS lobbying group that leverages combined contributions of all police unions in Washington state. He was briefly suspended from the SPD in 2001 for demanding professional courtesy from officers when his friend was stopped for drunk driving." http://www.injusticeeverywhere.com/?p=3928. Your paper should be a legal discussion with only the last paragraph addressing your personal feelings on this topic. You can address the following issues to help you work through the bulk of your paper:

1) What steps would such a "bill" have to take in order to become a law?

2) What steps in the civil litigation process might be involved in the case of Ian Birk v. John T. Williams?

Summary

This is an article review on Police brutality and a rule or bill which is sought to be passed in both houses. This bill when enacted will give absolute power to police force. Of course, this law has to be approved by both houses with at least 2/3rd of majority and it has also been vetoed by the President. In this wake, recent incidents of police brutality have been noted.

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