Fuller, Introduction to Criminal Justice: A Brief Edition Student Resources

Chapter 5


Law-enforcement officers operate under a set of rules dictated by the Constitution, statutory law, and department or agency procedure. Find a news article that demonstrates how the police may make legal mistakes when dealing with suspects.

  1. Did the mistakes the police made in this case allow the defendant to escape prosecution?

How might the police have handled the situation differently to ensure that the arrest of the suspect was completely legal?