Ethnicity and the Police Part II Final Deliverable Paper

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Option 1: Newspaper Opinion Article Develop a 700- to 1050-word newspaper opinion piece based on the topic you selected in your Week Two individual assignment. Follow the outline created in Week Two and incorporate any changes suggested by the facilitator. Address the following topics in your newspaper article: Express your opinion on the topic. Include at least one contemporary event as an example to illustrate the main points. Include three references from peer-reviewed journals, trade publicat

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Ethnicity and the Police Part II: Final DeliverableNameClassDateProfessorEthnicity and the Police Part II: Final Deliverable Police officers are pivotal in ensuring that the criminal element does not overrun society. When police officers are present in society they deter criminal behavior and ensure that the criminal element is identified and arrested. Police officers are considered public officials that have an ethical duty to act within the confines of the law and to treat all community members fairly and equally. They are responsible for protecting the citizen and their property and ensuring the community members does not fear becoming victims of crime. Challenges arise when police officers display unethical behavior, such as racial profiling and excessive force, in minority communities. In current society one of the greatest concerns involving unethical behavior by police officers involves racial profiling. Racial profiling is a practice by law enforcement where instead of selecting a criminal suspect based on a reasonable suspicion they are engaging in illegal behavior police select the criminal suspect based on race (Tomaskovic-Devey, 2009). This is most prevalent in African American communities and has become so common in society that citizens often times refer to an African American pulled over by police by the term "driving while black". Racial profiling is such an extremely large problem in the United States that the result has b

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