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In Spring 2020, communities across the United States witnessed protests in the wake of the death of George Floydand Breonna Taylor. Calls for police reform became prevalent in the media, on yard signs in urban and suburbanareas, in commercials and, of course, in political discourse. This assignment is an opportunity for students to drawupon what you have learned about policing models, strategies, unions, legal regulations and liability, andorganizational change to address calls for police reform.
PAGE LIMIT: 5 pages, exclusive of Title page and Works Cited page
TECHNICAL: Double-spaced, 12-point font, 1-inch margins
**Assignment Description: In Breaking Rank, Norm Stamper suggests that meaningful criminal justice reform cannotoccur without significant structural transformation of local police departments. Your paper will develop anargument either in support of or against Stampers position. You will be graded based on how persuasively youargue your position. You are expected to draw upon both (i) course materials (i.e., the textbook, Stampers bookand material posted on Canvas), and (ii) your independent research (including news articles, academic books andpeer-reviewed articles). You should cite at least three sources (other than required course material). Your papershould address at least one counterargument to your thesis. An effective introduction and conclusions are alsonecessary.
EXCERPT from Chapter 16 (Demilitarizing the Police) of Norm Stampers book, Breaking Rank:
Many Americans view their local PD as an occupational forcerepressive, distant, arrogant. Itsno wonder: their police department operates within the framework of a paramilitarybureaucracy, a structure that fortifies that image and promotes the behavior. Your local PDtakes raw material, the average police recruit from your own community, and molds him or herinto a soldier-bureaucrat, starting in the academy.
That rigid, top-down, highly centralized, militarily oriented command and control systemsimply does not work for policing not in America, not in our multicultural, ostensibly, pluralistic,democratic society. The paramilitary bureaucracy, or PMB, as Ive referred to it in my notesover the years, is a slow-footed, buck-passing, blame-laying, bullying, bigotry-fosteringinstitutional arrangement, as constipated by tradition and as resistant to change as Mel Gibsonsversion of the Catholic Church. I cannot imagine other essential reforms in policing improvedcrime-fighting, safety and morale of the force, the honoring of constitutional guaranteeswithout significant structural transformation.
TECHNICAL ASPECTS: Your paper must be submitted online via Turnitin. It must be typed with 12-point font, anddouble-spaced. Use correct grammar, spelling, punctuation, and sentence structure. The paper must be writtenusing the OWL Resource MLA formatting style guide (AVAILABLE ONLINE). The paper must not exceed five pages(exclusive of the Work Cited page and Cover Page). The cover page must list your name, paper title, instructorsname, and date of submission. The Works Cited must list all sources used.
GRADING: Your paper will be graded using the following rubric:Introductory Paragraph (10 points): The introduction should provide (i) factual and theoretical context foryour paper, (ii) set forth your thesis, and (iii) provide a roadmap of your argument.
Well-Crafter Thesis (20 points): Your thesis should clearly present your argument to the reader. You willlose points if the position you are taking is unclear.
Two Argument Supporting Thesis (60 points): Your paper should feature two arguments that clearly andlogically support your thesis. Your argument should draw on evidence (e.g., statistics, interviews, researcharticles, etc.) to persuade the reader of your position.
Counterargument (20 points): Your paper should identify and refute a counterargument. Maximum pointswill be awarded to the articulation and refutation of strong counterarguments based on evidence (asopposed to hypothetical arguments, strawmen or indefensibly extreme views).
Quality of Research (50 points): You must draw upon (i) course materials and (ii) your own independentresearch. At a minimum, you must cite three quality sources in addition to the textbook, Stampers bookor any material posted on Canvas. Peer-reviewed research articles offer the highest quality because thedata is reviewed by specialists in the field. Additional quality sources include academic books, articlesfrom credible news sources (such as major newspapers and news magazines), statistics fromgovernmental sites, and published judicial opinions. Lectures/lecture slides are considered an informalsource that you should avoid. Wikipedia is not a quality source. Each chapter in your textbook has a list ofsources/citations that can aid in your research.
Conclusion (10 points): Your conclusion should synthesize the thoughts raised in the body of your paperand offer your final thoughts on the subject.
Correct Grammar, Spelling and MLA Formatting (20 points): Your paper must contain correct spelling andgrammar and utilize MLA formatting. For each error, one point will be deducted. Use an academic tone(avoid slang and contractions).
Works Cited Page (10 points): The works cited page must list every resource that you used to developyour paper
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