Assignment — Scenario: Criminal Law

Assignment — Scenario: Criminal Law

Subject: General Questions    / College life    


In the scenario listed below there are at least four alleged crimes and at least one possible civil action. Review the scenario and identify these crimes and civil action.

    In a 3 – 4 page paper (excluding title and reference pages), apply principles of criminal law to criminal justice practice.

    Show an understanding of the civil liabilities of criminal justice agencies and practitioners.

    Cite case law regarding the possible civil action that could be taken against the police officer, the department, and the city.


Police Officer Jones, in full uniform, was walking the midnight shift in a high-crime area at

approximately 2:00 AM and is approached by a civilian who told Officer Jones she had been robbed

and beaten by someone wearing a red shirt and white pants. The victim’s shirt was blood soaked

from a severe laceration to her head and lip. She said the perpetrator was wearing a ski mask so she

was unable to determine the gender/sex of the individual, as well as the race/ethnicity. However, she

was able to inform Officer Jones that the perpetrator was approximately 5’8” tall and had a gun. The

perpetrator stole her wallet and was holding it when he/she fled the scene, which was only a minute

or two earlier. Officer Jones called for medical assistance and for backup as well.

While waiting with the victim for medical personnel to arrive, Officer Jones spotted an individual that

partially fit the description about a block away from the scene. Though it was very dark, Officer Jones

observed the white pants and dark shirt. Officer Jones walked toward the individual, leaving the victim

unattended. Medical and backup had not arrived. When Officer Jones was approximately 20 feet

away he identified himself as a police officer and told him in a loud, clear voice, “Stop, Police!

However, the individual refused to comply with Officer Jones’s commands and continued to walk

away from Officer Jones. Officer Jones again shouted. “Stop, Police,” and the individual stopped. As

the individual stopped, he turned and faced Officer Jones, at which point saw a large bulge in the

subject’s right front pocket. The subject, who was now approximately 7 feet from Officer Jones,

refused to keep hands where Officer Jones could see them. The subject reached into his right front

pocket and began to draw his hand out of his right front pocket. Officer Jones drew his weapon and

fired at the individual, hitting him in the left shoulder.

The individual fell to the ground and Officer Jones approached him and called for additional medical

personnel. Officer Jones located a baggie filled with smaller baggies each filled with what appeared to

be Cocaine and a cell phone. The individual was taken to the hospital and was labeled as stable.

Detectives investigating the incident discovered that the person shot was not the perpetrator in the

alleged strong-armed robbery. They also discovered that the victim lied and was actually involved in a

domestic violence incident and did not want her husband to be arrested.
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