Understanding Police Use of Force: Investigation & Litigation Concepts (SC)

Section 1SP, Fall 20

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 14/23
Credits: 1

Course Description

The objective of this short course is to examine law enforcement use of force decision making through the lenses of the United States Constitution and the cases that have interpreted its meaning. Because all uses of force by law enforcement officers against free citizens is governed by 4th Amendment standards, our short journey will begin with an understanding of both 4th Amendment applicability and satisfaction and how both relate to policy, training, supervision, the decision to use force, and the evaluation that takes place thereafter by the courts and law enforcement policy makers. Our discussion will culminate with a discussion of the use of force investigative process and the litigation process that oftentimes results from a law enforcement use of force incident, particularly those incidents that result in death.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Midterm Type (if any): None
Description: None

Final Type (if any): None
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Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Students will be required to submit a final paper of 2,500 words via EXPO no later than noon two weeks from the last class session.

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: (Constitutional Law (6001)) AND (Criminal Adjudication (7018) OR Criminal Investigation (7019) OR Criminal Procedure Survey (7009)) AND (Civil Procedure (6000)) Criminal Law and Torts are recommended, but not required. Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: Yes
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the Writing Requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

General Information

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