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Debate Topic: Regulating Police Misconduct

Guide for communication class on the 2017-18 debate topic: Resolved: the United States federal government should significantly increase the regulation of state and/or local police misconduct in the United States.

Overview

Police Officer writes a ticket

Image from FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin03/05/13

A few resources that give good overall viewpoints on a topic.

CQ  Researcher - Great in-depth current event reports. For your topic, look at this short report from 2016: Crime & Police Conduct

Police Misconduct - A 2012 long report looking at this issue. 

 

CRS Report to Congress-

Police Use of Force:Rules, Remedies, & Reformsfrom 2015. Note: CRS Reports are researched and created for the benefit of Congress. These are wonderful sources. A good place to look for CRS reports is CRSReports.com.

Resolution

 
Resolved: the United States federal government should significantly increase the regulation of state and/or local police misconduct in the United States.

This guide will help you find information for this debate topic concerning the regulation of police misconduct. Separate tags will designate books, articles, government resources and NGOs (nongovernment organizations, such as advocacy groups). 

About the resolution. There are three components of this resolution that need to remain in focus as you construct your argument. 

1. federal government - This debate is concerning what the federal government can or should do. Keep in mind this gets at the idea of separation of power, local rule, and other issues pertaining to the structure of government. 

2. Increase the regulation- How does the federal government currently regulate police? What options are out there? 

3. State and/or local police misconduct - Think highway patrol (usually a state agency), sheriffs, or city police departments.