Chapter 5: Procedural Fairness

In this chapter, we examine the legal landscape of policing and discuss the protections afforded the public by the Constitution, and what citizens can do about it when those rights are violated.


  • Stop and Frisk
  • Towards a Better Way
  • Remedies
  • Qualified Immunity
  • Consent Decrees
  • Nighttime and No-Knock Warrants
  • Thinking Outside the Police Box

References and Further Reading

  • Hawdon, J. E., Ryan, J., & Griffin, S. P. (2003). Policing Tactics and Perceptions of Police Legitimacy. Police Quarterly, 6(4), 469–491.

For a better understanding of the Supreme Court cases that define police procedure, see my OER text Fundamental Cases in Procedural Law [free on this site].  If you prefer printed books, you can buy a copy using the link below:

For a deeper understanding of the law of police procedure that circumscribes the police powers of search, seizure, and arrest, see my book Fundamental Cases on the Fourth Amendment [free on this site].  If you prefer the printed book, you can buy it using the link below:

For a deeper understanding of Procedural Law overall, you may want to check out the DRAFT version of my OER text Fundamentals of Procedural Law [Fee on this site]

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