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Unit 4: Stop-and-Frisk: Fourth Amendment Violation or Necessary for Public Safety?



Some controversies arise when our shared values and principles conflict with one another. Police “stop-and-frisk” policy is one such issue. In stop-and-frisk, police officers stop, question, and conduct a pat-down search of pedestrians or occupants of cars. This unit will allow students the opportunity to explore and evaluate this issue through a variety of nonfiction sources, evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of the authors’ arguments. The focus of this unit is on the close reading of texts, and on building and supporting an argument.

Unit Questions

  • How should we resolve claims that certain police practices violate the principle of equality before the law?
  • Is stop-and-frisk necessary to public safety?
  • When does a police practice amount to a violation of the Fourth Amendment

Unit Materials

Teacher Overview

Lesson 1: Stop-and-frisk Overview

Lesson 2: Analysis of Court Opinion

Lesson 3: Stop-and-frisk Evaluating the Positions

Lesson 4: Stop-and-frisk Debate