Prior to beginning work on this interactive assignment, read Chapter 5 and review Chapter 8 (assigned in Week Four) in your textbook. In addition, watch the following video segment: Importance of Taking Media Seriously (Links to an external site.) below. You must also research two additional professional and/or scholarly resources on the media covering issues common to law enforcement or corrections to support your work. (Access the MSCJ Professional Sources guide (Links to an external site.) for assistance with finding appropriate resources.)
For this assignment, you will take on the role of the leader in the scenario Preview the documentyou chose for your Intervention Plan in Week Two. As the leader of the organization after experiencing the damaging events that took place within your chosen scenario, you believe a new community event will help to heal some of the damages and improve community ties. In your leadership role, you will create a community event (keeping in mind the events that took place within your scenario) and develop a Press Release for announcing the details of the event to the community.
Create your press release in a separate document including the following elements.
Create letterhead for the organization in chosen scenario.
Include all of the required items listed in the News 8.1: Formatting a Press Release section in your textbook
Attach your completed Press Release document to your initial post. In the body of your initial post evaluate the effects of this communication on agency operations and in improving community relations.
Week 2 scenario:
Freddie Gray – On April 12, 2015, Freddie Carlos Gray, Jr., a 25-year-old African-American man, was
arrested by the Baltimore Police Department for possessing what the police alleged was an illegal
switchblade. While being transported in a police van, Gray fell into a coma and was taken to a trauma
center. Gray died on April 19, 2015; his death was ascribed to injuries to his spinal cord. On April 21,
2015, pending an investigation of the incident, six Baltimore police officers were temporarily suspended
with pay. On May 1, 2015, the Baltimore City State’s Attorney, Marilyn Mosby, announced her office
filed charges against six police officers after they received a medical examiner’s report that ruled Gray’s
death a homicide. On May 21, 2015, a grand jury indicted the officers on most of the original charges
filed by Mosby with the exception of the charges of illegal imprisonment and false arrest, and added
charges of reckless endangerment to all the officers involved. Gray’s death resulted in an ongoing series
of protests and civil disorder. A major protest in downtown Baltimore on April 25, 2015, turned violent,
resulting in 34 arrests and injuries to 15 police officers. After Gray’s funeral on April 27, 2015, civil
unrest intensified with looting and burning of local businesses and a CVS drug store, culminating with a
state of emergency declaration by Governor Lawrence Hogan, Maryland National Guard deployment to
Baltimore, and the establishment of a curfew. On May 3, 2015, the National Guard started withdrawing
from Baltimore, and the nighttime curfew on the city was lifted.
Resources for the Freddie Gray scenario
• Aljazeera America. (2015, April 27). Violent clashes flare in Baltimore after Freddie Gray
funeral. Retrieved from http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/4/27/freddie-gray-protestsviolence-police.html
• Baltimore Police Department and Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Mayor. (2014). Baltimore police
department. Retrieved from https://www.baltimorepolice.org/
• Barajas, J. (2015, May 1). Freddie Gray’s death ruled a homicide. PBS. Retrieved from
• Gordon, K. and Sweigard, P. (2015, May 3). Latest updates on Baltimore unrest and Freddie Gray
case. The Sun. Retrieved from
• Hogan, L. J., Governor. (2015, April). Executive order, Declaration of emergency. Retrieved
Allen, J. M., & Sawhney, R. (2015). Administration and management in criminal justice: A service quality approach (2nd ed.). Retrieved from https://www.vitalsource.com
Chapter 5: Conflict, Power, and Ethical Issues
Henriksen, B. H. & Lassenius, F. (Writers, Directors, and Producers). (2004). Importance of taking media seriously (Links to an external site.)[Video file]. In Utilizing the media: The Mind of a leader 2. Retrieved from https://secure.films.com/OnDemandEmbed.aspx?token=48952&aid=18596&loid=150011&plt=FOD&w=560&h=315&fWidth=580&fHeight=365
The full version of this video is available through the Films on Demand database in the Ashford University Library. This video segment will be used for the press release interactive assignment this week.
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