Hello from Mason, Ohio! I am a member of the product team at Cengage. We are currently exploring ways that we can bring criminal justice to life through current events and newsfeeds. One local story here in the Cincinnati area that is garnering national media attention is the case of Officer Ray Tensing, who was charged with murder and voluntary manslaughter of Sam DuBose during a traffic stop. Local urban schools and businesses even closed early on the final day of the trial, in anticipation of results. Local government officials feared that riots would erupt as they did here in 2001. Jurors could not reach a unanimous result, and a new trial is scheduled.
Given the complexity of these news stories – dramatic incidents that affect us deeply and personally – I am wondering how instructors even begin unpack them in the classroom.
How do you approach these stories with your students?
How do you ensure students are seeking and hearing all sides of the story to reach their own educated conclusion?