What are the pros and cons of public order versus individual rights? 2 Answers as of January 20, 2012

In the debate, what are the pros and cons of public order versus individual rights?

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Generally, law enforcement in a free society involves a struggle, or conflict, between public order and individual rights, or liberty. On the one hand, as to order, we all want security in our homes and property against theft or harm. Also, we want to the police to be able to do their jobs without unduly restricting their ability to do so. But on the other hand, as to individual rights, it is vital that, in a free society, citizens have a right to be secure in their homes from unwarranted police intrusion. Also, the police should not be allowed to unfairly coerce a citizen to incriminate himself or herself. Our Constitution, in the Bill of Rights, attempts to strike a fair balance between these competing interests.
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Replied: 1/20/2012
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