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From the Supreme Court on down to the county courthouse, police law and decisions affecting law enforcement change on a daily basis. The Legal topic page on PoliceOne is a must-read for any officer, at any agency, who wants to stay up-to-date on the latest news. Every trial, verdict, and court decision that has to do with cops will be covered on this page, which also features expert analysis.
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March 19, 2014
Why SCOTUS won't issue a sweeping police cell phone search decision Val Van Brocklin - Cop Gumbo

Why SCOTUS won't issue a sweeping police cell phone search decision

What’s reasonable and unreasonable when it comes to cell phone searches and privacy is often the sticky wicket cops find themselves in — enter the Supreme Court - Full Story
March 19, 2014
19 states that have upheld police cell phone searches (and 6 that haven't) Val Van Brocklin - Cop Gumbo

19 states that have upheld police cell phone searches (and 6 that haven't)

Next month, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in two cases involving and affecting cell phone searches... - Full Story
February 28, 2014
Why SCOTUS' 'qualified immunity' decision is huge for cops Joanne Eldridge - The Justice Report

Why SCOTUS' 'qualified immunity' decision is huge for cops

At issue is whether the actions of the police shooting at the vehicle as it attempted to escape constituted excessive force in violation of the Fourth Amendment - Full Story
February 26, 2014
Why you should care about NY court's ruling on police deception Val Van Brocklin - Cop Gumbo

Why you should care about NY court's ruling on police deception

If courts across the land can’t agree, how is the average cop supposed to know what’s okay? - Full Story
February 26, 2014
Case law on police deception Val Van Brocklin - Cop Gumbo

Case law on police deception

In some ways, the law is unclear on what police deception is legal (or not). However, despite the conflicting... - Full Story
February 21, 2014
Watching the Peruta case? Watch the hands instead! Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor in Chief - 10-43: Be Advised...

Watching the Peruta case? Watch the hands instead!

No matter where you stand on Heller, Peruta, or any other relevant ruling on the Second Amendment, it’s imperative that you be mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually ready for whatever you face on the streets - Full Story
February 21, 2014
The Constitution and the cop: Case law and the American home Terrence P. Dwyer, Esq. - Police Liability and Litigation

The Constitution and the cop: Case law and the American home

While the home is still sacred constitutional ground — a threshold not to be trespassed upon by the government without a warrant supported by probable cause — exceptions do exist - Full Story
January 27, 2014
Tactics and science of TASER deployment Capt. Greg Meyer (ret.) - Less Lethal Issues in Law Enforcement

Tactics and science of TASER deployment

When and how to use your ECD is determined by factual context — but heart effects might be fiction - Full Story
January 06, 2014
Does TASER deployment on a subject cause ‘mental impairment’ with legal ramifications? Force Science Institute - Destroying Myths & Discovering Cold Facts

Does TASER deployment on a subject cause ‘mental impairment’ with legal ramifications?

Prosecutors and police attorneys may find a new study useful in countering the assertion that a TASER “ride” messes with the mind to a unique and significant degree - Full Story
January 03, 2014
Are we slouching toward legalized marijuana? Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor in Chief - 10-43: Be Advised...

Are we slouching toward legalized marijuana?

Retail sale of “recreational pot” officially began this week in Colorado — does this mark the beginning of an inevitable slide toward legal marijuana from coast to coast across the United States? - Full Story



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