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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
December 27, 2013
2013 in Review: SCOTUS decisions, from dogs to Katz Terrence P. Dwyer, Esq. - Police Liability and Litigation

2013 in Review: SCOTUS decisions, from dogs to Katz

The U.S. Supreme Court’s continuing protection of property rights in 2013 - Full Story
November 27, 2013
3 things to expect from your lawyer in a deadly-force civil suit Charles Remsberg - 10-8: Life on the Line

3 things to expect from your lawyer in a deadly-force civil suit

Police lawyer Lance LoRusso explains in his book When Cops Kill: The Aftermath of a Critical Incident that you should expect access, communication, and advice from your attorney - Full Story
October 30, 2013
Halloween, toy guns, and officer safety Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor in Chief - 10-43: Be Advised...

Halloween, toy guns, and officer safety

In the wake of the incident last week in Santa Rosa (Calif.) that left a 13-year-old boy fatally shot, we should again discuss the interwoven issues of Halloween, toy guns, and officer safety - Full Story
October 23, 2013
10 tips for when you are served with a use-of-force lawsuit notice Charles Remsberg - 10-8: Life on the Line

10 tips for when you are served with a use-of-force lawsuit notice

Police attorney Lance LoRusso offers a checklist of what to do — and what not to do — when faced with a civil suit - Full Story



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