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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
September 23, 2013
Does just threatening to use a TASER constitute force? Force Science Institute - Destroying Myths & Discovering Cold Facts

Does just threatening to use a TASER constitute force?

Americans for Effective Law Enforcement (AELE) offers an eight-page roundup of pertinent cases to date and a list of suggested guidelines to help officers, trainers, and administrators with the issue - Full Story
August 23, 2013
Police militarization and the challenge for the courts Joanne Eldridge - The Justice Report

Police militarization and the challenge for the courts

The American legal system is capable of providing independent evaluations of — and crafting remedies for — police excesses and overreaching when those occur - Full Story
August 21, 2013
Legal considerations for cell phone search incident to arrest Val Van Brocklin - Cop Gumbo

Legal considerations for cell phone search incident to arrest

The Supreme Court has not yet addressed this issue, and the lower courts that have are split - Full Story
August 16, 2013
Police militarization and the Third Amendment Lance Eldridge - All Law Enforcement is Local

Police militarization and the Third Amendment

The Third Amendment, with some procedural exceptions, is the one that prohibits the quartering of troops in private homes - Full Story
July 22, 2013
6 common gang legal defense tactics (and how to beat them) Nick Perna - Gang Investigations

6 common gang legal defense tactics (and how to beat them)

In my experience the defense generally attacks expert gang testimony during two phases - Full Story
June 12, 2013
What does the SCOTUS ruling on DNA mean? Leischen Stelter - Education Issues in Public Safety

What does the SCOTUS ruling on DNA mean?

The Supreme Court has ruled that American cops can collect DNA upon arrest, but can backlogged crime labs handle it? - Full Story



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