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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
June 10, 2013
New tech at the center of U.S. v. Rigmaiden case Tim Dees - Police Tech & Gear

New tech at the center of U.S. v. Rigmaiden case

A federal court opinion illustrates why police need to educate judges on new technology - Full Story
May 29, 2013
Help deny parole to Ore. cop-killer Sidney Porter Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor in Chief - 10-43: Be Advised...

Help deny parole to Ore. cop-killer Sidney Porter

Sidney Dean Porter viciously murdered Officer Frank Ward of the John Day (Ore.) PD in 1992... and he may go free on June 7 - Full Story



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