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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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July 02, 2012
Video evidence: Conflict and controversy Capt. Greg Meyer (ret.) - Less Lethal Issues in Law Enforcement

Video evidence: Conflict and controversy

Dash-cams. TASER-cams. Pocket-cams. Jail-cams. Sally-port-cams. Cell-phone videos. Security videos. TV... - Full Story
June 22, 2012
Strip search ruling: Court verdict explained Joanne Eldridge - The Justice Report

Strip search ruling: Court verdict explained

In addition to detecting contraband, close visual inspections of detainees before their admission permit the identification of any communicable diseases as well as gang affiliations - Full Story
June 11, 2012
Courts side with ACLU on videotaping police Ken Wallentine - Law Enforcement and the Law

Courts side with ACLU on videotaping police

Court rules that police cannot stop audio-video recording of officers on duty - Full Story
June 08, 2012
US Supreme Court examines scope of governmental immunity Terrence P. Dwyer, Esq. - Police Liability and Litigation

US Supreme Court examines scope of governmental immunity

Law enforcement officers who testify at grand jury are now protected by absolute immunity, a protection already afforded to prosecutors and judges - Full Story
June 04, 2012
K-9 supervisory liability under federal law K-9 Trainers - Police K-9 Magazine

K-9 supervisory liability under federal law

A chronic failure to train and to document supervisory monitoring of training is likely to land handlers, supervisors, and the municipality in court - Full Story
May 31, 2012
Website gives free up-to-the-minute reports on ECW court rulings Charles Remsberg - 10-8: Life on the Line

Website gives free up-to-the-minute reports on ECW court rulings

The new online resource is a rich source of ideas for training scenarios, roll call refreshers, and classroom discussions - Full Story
May 30, 2012
Use of force: Downfalls of the continuum model Ed Flosi - Taking Training to the Next Level

Use of force: Downfalls of the continuum model

Because it's impossible for any continuum model to provide for an entire set of circumstances in each very unique situation, a "force options" model is the optimal policy alternative - Full Story
May 28, 2012
Understanding USERRA: Cops in our armed forces still face discrimination at home Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor in Chief - 10-43: Be Advised...

Understanding USERRA: Cops in our armed forces still face discrimination at home

This Memorial Day, let's remember our LE heroes killed in wars overseas, and resolve to help cops returning from battle who must fight to right a variety of departmental wrongs - Full Story
May 18, 2012
The ACLU, ECDs, and the erosion of police discretion? Lance Eldridge - All Law Enforcement is Local

The ACLU, ECDs, and the erosion of police discretion?

Unlike officers who face the volatile realities of life, the ACLU-s safely-ensconced lawyers would rather evaluate TASER use by a less-encumbered and more academic criteria - Full Story
April 23, 2012
K-9 Legal update: Arson dogs in criminal cases K-9 Trainers - Police K-9 Magazine

K-9 Legal update: Arson dogs in criminal cases

This column reports on the latest federal cases affecting law-enforcement K-9s and handlers - Full Story



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Legal Columnists

10-43: Be Advised... 10-43: Be Advised...
with Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor in Chief
10-8: Life on the Line 10-8: Life on the Line
with Charles Remsberg