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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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Calif. police win civil-rights case involving traffic stop

Michael Fujikawa sued the city, claiming his arrest was payback for refusing to put his hands on the dashboard and mouthing off to an officer - Full Story

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Seattle chief reverses finding on use of force case

Interim Chief Harry Bailey has reversed a finding that an officer used excessive force when he stepped on the head of a handcuffed man in 2010.

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Seattle chief reverses finding on use of force case

Seattle chief reverses finding on use of force case

Interim Chief Harry Bailey has reversed a finding that an officer used excessive force when he stepped on the head of a handcuffed man in 2010 - Full Story

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Calif. court: Police must ID officers in on-duty shootings

Police agencies must reveal the names of officers involved in on-duty shootings unless there is specific evidence that disclosure would pose a safety threat - Full Story

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No charges filed in blue-on-blue death of SF transit officer

No charges filed in blue-on-blue death of SF transit officer

Bay Area Rapid Transit Detective Michael Maes shot BART police Sgt. Tom Smith on Jan. 21 as the two searched an apartment - Full Story

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6 Cleveland police officers charged in fatal '12 pursuit

6 Cleveland police officers charged in fatal '12 pursuit

Prosecutor Tim McGinty argued that the incident escalated when police continued to fire after the threat to public safety was over - Full Story

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Police: Driver intentionally hit NY trooper, charged with murder

Police: Driver intentionally hit NY trooper, charged with murder

Almond Upton admitted to police that he deliberately swerved his pickup truck from the left passing lane to the right shoulder to hit Trooper Christopher Skinner - Full Story

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11 tips for cops at the scene of a self-defense shooting PoliceOne Special Contributors - P1 First Person

11 tips for cops at the scene of a self-defense shooting

Attorney Andrew Branca specializes in self-defense law, and has advice for cops responding to a potential self-defense shooting - Full Story

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Critics pounce as Chicago mayor offers strict gun store law

Forced by court order to allow long-banned gun stores to open in Chicago, mayor has introduced law that is so strict critics say it is little more than a continuation of the city's longtime ban - Full Story

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UCSB rampage shows gaps in mental health law

UCSB rampage shows gaps in mental health law

Shootings has tragically exposed the limitations of involuntary-commitment laws that allow authorities to temporarily confine people - Full Story



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