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Can a city police officer leave the city to pursue someone who commits a traffic offense within city limits?

If I commit a traffic offense in the city and a city cop observes this, and I then leave the city, can the city officer continue the pursuit, or must they terminate the pursuit at the city limits?
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What would happen if qualified immunity is ended across the United States?

There is a growing movement to eliminate qualified immunity for Police officers in the United States. What would happen from a legal perspective if this actually happened? Can officers be personally ...
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What rule, law or principle mandates police to separate those making statements in a police report to prevent adjustments of statements?

Say person A makes a police report, and person B is present to overhear the statement of A. The police knows the fact B overhears the statement of A. A makes false statements (negligent, reckless, ...
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Is calling emergency service for someone ever mandatory?

Is it ever mandatory to call the police or other emergency service for people? For example, say a friend has suicidal thoughts. Could you ever be breaking the law by not calling the police in such a ...
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What are the actions a resident should take against police remaining, with no warrant, on residential property after being repeatedly asked to leave?

Police shows up on a residence's front door, starts encounter with resident. Resident decides to end consensual encounter, and asks officers to leave. Officer decline to leave and put foot on the door ...
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If I called the police and told them I drove at 56 for a few seconds on a 55 mph road, what would happen?

Suppose I call the police and confess that, while driving on a road with a 55 MPH speed limit, I drove at 56 for a few seconds. They did nothing to prompt it; I just randomly decided to do it (but I ...
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Is it okay to admit to the police that you were speeding? Are there any benefits?

I know the normal advice is "don't say more to the police than you have to," but what if: They tell you they pulled you over for speeding You know you were speeding The officer almost ...
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Does one have the power to order the police to provide them with a public defendant lawyer during a traffic stop, stop-and-frisk, or pretextual stop?

When police stop and search a pedestrian, this is commonly known as a stop and frisk. When police stop an automobile, this is known as a traffic stop. If the police stop a motor vehicle on minor ...
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Are individuals empowered to order the police for a free public attorney to represent them during a Terry Stop or non-arrest interrogation? [duplicate]

Is one allowed to order the police to provide an attorney (6th amendment right) and have the benefit of not being questioned further during a Terry Stop or brief questioning/interrogation where the ...
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Is it legal to film a police officer while inside of a police vehicle and officers/ detainees only section of a police station if one were arrested?

Is it legal to film a police officer inside of a vehicle and officers/ detainees only section of a police station if one were arrested? TLDR: are police vehicles and the inside of a police station ...
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Flashing the emergency lights at a vehicle to dim the headlights

OK, let me give you the facts. First, my dad's 2005 Toyota Camry has very low low beams. You simply cannot see with the low beams in all situations. The night in question I was driving my dad's car ...
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What are the limits of "Fresh Pursuit?"

Generally speaking, state and municipal police are permitted to exercise their arrest power outside the geography of their jurisdiction, so long as they are in "fresh pursuit" of the suspect ...
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What's the difference between a police report and a signed complaint? (in US/IL/CA) (apropos Highland Park mass shooting)

I'm listening to today's "Democracy Now" (6July2022) and apropos the Highland Park mass shooting, it shows a spokesman for the sheriff's office stating: [The shooter] said he was going to ...
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Is it permitted to use electric amplification in political demonstrations outside of the parliament Square estate area as of 2022?

There was a lot of talk from critics of the new policing bill saying that it would prohibit megaphones in protests, but it seems like the relevant provisions may actually just be extremely narrowly ...
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Why did Steve Bray have his sound system seized?

What was the legal basis for this? And what is the legal status is amplification systems used for political demonstration in England now? https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/jun/28/police-swoop-...
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Are on-duty officers allowed to lie about their identity?

This is a follow-up to this question. In it, I talk about how I see it as problematic that the identities of LEOs investigating an active case can be publicized. If that case concerns a serial killer, ...
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Police voluntarily given a boat for pursuit: risks to owner?

In a number of videos (example), recently in Florida there was an on-going theft of a jet-ski. The police approached a boat owner who had just launched his boat for the day and asked if he would be ...
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What are the possible criminal sanctions for assault? [closed]

If an incident of assault is investigated by the police, what are the possible recourses that can be taken to sanction the individual in cases where the victim suffered no physical injuries? Also, ...
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What is the time limit for reporting an incident of criminal assault to the police for which you possess video evidence?

Suppose Bob assaults Alice by punching and kicking her, as well as surrounding her with a bunch of colleagues with her back against a wall because she voiced political viewpoints which Bob and his ...
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What are the legal restrictions on police Taser use?

Looking online it is hard to find the specific rules for Taser use by the police. I have found this from the National Police Chiefs' Concil: Why use [Conducted Energy Devices (CED)] at all? CEDs ...
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Can police actually commandeer a vehicle from a citizen for pursuit?

One sees it in films and tv all the time... Officer: "He's getting away! Sir, I'm commandeering this vehicle. Please get out!" Is this actually feasible? Is a private citizen required to ...
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Is it true that a teacher can't engage/attack a shooter from behind during a school shooting that is in progress?

I have a cousin who is a teacher and a few years ago we had a long discussion about school shootings and part of this discussion was about what teachers can and cannot do during a school shooting that ...
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Can a court uphold a traffic ticket for speeding in school zone if the sign was blocked by a truck and not possible to be seen?

I was given a ticket for speeding in a school zone. I was unaware that there was a school zone because as I was traveling in the left lane there was a rolling road block of several trucks that were ...
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When does an officer's discretion end, and where does an officer's duty begin?

User6726's answer to this question seemed to imply that an officer's discretion was endless; that no matter what the situation, they could always decide not to intervene. That seems highly unlikely to ...
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Is paying a police officer to do something legal (something that is in theory part of his/her job, but isn't being done) illegal?

Let's say you live in a house and have a neighbor who is a nuisance. The neighbor does various illegal things on a regular basis (car is extremely noisy above and beyond what is allowed in the law, ...
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Legality of "counter-blackmailing" with calling/reporting to the police

Is there an exemption to the illegality of blackmailing if that blackmailing is of the sort "if you don't stop blackmailing me, I will call the police"? Why am I asking this exactly? A more ...
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If someone is busking on a corner and a drug crazed preacher comes along ranting about gospel in slurred speech is there any offence?

Suppose the preacher cones along and asks the busker how long they'll be there for to which he replies 6pm, when the preacher then says that he'll also leave at six but then goes up to the next ...
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Can I get reimbursed if police shot the window of my car during a standoff?

My car was parked in the parking lot of a large chain grocery store, upon returning to my car I found the police in a standoff with a suspect with my vehicle right at the center. I asked if I could ...
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Will police help me if I my motorcycle is stolen but has an active tracker that is transmitting information in Canada?

So, I got a new motorcycle, and it is natural for me to wonder about its security. Since I would be moving back to US in about 1 year, I am planning on not getting insurance. That being said, I am ...
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Are you required to open the window if the police stop your car?

It is in the news that a fake police car stopped someone while driving, and when they opened their window they were assaulted as part of an attempted car jacking. I have been stopped by the police, ...
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Was Derek Chauvin protected by Castle Rock v. Gonzales, 545 U.S. 748 (2005)?

(1) Was Derek Chauvin protected by Castle Rock v. Gonzales, 545 U.S. 748 (2005)1? (2) If Chauvin had not touched Floyd at all, would Chauvin be protected by Castle Rock v. Gonzales? Meaning no attempt ...
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How to legally deal with British police officers?

How can I legally deal with British police officers if they suspect the following: I am carrying a weapon I match the profile of someone they're looking for. I understand that if I'm not carrying a ...
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What provisions are there to broaden the usage of the “vulnerable adult” concept as in the PACE Act 1984 to other legal contexts?

The concept of a vulnerable adult as someone meriting equivalent treatment as children/minors seems to have pervaded British policy and legal parlance. For example, most of the clarifying materials to ...
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If one requests bodycam footage of a police encounter involving another person, would they be notified of the request?

If party A calls the police on party B and they attend, then party B is entitled to request the bodycam footage of the encounter under the GDPR. If party B performs such a request, and party A appears ...
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How can one reliably find out if there is an open UK arrest warrant or inquiry about them, without visiting a police station? Can police lie about it?

101 is the united-kingdom's non-emergency police phone number. Would they ever lead you to believe when asking outright on the phone whether you have any warrants or circulations that all is well when ...
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What is the difference, if any at all, between having a warrant for your arrest and being circulated as wanted in the UK?

What does it mean to have a warrant out for one's arrest? How must a warrant be issued? What institutions within society are able to issue a warrant? What does it mean to be circulated to police ...
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Why is there a "X-second buffer" on bodycams?

I've seen numerous bodycam videos. They frequently mention that "there is no audio for the first 30 seconds" (sometimes different number of seconds), so the video is muted initially. What is ...
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Will an arrest without charge in England affect a DBS check?

Suppose someone was arrested last year following harassment allegations made by their former partner, but was not charged. Would this be revealed on a DBS check if they were to apply for a teaching ...
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Legality of police bringing firearms into federal post office

Is it legal for all police officers in the United States to carry firearms into post offices, which fall within the jurisdiction of the federal government, when called by post office employees?
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Can you refuse to vacate your car when police gives you an order to do so?

Are you legally required to leave your car when a police officer tells you to do so? If you ask police if you are under arrest and they say no then I dont see a reason why you should? Maybe if they ...
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Does Policing By Consent Have Force of Law

The UK has the principal of "policing by consent". This has become particularly relevant recently as The Metropolitan Police have become embroiled in multiple corruption scandals. So my ...
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On what grounds is it not considered a crime when the police try to intimidate someone into (falsely) telling them what they want to hear?

Clarification: I'm using words like "coercion" somewhat lightly (basically any kind of intimidation, including just verbal), and the emphasis of this question is more on the fact that the ...
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In the UK, does a person have the right to refuse a police "Stop and Search"

UK Police's stop and search powers have been talked about a lot in the news in recent months. I would like to know if an individual has the right to refuse a stop and search by police in the UK.
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What right of self defence do you have against a police dog?

It is in the news that an Uber driver was mauled by a police dog despite not initiating violence or attempting to avoid arrest. He has suffered life changing injuries. It seems the self defense ...
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Are citizen-recorded videos catalogued as evidence by the police exempt from public records requests?

Presuming videos recorded in public, are such videos generally open to public inspection? If not, are such videos open to public inspection in non-criminal proceedings, for e.g. in traffic ...
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Can you film the police while they search your premises?

If the police search your house with a warrant can you film them to ensure they keep to the letter of the warrant?
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Could an undercover police officer sign a contract?

Could an undercover police officer sign a contract as part of an investigation (for example, to gain access to a location)? If they signed it using their real name, would the contract be binding on ...
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Almost stabbed to death, what tools do the detective squad have to catch this guy?

I was attacked a few days ago and was almost stabbed to death. The suspect got away, as the first squad car came. Fueled by adrenaline, I sprinted towards the first squad car to get their attention ...
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Can a policeman be charged with "not arresting someone who should have been arrested"?

Background False arrest, false imprisonment and the like are crimes that do exist. But is the opposite also true? That is, can a law enforcement officer be charged with not arresting who should have ...
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Is the plot of Fatal Attraction legally accurate?

Fatal Attraction is a 1987 film. The part of the plot I'm interested in is: Daniel "Dan" Gallagher is a successful, happily-married Manhattan lawyer whose work leads him to meet Alexandra &...
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