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Questions tagged [police]

Use this for questions about interaction with law enforcement, as well as their procedures and regulations.

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In which countries can police fingerprint records be destroyed on suspect's demand?

Apparently in Canada: Your fingerprints and photos will be kept as police records. If you're not convicted of the offence, you can ask the police to destroy your fingerprint records and photos. ...
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A police officer finds new evidence before a retrial, who should they give it to?

Scene: Someone committed a murder. Lots of false evidence led an innocent man to be found guilty at his last jury trial. But, a few minutes before starting the new trial, a police officer finds true ...
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Is it a crime to shoot a kidnapper who is in the process of kidnapping your child?

If someone was in the process of kidnapping your baby and you were chasing after that person, if you have a gun on you and you use it to shoot that person and then that person dies, would you be ...
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Is this proper use of a FOIA request?

Assume someone wants to rent a townhouse but doesn't have good enough credit. So this person asks a co-signer to co-sign for the townhouse. The co-signer lives across the country so travel to the ...
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What are your legal responsibilities after the police have been called?

I was placed in an awkward situation recently where our neighbor called the cops on us. For reference sake, he was calling regarding a suspected domestic disturbance which occurred in the home behind ...
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Don't talk to the police in Germany

For reference: There is the well-known argument, especially in the U.S., that you should not talk to the police, like here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-7o9xYp7eE in one of the extremest forms. ...
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Can a police officer ban a person from a public park?

Can a Utah police officer ban a person from a public park even if the person is only suspected of breaking the Law?
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how to establish causation and intent?

In a scenario where something analogous to, but probably not exactly, the Mosquito alarm has been used, and that usage has resulted in hearing problems, how, generally, would a private prosecution ...
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Are plain clothes police officers allowed to use force to make an arrest?

Disclaimer: I'm not related to this case in any way shape or form, I'm just a citizen trying to look at this without bias. Recently there was an issue in Massachusettes where a group of skaters were ...
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What happens if a sheriff department ignores a writ from a judge?

If a judge issues a writ to a sheriff department to arrest or evict someone and the sheriff department refuses to take action, what happens? Is it criminal for them to intentionally ignore a writ?
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Can a judge give a direct order to a police officer?

I'm a layperson. I have seen judges tell police officers to take an action (ex.evict someone or handcuff a defendant). Are police officers required to follow instructions from judges? I've always ...
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Harassment report from a non-US citizen outside the USA

A friend of mine, who isn't a US citizen and lives in another country, is being harassed by someone in the US. Can she file a harassment report even though she isn't in the US?
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Police stop & search in the uk

in the UK when being dealt with by the police fr whatever reason, are you entitled to film the process and can the officers threaten to seize the phone to use as evidence
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Evil mother filed missing person report after kicking out adult daughter. Any way to dismiss it?

Alright, so my girlfriend and I were planning to move in together sometime next month. We've been in a long distance relationship for over 2 years and have never met in person until now. She was in ...
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What monetary award can be received when a bureau is negligent to punishing their officers?

Overview: My partner has been going through a very drawn-out battle against the Portland police, mainly in regards to a single police officer. This officer had used various police resources and ...
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Is my record still clean?

Imagine this hypothetical: I was in fight with a male relative and I hit him on the back in front of officer, (who came because the neighbor was reported for screaming). The officer grabbed my arm, ...
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Under English law is it permissable to be arrested for one thing but charged with another?

I saw a high profile case where this happened today and wondered about it. I understand there probably will (and probably should) be some leeway in this, but if one was arrested for breach of the ...
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Does a citizen have to open the door to UK police if they do not give a reason?

I just watched a video of English police talking to a lady through her door. She refused to open up unless they told her why they were there. The police refused and told her to open up or they would ...
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Trying to ecape a hostage situation that is under police control

I'm currently watching "la Casa de Papel" a.k.a. "Money Heist", which is a series taking place in a hostage situation. There are a lot of things happening, of course, but there were two incidents that ...
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What are the 5th Amendment Rights of Minor Students with respect to School Resource Officers?

I am wondering how to teach my children what Professor James Duane of Regent University advises: Don't Talk to the Police. Then I considered that in reaction to school shootings, my local school ...
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Is it justifiable to disarm a policeman who is tasing an unhealthy person?

Is a citizen justified in disarming a policeman who is applying a taser to a suspect who committed a misdemeanor, but who is at an elevated risk of dying due to health conditions of which the police ...
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Is “No, I got your IDs” a valid reason to hold individuals during a voluntary stop?

Last Friday night me and some friends were in the process of exiting a park (walking, not driving) in our neighborhood (in North Carolina). We were stopped and questioned by a cop. We (not quite ...
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Legality regarding PCSO's using speed camera

In the United Kingdom we have Police Community Support Officers (pcso's) and then proper policemen/policewomen. Recently a friend of mine got caught doing 34mph in a 30mph zone by a pcso on his own ...
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Must you stop walking if a police officer wants to talk to you?

I know a person has a right to silence and not to answer an officers questions. But can the officer keep trying to talk to you to prevent you from carrying on your way? Yesterday a police car pulled ...
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Can a doctor/nurse legally force me to take a drug test?

I am in California, and had an appointment today to establish care with my new doctor. The nurse checking me in noticed my high blood pressure and sores on my face from psoriasis, both conditions ...
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Can a deaf person flee the police under a claim that the cop failed to detain them in an understandable manner?

It has already been stated that it is legal to flee the police, even if they approach you, so long as they have not attempted to detain you: Is it illegal to run away from a police officer in a way ...
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What investigatory procedures and decisions are there for a tourist death in Poland?

A friend of my girlfriend (from Ukraine) visited Poland. Unfortunately for him, he got killed. I do not know much further details. Parents claimed that it was due to external trauma (e.g. another guy ...
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Was the officer assigned to Parkland school legally obligated to intervene?

This question is related to Are police legally required to stop a crime they see being committed?, but IMHO there is a twist. Although SCOTUS decided multiple times, as in Town of Castle Rock v. ...
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Can police access data from a fitbit without a warrant

Question: Can local law enforcement officers demand and then access data/information from a fitbit device without a warrant? The hypothetical here is that while being held and possibly prior to any ...
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Is it illegal to purposely arouse police suspicion?

I ask this strictly as research for a work of fiction A person purposely acts in a manner to attract police attention and arrest as a form of protest. The goal is to inspire an arrest or use of force ...
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Can I call the police in a non-emergency but sticky situation?

A friend of mine recently posted about the following situation: Alice is on public transport when she is approached by Bob, who asks her unwanted questions (e.g. where do you live, do you want to go ...
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Can police officers practice law like lawyers (defence attorney, prosecution) and judges?

I was reading an old NYT Article, and it suggested that there is value in that police officers who are cross-trained as lawyers. Although rare, the article suggested that most who go through this ...
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Can I refuse to provide information when a police officer asks about my mental health?

The studies aren't conclusive but some seem to suggest those with mental health diagnoses tend to be treated differently by police officers. For example, Watson, Corrigan Ottti report that ...
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Police and failure to enter home of suicidal person

An individual with a known mental health/substance abuse history was held in protective custody on a given night due to heavy drinking and unsafe behavior. That individual was released from custody ...
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Can a police officer report to a psychiatrist?

In the United States, a psychiatrist calls a police officer under Tarasoff to report a possible danger. The police officer speaks with the potentially dangerous person and the dangerous person's ...
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Constitutionality of neighborhood lockdowns and road blocks

Increasingly police in the United States have resorted to "locking down" buildings, blocks and even entire neighborhoods. For example, recently police in Baltimore reacted to a cop getting shot by ...
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Expired concealed weapons license in Florida

Lets say someone is walking to the gas station and they're armed with a concealed firearm. They have thier concealed weapons licence. A police officer decide to do a terry stop. In the process of ...
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Forced to present ID to Police in the United States

You are walking down the sidewalk or any publicly accessible location where you are allowed to walk freely. As you are doing this, you begin to take pictures and/or video. It happens to be near some ...
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Am I legally obligated to return a lost iPhone I found? [duplicate]

The other day while biking, I found an iPhone laying on the side of the road. I picked it up, and brought it home with me. I didn't think of it much at the time because I had work to do, and I had to ...
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Are police legally required to stop a crime they see being committed?

Say that a police officer walks down an alleyway and very clearly sees a crime being committed; say a mugging or a rape. Is the officer legally obligated to try to stop the crime? By “legally required”...
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Is it illegal to own DNA?

Is there a law against owning someone else's DNA without their consent/knowledge ? I've googled it but I'm a bit confused. It says here that in California the police can compile a database of DNA ...
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France: Is it illegal to take videos of the police?

While in France, I was taking video of a police operation (they were evicting some squatters in caravans from a field, about 50 of them). One of the police officers quickly approached me and asked me ...
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When can a civilian refuse to assist a police officer?

Situation: recently, I was asked to open a locked apartment building (inside are tenant's apartments) by a police officer. I was standing outside of my apartment next door. I do have a key for that ...
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Cop arrests nurse despite fully knowing that she had done nothing wrong. Will a personal lawsuit against the cop be likely to win?

Officer Jeff Payne put Alex Wubbels a hospital nurse under arrest even though it was ever so blatant that she had done nothing wrong. Will suing this cop personally be likely to succeed? I've read ...
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Do police have a more extensive file on a person than can be obtained from the DMV?

Do police have a more extensive driving/traffic file on me than I can obtain from the DMV? I just called the DMV headquarters in Oregon, my state of residence. After I answered two simple security ...
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Verifying LEO status online

Is it possible to verify (online) if a Florida neighbor is an active Law enforcement officer? Is there a single agency in which all Florida LEO must register? The neighbor claims to be a law ...
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What protects civilians from police corruption and lying if there isn't any video evidence?

Can't a police officer arrest someone on the street for anything and just lie about what happened? For example, there are some drugs found near someone walking down the street. An officer just ...
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Resisting a cop's attempted murder of a citizen [duplicate]

If a cop is committing the crime of murder against an innocent citizen does a bystander ever have a right to resist? If the citizen is wrongfully murdered, can that crime only be determined after the ...
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Do I have the right to terminate a lease without penalty because I was a victim of domestic assault, and the assaulter is also on the lease?

OK ... so here's the deal. 5 months ago my girlfriend (now ex-girlfriend) and I signed a 1 year lease to rent a house in Arizona with another couple that she has known for many years. The main ...
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Can a cop give a ticket if he's going the other direction?

Recently a high shool friend of mine got nailed with a $450 speeding ticket on a back country road. He'll also have to get pay for the class to get 3 (not sure, might be 4) which is 4 hours on two ...