Questions tagged [police]

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Alternatives to pleading the 5th that also offers protection

I watched a old video (Don't talk to Police) that popped up while looking up information related to cyber forensics and false positives. I gathered the following points: You can't talk your way out ...
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Can the police seize your phone without a warrant UK?

This question relates to the seizure of a mobile phone (cell phone) in the United Kingdom, focusing on England and Wales which has a different system to Scotland. If the police arrest someone over a ...
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Can you get into trouble for not answering questions when talking to the police? [closed]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWUx3-b0F_Y Can you get into trouble for not answering questions when talking to the police? Or is this a legit cheat code that can get you out of trouble? Which one is ...
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Can cops cut airbags out of a car before anyone gets to see it?

About three years ago, a friend of mine was involved in an accident with a fatality. Now he finds out on his last report that the police “cut” the airbags out of the car to bring them as evidence. My ...
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Can I avoid telling the police my password by regenerating my key each time?

Under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 Part III Section 49 the police can, with a certain procedure, require one to provide a key with threat of custodial sentence up to 2.5 years if ...
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What are my options after a road rage incident?

I was in an incident today where a driver cut me off and slammed on his brakes to attempt to make me rear end him. After this he got out of his car, yelled at me, told me to come out of mine and fight....
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Law enforcement requesting passwords from companies?

Could UK law enforcement enforce s.49 of RIPA 2000 on a company outside the UK, say Snapchat, Facebook, or Google, in order to retrieve a user's hashed password from their database to log into that ...
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Is the Connecticut local police required to inform suspects of online surveillance?

In the state of Connecticut, must the police department notify a resident that he or she will be, or is, subject of online surveillance, or if mobile data surveillance?
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Is the local police required to notify suspects of online surveillance in the state of Nevada?

Can the local police execute or facilitate online surveillance, or cell data surveillance, without notifying the subject in the state of Nevada?
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Is mere accusation without evidence other than testimony of the accuser, grounds for arrest in the UK?

Several years ago I was stopped in public by the police. Someone had 'identified' me as abusing them in terms of their gender two years before that. Had that happened, I suppose it would have been ...
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Would it be illegal to make a fake police car?

Suppose there were an eccentric millionaire who really wants people to drive safely around her. Could she make a fake police car and drive around in it? She would never pull anyone over or directly ...
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UK: What information are the police legally required to collect when going door-to-door, and why?

A few days ago, a police officer knocked on my door in the evening and asked whether I had noticed any disturbances in my street earlier in the day - he said it was in relation to reports that they'd ...
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Can a policeman have his service weapon on him in a building that does not allow guns?

I am French, so the US regulations about who can hold a gun where are complicated for me, I apologise if the question is obvious in the US. YouTube brought me to a 2019 case (the TV News version and ...
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Under what circumstances are you required to stop and/or answer questions by the police?

After this case of suspected harassment by the police in England in response to refusal to provide a name while walking to catch a train I wondered when you are required to stop, and when you are ...
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Any law that requires you to allow police to photograph you in public?

Lets say you are in public, and the Police approach you. You do not wish to speak to them and want to walk away. They detain you for the purpose of taking a photo of you but you have not committed a ...
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In a non-emergency situation can I refuse to comply with police requests until after they have shown me their ID?

Let's say I have an encounter with a police officer. That officer has asked me to do something I would normally be expected to comply with, such as get out of my car during a traffic stop or to give ...
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Is incriminating evidence in plain sight if a computer mouse had to be bumped to reveal it?

Let's say I have willingly invited the police into my living room. Earlier I had been planning some highly illegal activities on my computer, located in the living room, and thus had incriminating ...
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Can the police ask a minor to bring suspicious evidence outside their house?

Based off of my previous question a young enough child (approximately 13 or younger) can not authorize the police to search their home: In the USA can a child legally authorize a search of a residence ...
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If I accidentally agree for new WhatsApp's terms and conditions, How to revert that?

WhatsApp team updates their policy and it will be from Feb 8. I accidentally agreed with the policy. Later I realized the policy is not good. How can I revert my agreement with the WhatsApp team? We ...
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Can a police car follow you to increase citations and fines?

Let's say you are traveling on city streets. A police cruiser notices you are speeding and starts following you from an inconspicuous distance. During the time he follows you, he sees more violations....
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Can a law enforcement officer temporarily 'grant' his authority to another?

The emergency services dispatch of Small-town, USA receives a call from a citizen near city limits. The citizen placed the call after he drove past a roadkill deer off to the side of the road. It is ...
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Are German Police allowed to ask about private contact information?

This question is based on a story that happened a couple of days ago. Two friends and I were walking outside. Right now, in Germany there are strict regulations about the number of persons and ...
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Are Indian police allowed by law to slap citizens?

I have seen a few instances where the Indian police slap citizens as a fast punishment. Is that explicitly allowed by law, or just tolerated in practice?
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Special treatment for LE family member?

Is preferential treatment illegal? If LE can employ a judgement call into decision making, are there established limits?
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Avoiding a speeding ticket by refusing to tell who the driver was?

This hypothetical question is based on a real incident I saw in the news. Suppose that a car is driving over the speed limit by a significant amount, causing a police car to turn around and go after ...
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Will police arrest the perpetrator if the victim doesn't care about the crime?

Say someone steals from a store. This is recorded and reported by an employee, but the owner doesn't care. Will police only arrest the perpetrator if the victim cares? Is it necessary for the victim ...
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What are the penalties of making false police report in Germany?

my GF & I have discovered recently that our flatmate had made a false police report in Germany while she visited her partner there. In her report she told the police that her bag was stolen while ...
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What damage can police cause during a search?

Consider the following hypothetical: police in California raid a home (with a warrant) to search for drugs. The home in question has a security system in place which includes CCTV cameras. Wanting to ...
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Do all cops in the USA actually wear bodycams now?

I've seen numerous videos of people getting arrested in the USA, both in their cars on the road and at their homes. Apparently, cops wear always-running cameras at all times these days, not just ...
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Is it illegal to carry someone else's ID or credit card?

I was watching a video by RealWorldPolice about a high school student who was arrested for carrying a loaded gun into his school in Seattle, WA. Footage of the entire search, detainment, and arrest of ...
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If you ask a police officer if something is illegal, can they lie?

It's been established that police in the US have pretty broad discretion in terms of being permitted to lie. If you ask an on-duty police officer if something is legal, can they lie about that? I know ...
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Legal term for (novel?) technique — “Use of Force”, “Tactical Language”, or for intel analysts — if some police repeat some info on licence plates? [closed]

TL;Dr: The legal issue may be that there is a need to name the law enforcement issue. Is it called "repeating license plates"? Is there a name for the activity, so normal people can describe ...
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Is it illegal for a police officer to buy lottery tickets?

I work retail and one of my jobs includes upselling lottery tickets. I was told by a police officer (clearly on duty & uniformed) that it was illegal for them to buy one while on duty as it is ...
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How will the “stop and identify” statute work in New Hampshire in this particular hypothetical?

I asked this question before but it was closed. So I will try to be here more specific. I have read the stop and identify statutes wikipedia page. In this page there is written that: In 12 states (...
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How does “stop and identify statutes” work in the US? [duplicate]

I was watching this video. The video is pretty long, but basically it is alleged that a guy keeps harrassing a men that is eating in a restaurant (calling him repeatedly, etc.). The man calls the ...
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What is the legality of Police Union “Get Out of Jail Free Cards”?

Background I recently read an article about donators and friends of police unions being given passes, which allows them to be let off of the hook for small crimes, such as traffic tickets. Questions ...
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Does a victim being asked questions by police need a lawyer?

First, this is not a situation I or anyone I know of is in. It's a hypothetical, and an attempt to clarify common legal advice in the USA like "never talk to the police without a lawyer." ...
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Online crime, subpoena, search, and arrest [closed]

Suppose that someone hacks a website, and suppose that the police find what the hacker's IP address was at the time of hack, and they contact the Internet Service Provider to resolve the IP address to ...
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Is the police obligated to immediately arrest anybody whilst undercover?

Say a police officer is undercover (we'll stick to America). They are trying to find evidence of someone committing a crime? However, the person unknowingly admits to the officer that they plan to ...
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Search of deceased person's residence following fatal incident at work

I am a British writer trying to get law enforcement procedure right in a thriller set in San Diego, CA. (There are numerous plot reasons that prevent me placing this action in e.g. the UK where I am ...
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Has a pedestrian ever been fined for not wearing a mask in California?

California has a statewide mask order. However, I see people violating it all the time: pedestrians getting closer than 6 feet to each other while not wearing masks. (Occasionally, I also see people ...
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Police questioning in Arizona regarding gun possession

Is it possible to legally have a firearm (handgun/rifle/shotgun) in a vehicle that a person is the driver of, and NOT tell the police in Arizona whether they have a firearm or not? According Arizona ...
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Are the police compelled to share a criminals details with the victim?

A quick hypothetical. If I was assaulted and provided video evidence to the authorities which the police used to successfully catch my assailant would the police have to share my assailants details ...
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I was racially abused at a public park. What legal actions can I take?

I was racially abused at a public park. Basically out of no where he called me a terrorist. I ignored him. After a while he came directly to me and ask me to go away and said this is Australia. The ...
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Do police have special protection in shootings, related to Breonna Taylor

I know this is a hot button issue. I was reading about self defense with a firearm and found the general rule that a person that instigates a fight cannot use a self defense argument when using deadly ...
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Contesting an expired drivers license ticket due to covid 19

I got pulled over in Ohio (with an Ohio license) a few weeks ago because one of my headlights was dim. The officer was clear that he was just letting me know. He asked to see my drivers license, ...
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Is a US (New York) police officer allowed to take your keys at a traffic stop?

So I was browsing Reddit earlier and came across this video of someone on a motorcycle lane splitting in New York (which is illegal there), when a police officer swerved into the path of the rider to ...
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How do UK pranksters “trollstation” get away with repeatedly impersonating police officers?

This video is one of many in which the YouTube prank posse known as "trollstation" impersonate police officers and run around the streets of London generally causing mischief. I always ...
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What is the furthest point from land at sea where individual U.S. state laws apply?

I wondered to myself if there was a specific point within the 12 mile US territorial sea where individual U.S. state law ends and only federal law applies. For example, could an individual/business ...
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What powers do Transport for London revenue inspectors have (for example, compared with British Transport Police)?

Can they arrest or otherwise apprehend you, or demand to search your belongings? What is their repertoire of capabilities?

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