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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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Why US police is so lenient to criminals & car robbers?

I've seen many videos on youtube like this, but this was the most surprising one, where US police is chasing for 5,10,15 minutes to the criminal (who drives with either stolen car or his car) and ...
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Suing a Police Officer Instead of the Police Department

My car was towed in Seattle for an alleged parking violation. I paid $350 to get it back and then went to court and had the violation dismissed. The police officer who wrote the ticket and called for ...
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Damages done while in the line of duty?

If a police officer was in pursuit of someone else's car, with their lights and siren on and there was a second police car following the first police car, but they did not have his/her lights, or ...
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Can you sue the prosecutor in a criminal proceeding?

If someone went to a job interview, and the job was offered to said person immediately after the interview, but upon arriving at home the person receives a phone call from their potential future ...
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Is Plummer v State still valid under contemporary law?

Apparently, in Plummer v State back in 1893, the court ruled an individual may act in self-defense against a police officer provided there is unlawful use of force. Note, this does not mean self-...
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Is the thin blue line on the stars and stripes considered desecration of the flag?

Police officers all over the country are flying a flag or wearing patches of the following flag. Isn't this considered desecration of the flag under 18 U.S. Code § 700?
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When does free speech become disordely conduct or disturbing the peace?

Lets say Bob doesn't like the mayor of his city/town. Bob believes the mayor to be corrupt. The mayor is an ex police officer. So Bob decides to protest in front of city hall at noon with a sign and ...
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Would a second illegal detainment by Police increase a settlement amount?

In the following video; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kez1-dVN3iE A Pueblo, CO L.E.O. illegally detained an individual while taking video outside of a police department on a public sidewalk. The ...
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Do people / should I have a lawyer on call?

I follow the law for the most part and I don't suspect that the police are out to get me. Yet, every once in a while, I hear people talk about something relating to how the police treated them, and ...
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Can a company instruct employees to not call police?

As a manager, I received this email from my store manager that came from the district manager. Team, you cannot call the police without my approval, if I am not available it would fall to (Blank) ...
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How do you file a criminal complaint when the police refuse to file the complaint?

Lets say that Bob has a problem with a high ranking member of the local government (Mayor, Police Chief, etc). After several protests of the local government and encounters/arrests by the Police, Bob ...
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Why do cops make up funny stories when detaining people?

In case cops are decent human beings, and these answers are true and the nature of their stop just does not allow them to truthfully tell their victims the reason for the stop, why do they make up ...
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How can I tell whether my 4th amendment rights have been violated?

From what I understand, a police officer can stop and harass (detain and ask questions with zero apparent "probable cause") all their hearts desire without being required to tell the detainee what the ...
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Can a police officer lie?

In the unfortunate event, someone finds themselves being questioned by the police in the US, and they ask for a lawyer, but in an unlikely event the police officer says "you don't need a lawyer you're ...
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Opposing grants of permission for search by police

Hypothetical situation - a police officer knocks on the door of an apartment shared by two people. Both are home and answer the door. The officer asks for permission to enter and conduct a search. One ...
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Does this situation qualify as “reasonable suspicion”?

A friend of mine described this situation to me recently: The scene is a hotel lobby in the middle of the night. Three people, two men and a woman, enter. The woman appears to be drunk and ...
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Can the police video-record sexual acts of underage children during an investigation?

I have read today that "New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft charged with soliciting prostitution in human trafficking probe". In the article itself, they state the that: "Robert Kraft, is being ...
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Is a cop allowed to use deadly force under the following circumstances?

This was featured on "TJ Hooker", episode 43 but conceivably could happen in real life. The cop (Hooker) is escorting a victim, who is a diabetic. While walking, she dropped the insulin that she ...
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Is it legal to record TSA agents?

Flying through security checkpoints in the US, I have seen and experienced passengers getting chewed out for choosing opt-out pat-down screening, with agents being extremely annoyed about the extra ...
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Unauthorised Use of Discount Code

TL;DR Can a retailer back out of their own Terms and Conditions because I used a discount code that I did not have explicit authorisation to use? Full Details I found a discount code online for a ...
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Can police sent official request per email only (UK)?

Policeman (United Kingdom) sends email with official request to obtain some data to company email address, but doesn't sent the post (original paper version) to the company's postal address. Is that ...
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When is a Web-Site Owner Obligated to Report a Crime?

I own and operate a web-based forum. Users can post information for other users to view. While I am not a mandated reporter as defined by the state I live in, the site users come from different parts ...
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Laws “insulating” police from lawsuits

In a news article describing a local attorney's multiple lawsuits against various officers in the police department of Salem, NH, the article said: Vogelman files the suits in federal court because ...
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What can happend if I am sexting with an underage girl from another country? [duplicate]

So I met this girl on the internet and I told her I am 19 and she told me she is 17. We started talking for a while and she sent me me a pic in underwear.. We started texting and all that.. we did ...
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Are cops required by law to have “reasonable suspicion” in order to detain a person? If so, do they have to inform the detainee about the suspicion?

I was stopped while cycling on hwy 59 in Texas, about 50 miles south of Huston. Officer started asking me questions about my travels. I asked: "Have I done anything illegal? Officer: "No, but I ...
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Exclusionary Rule and testimony

Let's say a police officer searches a property without a warrant, and discovers a couple of people imprisoned there. Would their testimony against the owner later be inadmissible as it's a result of ...
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Is it normal to be ordered to leave a crime scene in Lisbon, Portugal? Must I?

I was en route from my hotel to a cafe at 3.30pm in the heart of Lisbon, when I walked up this alley (the link I provided is the exact spot) when I saw 3 cops and 5 kids in an ongoing crime scene - 4 ...
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Would it be legal to send an active electronics device through the postal system?

The active device would be a low power electronic device that is designed to log any attempt either failed or successful to view or tamper with the contents of a parcel from the time it leaves the ...
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Possible legal steps for psychological damage caused by a company

A friend of mine studies at an American university in the UAE. Recently, he was literally escorted out of the campus building on the premise that it was winter break. It is a common notion that the ...
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Do you have to follow all the orders a police officer gives?

Saw a video on YouTube where a woman is being filmed in Walmart. From what I understood, she was being accused of shoplifting (I guess rolled the cart beyond the registers without paying?), and then ...
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Is it legal to use self-defense against police brutality? [duplicate]

Is it self defense if a police officer were assaulting; let’s say my uncle, and punch or push away the officer to stop him from hurting my uncle would that be legal?
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No Pictures - Really?

In order to fly out of Pereira, Colombia, today, I was forced to do a full-body x-ray. I was allowed to see the x-ray and it was very detailed, showing bones and internal organs, but I was not ...
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Is the arrest of Huawei's CFO legal?

Meng Wanzhou, the CFO of the Chinese company Huawei was recently arrested in Canada, and is facing extradition to the US, allegedly on charges of breaking violating U.S. sanctions on Iran. The thing ...
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What to do if a police officer as oppressed you? Can you take revenge on him?

Context I have heard a disturbing story from my grandmother saying that my aunt was driving her car in a place where there is no traffic and suddenly a police officer has stopped her and suspended my ...
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What is the legal status of predictive policing?

How can you indict somebody for a crime that they didn't commit? But they might do. I find that a baffling concept. How is it justified?
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What is the point of administering prolonged field sobriety tests, and aren't the tasks unreasonable?

I've just watched this video of a police officer in Miami administering a field sobriety test on a person suspected to be driving under the influence. The test takes over ten minutes. There are two ...
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Why is use of force justified in this way?

Typically when we see an officer on the media for their use of force, even when the other person was a danger, we see the general public retort with something of the form "lesser force could have been ...
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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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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 ...