Questions tagged [police]

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How to show an officer your insurance card?

When a police officer pulls you over, they always ask for the standard trifecta of documents; license registration, and proof of insurance. In ye olden days of yore, insurance companies used to mail ...
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Do police officers in the USA have to carry the law/code book?

I have seen several videos recently where police officers in the USA approach or detain someone, and then open a binder with laws/codes of the area and show the people what they violated. Question is, ...
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Do the police have to kick someone out the house if the owner demands it?

I phoned the police to kick my in laws out the house after they started to take my furniture when they were only meant to take theirs (splitting up with wife). They came but refused to kick them out ...
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Practical limit to qualified immunity

Let's say the police are sued and the lawsuit is so costly or the settlement is so large they cant pay it. In that case would the doctrine of qualified immunity collapse because not only do the police ...
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USA: Do 911/PD phone operators have a 'duty to rescue'?

As I understand it: 'duty to rescue' does not generally exist for regular citizens in the USA. (Some exceptions apply!) Let's say I'm in Europe and I call the general inquiry phone number of a local (...
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What happens if a law enforcement agency refuses to obey a court order?

So, let's say that a judge issues an order to a law enforcement agency - for instance, ordering them to behave in a certain way when interacting with protestors. The law enforcement agency then ...
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Could US mayors/governors order their state police to arrest unmarked federal agents?

Could the local US governors/mayors, who reject federal agents on their streets, legally order their local police force to arrest all people, who are violence and don't wear any insignia? Or would it ...
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Can governors deploy state police vs federal police?

(Non US national here) Can the governors of states that disagree with the deployment of federal troops deploy some kind of state force to stop these? Does state police loyalty lie with the governor or ...
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Domestic violence - please advise

Yesterday I witnessed a girl being brutally beaten by her boyfriend. He was sitting on top of her with her face in the dirt, screaming and crying. Never seen anything like it. I unfortunately didn't ...
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Do police have a civil duty to do their job?

If someone steals my car and the police refuse to respond, and in fact prevent me from taking action to recover the car. Can police be sued for not doing their job? I.e., if I spend millions of ...
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What legal authorities provide for DHS to police cities?

I heard about 40 U.S. Code § 1315 on a podcast. It allows HHS officers to safeguard federal property and gives them arrest power under explicit conditions - (c) arrest people they witness committing ...
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Can the Federal Protective Service make arrests without identification or in unmarked cars?

This week, a protestor who was part of the George Floyd protests in Portland, Oregon was arrested by federal agents who were without identification, and who put him into an unmarked van. Customs and ...
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How quickly will they obtain a warrant?

If the police are investigating a cyber-crime, and all they have is the IP address and they obtain the details from the ISP, how quickly will they usually obtain a search warrant in order to preserve ...
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How should Garrett Rolfe have acted when Rayshard Brooks tried to tase him?

What should he have done to avoid prosecution?
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Is an IP address of a phone an Admissible piece of evidence in court?

If and IP address of a phone was used as evidence in court and that was the real only part of evidence the prosecution had, would that alone be enough evidence to prosecute the defendant?
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IP address details

Usually how long does it take for the police to acquire IP details from the ISP now they no longer need a warrant to serve them under the snoopers charter. Would they usually then come and search your ...
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Sedative Administration by Law Enforcement: Legal Precedents?

Question: Are the any legal precedents (U.S. legal system) that have firmly addressed the administration and usage of sedatives on apprehended individuals by or at the request of law enforcement ? To ...
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What do I need to do about police unlawfully break in my house

The copsArrested me on false charges use my car keys to use my house key to get into my home I found them on my camera cause neighbors said my house was raided while I was arrested and so it prompted ...
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What laws govern the release of police reports in the U.S.?

I have read conflicting information regarding police reports being or not being public records. A lot of people talk about how they are available to anyone. Some other sources deny this. For example ...
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Can a victim of crime sue a city that abolished their police department?

Say that a city abolishes their police department based on accusations of systematic racism within their police ranks. The following day a person living in that city calls 911 to report that their ...
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What are realistic time limits on contemporaneous note taking?

In terms of contemporaneous, if an OHS Inspector is taking notes on an official investigation what is an acceptable time frame for s/he to adjust the notes to correct errors while at the scene i.e ...
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Has there ever been a successful defense based on “self-defense” in a case of a person charged with killing an on-duty police officer?

Title says it all. Is there any example of someone being found not guilty of killing an on-duty police officer? Obviously this must happen all the time when the facts cannot be proven. I'm wondering ...
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During an investigation, can a US law enforcement officer say something is legal if it is not?

When investigating something that has already happened, can a US law enforcement officer say "x is perfectly legal" to get someone to confess to having done x (which is not actually legal and someone ...
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Are police forces obligated to warn before shooting?

When watching the series Fringe (and any other police series for that matter), the police/FBI usually looses their suspect because he is running away and the police keep yelling "stop or I will shoot"....
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Unknown law enforcement

During the current protests, there have been numerous reports of unknown/unidentified law enforcement personnel. Do these people have to show credentials if asked? If they give orders (without ...
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Is there protocol for US police officers for handling a fellow cop that is using excessive force?

If I'm a police officer in the United States and my partner is restraining a suspect with an excessive or otherwise out-of-protocol use of force, what am I legally allowed to do to stop him?
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Would it have been legal to step in and prevent the death of George Floyd? (Interfere with arrest to save a life) [duplicate]

I know this is a viral topic right now but I don't mean to ask it simply for the sake of hype and controversy. I am genuinely curious about it. If this question isn't appropriate here, please advise ...
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What happens if you call the police to report another police officer?

For instance, if you witness a police officer committing a crime or police brutality, would calling the police or 911 lead to an immediate response against the first officer?
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Can a U.S. citizen get into legal trouble if they tip off ICE as to the whereabouts of an illegal immigrant(s)?

I would like to know if a U.S. citizen, especially for those living in California, can face criminal charges from local or state authorities if they contact ICE instead of the local police to report ...
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How can UK police fine people when it is not supported by law?

United Kindgom During the COVID pandemic, police officers have taken to fining members of the public who break government guidelines (exercising too far away from their houses, exercising more than ...
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How can it be legal in the USA to have live television shows/streams of cops interacting with real people? [duplicate]

I always found even the concept of cops having "bodycams" extremely scary and creepy, but having people watch it all live, as a freaking television show or "YouTube stream" or whatever, is even worse. ...
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US laws: shooting an undercover cop

So this is in the interest of storytelling and writing. So we have cop A who is undercover and acting as mobster B's right hand man. Then we have bar owner C who closed down the bar, and is alone in ...
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Implementation or enforcement: which is required by law by the governments concerned?

In this q/a site and also in other q/a site of stack exchange networks, numerous questions are asked and answered. If these questions and answers are found to be legally binding, do the governments ...
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can police accept my guilt in a state of shock?

can the police legally take my admission to a car crash when I am in a state of shock in the middle of a car crash? and if not under what act?
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If a super powerful smelling device existed and could detect marijuana from miles away, would it be illegal for police to use it for that purpose?

If a device that was capable of smelling marijuana from miles away existed and was very accurate (could identify houses where the smell was coming from), would police legally be able to use it for the ...
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What are my rights when I am robbed during a police search of my vehicle

I was stopped by an officer for running a stop sign after showing all required documentation I was told to step out of vehicle. I was placed in handcuffs and told drugs were found in my car which I ...
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Do You Have to Identify Yourself to Police if Suspected of Underage Drinking? [MA, U.S.]

I was doing some reading on the laws relating to this, and I can't seem to get a clear answer. According to this source https://www.mattmlaw.com/blog/2013/04/underage-drinking-convictions-can-be-...
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In what country do police have to clear scenes for EMTs?

I read this on Reddit: Not a lawyer, but work for a law firm as an Investigator. One of our clients stabbed an ex-lover multiple times over $100. Perp then ran out of the house all bloody. ...
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If the person committing a crime is in a different country, where should one file a police report?

A friend of mine recently got scammed by someone in another country. I encouraged him to file a police report, but he hasn't done so, because "what's the point". Although that decision is up to him, I ...
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Can I ask a cop, “What happened?”

Around 10pm, I see red and blue lights through my window. I look outside, and I see 7 cop cars (and a bike) in front of my house. There are 8 cops standing around in a circle, laughing -- I'm ...
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If police come to my house with a warrant for my arrest, can they break in?

Suppose police have a warrant to arrest me for a minor offense, like failure to pay fines. If police come to my residence and I quietly hide they go away. If they see me at the window or I speak ...
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Can I intervene to stop police brutality?

For example, in an Eric Garner type situation - if I see police on a guy's back. The guy is saying and demonstrating that he can't breathe. Can I physically pull or push the police officer, in order ...
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Can I hide my face from facial recognition and be fined for it?

I've been reading about the up and coming use of facial recognition by London's Metropolitian police service. I am aware there is no law against using facial recognition, but I am asking if there is ...
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Can an officer wipe snow off a windshield to verify a registration or parking permit?

In my New Jersey residence it is required to have a parking sticker to park on a residential street, a sticker placed left-rear of the vehicles. This particular day there was snow on the vehicles, ...
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Where do I go when police refuse to investigate someone who made purchases with my debit card?

A few months ago, my debit card information was stolen and used to purchase some computer equipment in the state of Oklahoma, but the perpetrator lives in the state of Florida and I live in the State ...
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If a potential suspect wishes to speak to the police and can't afford a lawyer what is the safest way to do so?

Let's say that an individual, let's call him Bob, has been contacted by the police who want to speak to him about an associate of his that was recently murdered. Bob is not under arrest, but Bob ...
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If you receive a gift is that scamming anyone?

I am on Facebook in a group where it’s sharing so meaning people give away or share with the public things they don’t need and give it away as gifts! This lady I met with told the group that I scammed ...
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Is it legal for police in California to use a hidden microphone?

Is it legal for police in California to record suspects via a hidden microphone in police vehicles? If so, how can the information obtained be used?
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Does a Victorian policeman have to identify themselves?

If a Victorian policeman has no identifying marks including a wearing an official uniform, wearing an identifying badge, producing a warrant card, driving a clearly marked police vehicle, etc., do ...
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If a valid warrant uncovers a suspect's passwords, is another warrant needed to use them?

Scenario: a valid search warrant is executed on John Doe and his computer is seized. Somehow, this manages to net the police Doe's passwords for a bunch of sites (for example, Doe stored all his ...

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