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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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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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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 ...