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Does a Good Samaritan law protect a person from murder charges if they kill someone who had been violently attacking a police officer?

I am wondering if Good Samaritan laws protect a person from being charged with murder if they kill a person who had been violently attacking a police officer. For example, say that a person is walking ...
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Does qualified immunity protect p. officers from civil liability if found to have abetted conspiracy or maliciously falsified a criminal report?

Is there any cases that decided this question? Can the DA be sued if they know or should know and maliciously prosecute regardless in such a case? Primarily interested in the State of California.
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Who can legally arrest an on-duty law enforcement officer in NH?

If a New Hampshire citizen sees a New Hampshire cop commit a state or federal felony, can a citizen legally effect a citizen's arrest? Can other LEOs (law enforcement officers) effect such an arrest? ...
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What is the role and power of the Australian Defence Force in civil society?

The Commonwealth government has offered the assistance of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) to the states from time to time. Most recently the New South Wales Government has accepted that offer of ...
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What is it called when a suspect is questioned without their lawyer?

To elaborate, I know it is illegal for authorities to question a suspect when their lawyer isn’t present. Is this a crime or just illegal? If it is a crime, what is it called?
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When does a warning not to talk to the police become "witness tampering"?

Every competent criminal defense attorney will advise their client (or anyone else) NEVER to talk to the police. Law professor James Duane gave a 45-minute lecture on this exact subject. So, obviously ...
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What would happen if a minor was falsely accused of being a predator by an online sting group for sexting and an investigation started? [closed]

What would happen if a minor sexted other minors online, posted offensive and outrageous things, adult porn and a sting group reported them to the police assuming they were a predator and essentially ...
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Are local police obligated to enforce a law if they know about it? [duplicate]

If a local police officer knows that a law exists and is familiar with its details, and they observe or otherwise become aware that said law is being broken, and they have the resources, means, ...
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Staying anonymous as a witness in Germany

Alice witnessed an altercation in a public park in which a knife was pulled, but nobody was hurt. The police were called, the offender fled the scene but stayed in the vicinity. Since Alice saw ...
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What obligation is there for police to find and arrest false 911 callers?

Oklahoma man held at gunpoint by police, handcuffed after false 911 call Given that 911 calls are recorded and the phone number is logged, I would expect that a motivated detective to quickly ID a ...
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Is asking police to justify their orders illegal?

From the BBC, WRT instructions by the police for people on the streets to move on: the legal niceties don't always matter: "The police will often just insist on people 'moving on' because they ...
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Does an English Police Officer have the authority to compel a purchase?

Per these news article in the Daily Mail and Daily Express, Special Constable Penny Lancaster arrived at the scene of a crime, to whit, a gentleman urinating inside a public sculpture. She then... &...
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Traffic Accident. Defending myself (Canada)

I would like to preface by stating this will be my first time in court, and I am looking to get some clarification about proceedings. Situation (my side of events): Got into a little "fail to ...
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DUI Charges in America

Suppose a person falls below the legal BAC limit for a state in the USA (say the limit is 0.08%). Can the person still be charged with a crime? Are police officers required to put handcuffs on anyone ...
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Why do cops in the USA not seem to use the technical "blow into device" test for drunk drivers?

I have been watching a number of "cops arrest drunk driver" videos lately. In every case, they don't even mention that "breathalizer" or whatever they called it, but instead go ...
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Stop, in the name of the law

Does the popular media cliche Stop, in the name of the law have any founding in actual law or policing practice, either current or historical? Did police ever say this as a matter of course? If so why?...
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Retired Police Officer (still state licensed) obligation to report a crime

A retired Police Officer still holds state license (former chief of police in small suburb). A family member of the officer tells him of an [alleged] assault against her What is the oath or sworn ...
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Can a police officer be charged with despotism?

Can a US police officer be charged with despotism? Note: In Germany I heard it is possible
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Hospitalized person in custody. Not allowed ANY FORM of communication [closed]

My wife had an altercation with her son: he shoved her and she broke her hip. We called the police because he was out of control. She tried to stop him from flattening tires on his wife's car, however ...
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Are there different penalties for crimes against a PCSO as opposed to a police officer?

A person has recently been arrested for the murder of a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) in Kent, England making me wonder: Is the murder/assault/other crimes against a PCSO subject to the same ...
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Can police interrogate a drunk suspect?

Are there any proscriptions on the custodial interrogation of people who are under the influence of alcohol or other mind-altering drugs? If not, are there any laws that prohibit offering ...
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Can you arrest a person without police? [duplicate]

Is it possible to make the decision of arresting a person that is not judged by the police. For example by someone trained in law, like a lawyer. It is not uncommon to get some form of police ...
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How should a law abiding police officer have handled George Floyd? [closed]

Everywhere I read says Derek Chauvin case was a slam dunk. Now that he is convicted, there is even less room to argue he was following the law when he handled George Floyd. But considering the US ...
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What is a legal response if police illegally try to enter your home?

Say the police turn up at your house with a search warrant. They show it to you, and it is more than 3 months old and so invalid, and therefore does not give them the right to enter your house. You ...
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Follow-up question about summary only offence

I am following on from a question that I posted here. Person A: Reported suspect for one indictable offence. Person B: Reported suspect for several summary only offences. I understand based on the ...
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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 law enforcement dig up endangered plants to recover evidence of a crime?

According to this meme if you bury a body underneath an endangered plant, it is then illegal for law enforcement to dig up the body. Is this true?
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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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Under the England and Wales Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984, can a police officer enter a house without a warrant?

Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984 As the title asks. It's such intense legalese that I can't get my head around it!
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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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