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To what extent can police officers intervene in a suicide?

Suicide is legal in the United States. Are police allowed to do things they would not have normally been able to do if not for the situation (e.g. tackling the attempter to prevent him from falling)? ...
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What is the legal justification for education staff and/or accompanying police forcing entry to dwellings in the case of truancy?

There is a news article about the crackdown on non-attendance at school. It includes the statement: Parents have told us about very strict schools actually forcing entry to their homes. Schools are ...
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What circumstances lead to the police reaching into a car and taking the keys?

This question is in relation to the news story of a police officer who was dragged by car after attempting to take the keys: In the early hours of the morning officers had approached a stationary ...
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What would be the legal situation had Xander Elliards been arrested under the Section 20 of the Police and Fire Reform Act

It is in the news that Xander Elliards, a journalist reporting on a protest was threatened with arrest. There is a video of the encounter on twitterX. As I see it the relevant facts are: The ...
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How to respond to police next of kin notification that turns into questioning [duplicate]

A recent podcast from Reveal covers the topic of police in the U.S. notifying next of kin when police kill someone. But as part of the notification, the police first ask questions about the deceased ...
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Order of oral evidence in claims against the police (England)

It’s well established that a person who pleads unlawful imprisonment does not need to prove that they should have been free. It is for the imprisoning party to justify their act. How, if at all, does ...
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To what extent can US police lie to a suspect?

I believe it is common knowledge that American police are allowed lie to a suspect, but how far can they go? Can they say / show a suspect things like these examples-- We have a witness who saw you ...
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Sexually assaulted with a firearm by chicago police

Long story short. Approximately 20 years ago I was sitting in my vehicle in a parking lot when a minivan pulled up behind me and several undercover officers jumped out of the minivan, simultaneously ...
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How would police proceed if arrestee is injured?

Hypothetically, a man is arrested after being chased by police and is being taken back to cop cars. On the way, he is shot in the chest and needs immediate medical attention. My idea right now is to ...
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Would a person have any recourse if a cop slashes their tires out of the blue for no reason?

(I'm not asking for personal legal advice, nor am I involved in this situation) In a video posted to Instagram Reels (and on Reddit), a Seattle Police Department officer can be seen slashing the rear ...
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What would one do if excessive force is used ie head lock and punching him by police [closed]

Let's say hypothetically,,,a police officer attempts to put me in handcuffs just to let me know that I am not allowed back on a property and then proceeds to put me in the headlock and punch me when ...
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USA - can police be criminally charged with false imprisonment for a retaliatory arrest?

For example, say a police officer arrests someone for giving them the finger. As I understand it this action is protected under the first amendment. Can any criminal charges be brought against an ...
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What is the legality of police wielding obscurantist legal sophistry against the public?

Alice is at a protest and gets into an altercation with another group. She shouts various lawful slogans towards them, and they report her to the police who arrive, seeking to “deescalate” the ...
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How does the presumption of innocence apply to investigative interest by police?

Does the presumption of innocence apply at the investigatory phase of a criminal inquiry? For instance if a crime victim presents the police with substantial circumstantial evidence pointing it a ...
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Are the police bound in their charging decisions by the public interest test?

Are the police bound, in their summary only (in-house) charging decisions, like the CPS is, to follow the public interest test?
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Can I get ticketed this way?

I was driving my new car at about 85mph in a rural area in New York, when a car I passed sped up behind me blinked his lights. I slowed down and the driver appeared to be video taping me with his ...
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When may handcuffs not be used when arresting someone?

This is a trope that occasionally comes up in various fora that handcuffs (and indeed any degree of force) when arresting someone should only be used if there is clear reason to think that it’s ...
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Is it possible for there to be an independent Constable?

The office of police Constable is independent of the employing police force. In theory then one could hold the office but not be within the organisation of any police force. Does anything prevent this?...
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When investigating a bogus report, can police enter a home?

Let's say that neighbors can hear glass cracking and screams coming from within a house. After hearing it, one of the neighbors notifies the police, who come inside the house and handcuff the lone ...
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What provision commonly allows police to enter one’s home following one’s arrest to search for stolen property?

In case one is arrested for stealing things, or possibly also for drugs offences, it is common for police to visit the suspect’s home address and search it for items of a similar character. What legal ...
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Where does the idiomatic term “caution+3” come from?

As an alternative to arrest, English police may summon one to make an appointment at a police station for a so called voluntary interview, which is often derisively mocked in that it ironically often ...
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Does an independent constable officer have a choice not to arrest someone they encounter who is subject of a warrant?

Collin the Constable holds the Office of Police Constable making him an independent servant of the crown who is said to be individually and independently responsible for all of his conduct carried out ...
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What is the legal situation if the police "request" a crowd disperse?

There has been some trouble in Auchinleck, East Ayrshire. This is described: Det Insp Louise White of Ayrshire Division said: "An investigation is under way following an incident of large-scale ...
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Does the NI Police have any powers in the Republic of Ireland?

I imagine that if they do, then they would be significantly limited compared with what is enjoyed in their native NI, but are there any limited powers? For example interstate “hot pursuit” type ...
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Why do the police announce the time when they arrest somebody?

In the U.K. when police arrest someone, they seem to first announce the current time in military/24 hour format, and then they declare the reason or grounds for the arrest. Declaring the grounds for ...
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What is the threshold for "key national infrastructure"?

On Monday 30th October for the first time police used section 7 of the Public Order Act 2023, which bans any act “which interferes with the use or operation of any key national infrastructure in ...
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Is hiding your face enough evidence for police to suspect a crime and require you to expose it?

Apparently in the UK it is an offence to refuse to remove a face covering if asked by police who believe a crime may be committed. What is the threshold for this belief, and how does the crime have ...
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In crimes prosecuted by local authorities, do they take the place off the police or the CPS?

For example, illegal eviction may be prosecuted by local authorities. In this case, does that mean that they refer the cases after charging to the CPS rather than the relevant police forces? Or that ...
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Is there an email directory of police departments and sheriffs offices for submitting FOI requests?

I have been doing research related to FOI (Freedom of Information) fees and itemized invoices in particular. In this effort I have been contacting a number of departments and offices (ideally all) in ...
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Can you be “protectively” arrested to prevent a feared breach of the peace against you?

Example: Antisemitic rally being held by the national jewhaters’ league. Robert the rabbi with his skullcap shows up in his very conspicuous Jewish garb to proudly sing some Jewish songs in the centre ...
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Do you owe any duty of care to law enforcement carrying out a search?

There are various circumstances where law enforcement can legally carry out a search of an individual or their property. Are there situations where the person being searched has a responsibility to ...
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Is it legal for the police to take you away from home and abandon you without means of getting to safety?

It is reported that police arrested a man at his home in the middle of the night, drove him three miles away and "dearrested" him nine minutes later. He was left with no money, phone and ...
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How to get a criminal case moving forward as a victim of a crime? [closed]

About four days ago I was assaulted by an individual between the ages of 16 to 25. He struck me in the back of my head as hard as he could, as him and his friends passed me on bikes. I had heart ...
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Who has the right to authorise a private police force?

I used to work in an area where I would often see the Federal Reserve Police, due to the presence of a Federal Reserve Bank. These police officers do have police powers including the power to arrest ...
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What documents must I carry on me while in the US on J1 visa?

I'm on J-1 visa for half a year in the US. I'm a Hungarian (EU) citizen. I'm wondering whether I need my passport and/or anything else on me at all times. I'd prefer not to carry my passport all the ...
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Can punishments be weakened if evidence was collected illegally?

Suppose police are investigating a burglary case. Under law, COVID-19 contact tracing data can only be used for contact tracing and nothing else. However a team decides to analyze the data anyway to ...
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Is it illegal to take pictures of the police in public in Germany?

I visited Cologne last year. I was taking a selfie with my phone's inner camera in front of a monument. I was unaware that my phone's outer camera was facing police officers conducting checks. One of ...
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is there a limit of speed cops can go on a high speed pursuit?

Let's have the following scenario, where a police officer is trying to pull a car over, but the car decides to try to run away. HOW fast is the police officer legally allowed to go when chasing the ...
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Can someone be arrested for bus fare evasion?

Recently a woman was filmed being arrested for alleged fare evasion in front of her son in Croydon. She is anonymous but the footage has been all over the news and social media. Was there any legal ...
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Does Missouri Revised Statute 578.018 imply that a law enforcement officer must get a warrant to enter private property to check on an animal?

Missouri Revised Statute 578.018 vaguely states that a law enforcement officer and other officials "MAY" seek a warrant to enter onto private property to check., inspect or impound an animal ...
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Does a person on probation have to legally identify themselves to police officers without reasonable articulable suspicion of a criminal offense

Is there a New Hampshire RSA regarding persons on probation having to by law identify themselves as being on probation and provide their name and identification to an officer, when stopped even if it’...
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fighting a parking ticket in NJ

I received a parking ticket for overnight parking on a public street in NJ. The municipality apparently has an ordnance against overnight parking but there was no signage on the roads. I believe NJ ...
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Roommate accusing me of theft in Germany [closed]

my stuff kept going missing and when I asked my roommate they denied but later I looked through their bags and found out it that they were stealing my stuff and hiding it in their bag. I took a ...
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Why do Pride flags fly over British police stations, prisons and other government buildings?

Insofar as this question may have a legal answer, by what provisions or instruments are they flown or allowed to be flown? Who would have the power to decide what flags are flown over such ...
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Is it illegal to honk at a police officer in the USA?

Suppose a police car is stopped at a green light and not moving. Is it illegal for me to honk at him? What if I can't drive around him? What if it happens to be a civilian vehicle and a plainclothes ...
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Can personal data compelled by police able to be disclosed to a private business?

Bob is ejected from a private business as the police are called because the security guard felt his dietary proclivities were socially unacceptable in public. The police arrived and Bob was already ...
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Is a bystander liable to be arrested for interfering in an undercover cop's operation?

If for example, a random person passing by happens to see some altercation between some undercover cops and a suspect and they wrongfully assumed that the suspect was being ganged upon, will they get ...
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What powers do the police have to stop a car in Oklahoma?

Can a police officer in Oklahoma pull you over because they think your ID is suspended, despite not committing any traffic violations? Also is it lawful for the officer to write a police report before ...
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Under which law is the police allowed to hold one's passport and phone after being in detention for 21 hrs?

Is the UK police allowed to hold one's passport and phone for further "investigation" after he had been in detention for 21 hours? Further the police told him that he is not allowed to leave ...
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Onlyfans account leaked to my family [duplicate]

I have an OnlyFans account which for obvious reasons I kept secret from everyone. But somehow someone has leaked its content (perhaps a friend or an ex-partner who wanted to take a revenge on me). He/...
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