Questions tagged [police]

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Parking Ticket while parked in our driveway

I can't upload my image, so I will do my best to explain the visual. I also apologize if this sort of question is not to meant to be asked on this branch of Stack Exchange. I, along with the other ...
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Can police receive prison time for misconduct?

Suppose that someone is a victim of police misconduct and the officer who was on duty at the time is eventually found guilty of police misconduct. Usually the victim walks out with award money (...
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What is the US standard for reasonable detention duration for immigration checks?

The CBP has the authority to conduct inspections within 100 miles of borders. This region engulfs major cities (NYC, LAX, etc.) as well as populous states like Florida. If the response to an agent's ...
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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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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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First amendment and employment: Can a police department terminate an officer for speech?

The following article from CNN describes a Michigan police officer being put on administrative leave for having KKK material at his home: https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/10/us/michigan-officer-placed-on-...
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Asking ID for no apparent reasons [duplicate]

I do know that there are jurisdictions in which police officers can ask for ID for no apparent reason (here in Italy they can just ask a person for ID without any reason or any legit ground, just for ...
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Women trying for false charges

I am facing a big problem. I am a just a 18 year old boy, and we live in India. In our community there is a person who is a big builder, and who used to do illegal business. This man is trying to get ...
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Were there any broken laws, unlawful orders or violation of rights during this traffic stop?

Here is a video of a traffic stop in Sacramento, California. Questions: Did the police or the detainee break any laws? Did the police issue any unlawful orders? In particular, was the order to roll ...
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traffic stop, do you have to give id if no crime was commited?

If you are involved in a traffic stop where the officer can not provide you with a crime you have committed or a ordinance you have broken is the officer allowed (legally) to ask/demand your id? ...
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Is what constitutes outrageous conduct clearly defined in the statutes?

Are there any objective rules or guidelines used to determine whether a police officer's conduct was outrageous?
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Can police charge someone with a misdemeanor in the total absence of evidence?

In California, given that the police have probable cause to arrest someone, can they charge that person with a misdemeanor in the total absence of evidence that any crime has been committed? To be ...
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Is it Illegal to shred Sheriff's department records in Georgia?

A recent New Yorker Article describes an incoming sheriff, replacing an old (corrupt) sheriff on his first day: "when he unlocked the doors to the sheriff’s office on his first day on the job, ...
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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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Rights of UK police home visit, no warrant

Police turned up at the door the other day and were unfortunately let in by my very distressed mother before I got to the door (I would have checked warrant, ID etc through door first). My brother and ...
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Ability to Assist an Injured Officer (USA)?

Related Suppose Bob is walking down the street, and finds an injured LEO, who is attempting to shoot a third person, let's call him Charlie. The officer is too injured to complete this action (can't ...
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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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Is it legal to hire a Private Investigator in Korea? If not, what's the closest alternative?

I'm writing a story and I'm asking for factual accuracy in the storyline. (Not asking for suggestions in hiring an actual PI.) I know for a fact that it's now illegal in Korea to hire a Private ...
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Is it legal for officers of one sex to strip-search detainees of a different sex?

I believe there is a law that states strip searches are performed by officers of the same sex as the detainee, and not by officers of a different sex. However this did not occur in the following cases....
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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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Can a Resident Assistant be told to ignore a lawful order?'

Today I have an interesting question involving Police, Fire and university administration. A little bit of background: for the past few years, my University has been involved in a small, awkward ...
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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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If I ask a police officer if I am compelled to do something do they have to answer me honestly?

Let's say that I'm being questioned by police as a suspect, and I'm too stupid to have asked for an attorney I could trust to be there. The police are going to try to get me to do things that may be ...
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How do I get a wellness check done on my sister?

I live in Las Vegas NV. I need a wellness check done on my sister who lives in Red Bank, NJ. She is elderly and her son is trying to control her and her money. Will the police go check on her?
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(When) are police required to identify themselves?

It was my understanding that when a citizen asks for an officer's name and badge number, they're required to provide it to you (in Michigan). Is there a law pertaining to this? If so, is it only the ...
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Admissibility of evidence seized from wrong property on lawful warrant (USA)

Suppose the Police obtain a warrant to search Alice's house for smuggled diamonds (something really tiny). When they arrive, they knock on Bob's door instead of Alice's. It's a common mistake to make, ...
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Duty to rescue injured police officer during traffic stop? [USA]

Hypothetical here. Suppose Alice is pulled over by Officer Bob. Bob gets out of his car, and on his way to Alice's car is struck by vehicle C, sending Bob to the ground. Bob does not rise ...
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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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Are you disobeying a lawful order to stop if you're already fleeing?

This is frankly quite a silly and obviously hypothetical question. Could you be charged with disobeying a lawful order assuming you are already breaking that order? Realistically, if you are fleeing ...
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Legal standing for a Police Officer to force you out of a private vehicle

Lets say you're sitting in a fast-food parking lot eating the food you just purchased from the establishment. Your windows are rolled up and the vehicle is turned off. A police officer pulls into the ...
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Are Police legally allowed to confiscate a Camera and Phone over “suspicious activity”?

A photographer is recording from a public sidewalk when he is confronted by Police. He refused to give his information because he had committed no crime. The Police then tried to claim that he was ...
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Is dumping a bucket of water on a police officer assault?

In NYC, headlines include locals dumping buckets of water on the police officers. https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/07/23/new-york-cops-throwing-water-de-blasio-unions/
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Can I booby-trap my property against police?

Inspired by this question: Suppose I'm paranoid (perhaps justifiably) that law enforcemen might conduct a warranted raid of my property. So I setup booby-traps that are designed to either: A. ...
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Is a police car parked perpendicular to the road (with flashing lights) sufficient by itself to legally establish road closure to all traffic?

Is a police car parked perpendicular to the road (with flashing lights) sufficient by itself to legally establish road closure to all traffic -- including non-thru (i.e. local) traffic to a residence ...
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Must shoppers show receipts if they don't want to?

Scenario Alice, a manager at Big Mart, observes Bob leaving Big Mart with three large flat panel plasma screen television sets. Alice asks Bob to produce his receipt. Bob refuses. Alice calls a ...
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How much can privacy concerns ignore danger?

Cell phone companies generally help police get the location of a missing person if there is some reasonable suspicion of danger. Is there any cell phone company (in any country) which values privacy ...
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Can a police officer film me on their personal device in my own home?

A police officer was allowed into my home by another occupant before I arrived. During the encounter, I began recording the situation. After attempting to have me remove my sunglasses and stop ...
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Is it illegal to say the police won't help?

This is a silly question but is it illegal to threaten someone that the police would not come if they were called? My ex-landlord threatened to remove my belongings. I said I would have to call the ...
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How can you tell if you have to follow a police officer's instructions?

If a police officer gives me an order, how can I tell whether or not I'm legally obligated to follow that order? If I ask the officer, is he/she required by law to answer truthfully? If the police ...
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Is it lawful for a police officer to order you to put down your baby and submit to arrest? [duplicate]

Are you required to comply with a police officer's order to put your baby down in an uncertain situation and allow yourself to be handcuffed? I am thinking of the recent incident in Phoenix. Although ...
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Car accident and now charged Assault

This took place in NJ. So I was in a minor fender bender car accident with a mid age woman. I was at fault being that I hit the rear bumper. I right away asked her if she was ok and she asked me to ...
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Consent to searches: Who wins “my-word-against-yours?”

Hypothetical Officer testifies citizen consented to be searched. Citizen denies consenting to be searched. There is no other evidence (that weighs net in favor of either party). Question Whom ...
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Can a police officer enter with no warrant or cause, and must I comply with orders if one does?

This is a hypothetical question. I am in my garage on a Saturday reloading ammunition and cleaning several guns for a range trip the next day. It is hot and I had the large garage door open. As ...
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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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About filing FIR and Autopsy for a dog's killing in my college

This morning, a female dog was found dead on the terrace of my hostel and a steel or iron rod bathed in blood besides it. She died of excessive bleeding from her vagina or some other back part. There ...
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Can resisting arrest be a standalone charge without others?

In this answer, Cicero writes: Resisting arrest must be ancillary to some other charge. You cannot just be charged with "resisting arrest" unless you are actually being arrested on some other ...
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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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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 ...