Questions tagged [police]

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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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Can I roam around the City at Midnight just to spend the time?

Do I have the rights to roam or drive my motorcycle around my city in India at midnight just to pass the time? I am from Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu in India.
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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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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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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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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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What if you follow the kidnappers' instructions to not talk to police?

Suppose your child is kidnapped. The kidnappers call you, give you "proof of life" (i.e., irrefutable evidence that they have your child in their custody and that the child is unharmed), and tell you ...
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There was a bomb threat at my building and they didn't tell us about it and forced us to stay where we were

I had worked for the federal government in a building they owned. On a couple occasions all the doors leading to different floors where closed and locked. We were told to stay in our offices. I latter ...
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What are the penalties of making false police report in Germany?

my GF & I have discovered recently that our flatmate had made a false police report in Germany while she visited her partner there. In her report she told the police that her bag was stolen while ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Cop arrests nurse despite fully knowing that she had done nothing wrong. Will a personal lawsuit against the cop be likely to win?

Officer Jeff Payne put Alex Wubbels a hospital nurse under arrest even though it was ever so blatant that she had done nothing wrong. Will suing this cop personally be likely to succeed? I've read ...
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How come Canadian Police Information Checks do not show arrests, only convictions?

I was wondering if there was a way to find out what a U.S. border official will see on your record. A police information check in Canada seems to only show your conviction, no section on it that shows ...
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“Enforcement” of 4th amendment absent exclusionary rule

Background: I am a lay person with some passing interest in the law. The Supreme Court recently decided Utah v. Strieff, 579 U.S. ___, in which it held that the attenuation exception to the ...
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Question about NYPD regulations

I have heard this from 3 people now and I am trying to find the law being used. In the NYC Transit system, if a party is even questioned by NYPD (something happens where they call in your drivers ...
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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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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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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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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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Special treatment for LE family member?

Is preferential treatment illegal? If LE can employ a judgement call into decision making, are there established limits?
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How will the “stop and identify” statute work in New Hampshire in this particular hypothetical?

I asked this question before but it was closed. So I will try to be here more specific. I have read the stop and identify statutes wikipedia page. In this page there is written that: In 12 states (...
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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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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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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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How do you file a criminal complaint when the police refuse to file the complaint?

Lets say that Bob has a problem with a high ranking member of the local government (Mayor, Police Chief, etc). After several protests of the local government and encounters/arrests by the Police, Bob ...
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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 ...