Questions tagged [police]

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What right of self defence do you have against a police dog?

It is in the news that an Uber driver was mauled by a police dog despite not initiating violence or attempting to avoid arrest. He has suffered life changing injuries. It seems the self defense ...
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In the UK, does a person have the right to refuse a police "Stop and Search"

UK Police's stop and search powers have been talked about a lot in the news in recent months. I would like to know if an individual has the right to refuse a stop and search by police in the UK.
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Can you film the police while they search your premises?

If the police search your house with a warrant can you film them to ensure they keep to the letter of the warrant?
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Are citizen-recorded videos catalogued as evidence by the police exempt from public records requests?

Presuming videos recorded in public, are such videos generally open to public inspection? If not, are such videos open to public inspection in non-criminal proceedings, for e.g. in traffic ...
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How long can you be detained before the police are legally required to feed you?

Just like the title says, I'm wondering how long somebody can be held in custody before the police are legally required to feed them. Is there any legal limit, or is it at the discretion of the ...
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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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Could an undercover police officer sign a contract?

Could an undercover police officer sign a contract as part of an investigation (for example, to gain access to a location)? If they signed it using their real name, would the contract be binding on ...
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Almost stabbed to death, what tools do the detective squad have to catch this guy?

I was attacked a few days ago and was almost stabbed to death. The suspect got away, as the first squad car came. Fueled by adrenaline, I sprinted towards the first squad car to get their attention ...
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How can UK police fine people when it is not supported by law?

United Kindgom During the COVID pandemic, police officers have taken to fining members of the public who break government guidelines (exercising too far away from their houses, exercising more than ...
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When is a web-site owner obligated to report a crime?

Suppose someone operates a web-based forum where users can post information for other users to view. While not a mandated reporter as defined by the state the operator lives in, the site users come ...
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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 policeman be charged with "not arresting someone who should have been arrested"?

Background False arrest, false imprisonment and the like are crimes that do exist. But is the opposite also true? That is, can a law enforcement officer be charged with not arresting who should have ...
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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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What should police do in case a stolen item is evidently in suspect's house

A person claimed that B person had stolen an item and was holding it at home (because A has seen B doing that, and add the possible scenario, if even item GPS location was coming from the B's home). ...
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Would a police do anything if someone is provoking a fight?

I'm not looking for legal advice from a lawyer. I'm living in a shared house with a bunch of young people and one is trying to provoke a fight with me. After getting in my face and trying to instigate ...
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Is the plot of Fatal Attraction legally accurate?

Fatal Attraction is a 1987 film. The part of the plot I'm interested in is: Daniel "Dan" Gallagher is a successful, happily-married Manhattan lawyer whose work leads him to meet Alexandra &...
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Can a HighWay Enforcer/Patrolmen remain in a Cross State Pursuit?

I kind of got this question in my mind as I saw a North Augusta Squad Car drive out of the city not responding to any emergency. Say a South Carolina HWP were to do a routing traffic stop and the ...
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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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"Enforcement" of 4th amendment absent exclusionary rule

The Supreme Court recently decided Utah v. Strieff, 579 U.S. ___, in which it held that the attenuation exception to the exclusionary rule was satisfied by the discovery of an arrest warrant following ...
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Do undercover/plainclothed police (ever?) wear bodycams? Or be required to be on CCTV?

Is it another question or part of asking this, but are undercover/plainclothed police (ever?) required to be on CCTV? Some of these people are very talkative, verbal, expressive, often cursing/...
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Can the police enter a property?

Suppose that Police officers came to the home address of a person A, looking for a person B who does not reside at our address. Suppose B is the adult child of A. Can they still enter the premises to ...
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If my electronic devices are searched, can a police officer use my ideas?

On my phone, I have many different ideas for startups, books, and other creative endeavours. Most of them are probably (or certainly) worthless, but a few have some potential. As I understand it, ...
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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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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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What rights and responsibilities exist with respect to mobile phone use and arrest?

It is in the news today that Wayne Couzens made an unlawful arrest of Sarah Everard in the process of her murder. If one found oneself in a situation where this was a possibility an obvious solution ...
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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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Placing a Police Officer Under Citizen's Arrest

If you place a police officer under citizen's arrest, does that officer still hold the authority to arrest you?
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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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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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What kind of information is a police officer in Germany allowed to ask, in random situations on the street, e.g., during a traffic check?

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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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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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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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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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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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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Can a civilian legally take any action against a police officer if they witness the officer violating traffic laws?

I saw this video where a civilian manages to pull over a police officer for speeding. I doubt pulling someone over as a civilian is legal, strictly speaking, especially since the guy had to speed ...
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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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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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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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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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Is an IP address of a phone an Admissible piece of evidence in court? [closed]

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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How must undercover police officers identify themselves?

This question (and this one written in parallel) comes out of discussion on a more specific question with details about a particular situation, which was apparently too specific for this site. When ...
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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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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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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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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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Legal to demand payment for information of interest to criminal investigators?

Suppose I have a video surveillance system. Down the road from me a serious crime occurred. Investigating officers canvass the neighborhood looking for leads. I, being a "good" American citizen, ...
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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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