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Forced to present ID to Police in the United States

You are walking down the sidewalk or any publicly accessible location where you are allowed to walk freely. As you are doing this, you begin to take pictures and/or video. It happens to be near some ...
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Am I legally obligated to return a lost iPhone I found? [duplicate]

The other day while biking, I found an iPhone laying on the side of the road. I picked it up, and brought it home with me. I didn't think of it much at the time because I had work to do, and I had to ...
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Are police legally required to stop a crime they see being committed?

Say that a police officer walks down an alleyway and very clearly sees a crime being committed; say a mugging or a rape. Is the officer legally obligated to try to stop the crime? By “legally required”...
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Is it illegal to own DNA?

Is there a law against owning someone else's DNA without their consent/knowledge ? I've googled it but I'm a bit confused. It says here that in California the police can compile a database of DNA ...
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France: Is it illegal to take videos of the police?

While in France, I was taking video of a police operation (they were evicting some squatters in caravans from a field, about 50 of them). One of the police officers quickly approached me and asked me ...
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When can a civilian refuse to assist a police officer?

Situation: recently, I was asked to open a locked apartment building (inside are tenant's apartments) by a police officer. I was standing outside of my apartment next door. I do have a key for that ...
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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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Do police have a more extensive file on a person than can be obtained from the DMV?

Do police have a more extensive driving/traffic file on me than I can obtain from the DMV? I just called the DMV headquarters in Oregon, my state of residence. After I answered two simple security ...
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Verifying LEO status online

Is it possible to verify (online) if a Florida neighbor is an active Law enforcement officer? Is there a single agency in which all Florida LEO must register? The neighbor claims to be a law ...
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What protects civilians from police corruption and lying if there isn't any video evidence?

Can't a police officer arrest someone on the street for anything and just lie about what happened? For example, there are some drugs found near someone walking down the street. An officer just ...
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Do I have the right to terminate a lease without penalty because I was a victim of domestic assault, and the assaulter is also on the lease?

OK ... so here's the deal. 5 months ago my girlfriend (now ex-girlfriend) and I signed a 1 year lease to rent a house in Arizona with another couple that she has known for many years. The main ...
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Can a cop give a ticket if he's going the other direction?

Recently a high shool friend of mine got nailed with a $450 speeding ticket on a back country road. He'll also have to get pay for the class to get 3 (not sure, might be 4) which is 4 hours on two ...
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Is it illegal to wear a mask while on a public sidewalk in Florida?

According to Chapter 876 Section 12; Wearing mask, hood, or other device on public way.—No person or persons over 16 years of age shall, while wearing any mask, hood, or device whereby any ...
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Police reporting the crimes of police

A supreme court decision says police do not owe a personal duty to individuals. However, police do have an oath of office and duty to the laws of the state. If a police make an unlawful arrest: ...
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Why would a police force hold off on charging someone? Can they do this?

Person A commits an offence on January 1st. The police force have everything they need to charge person A within a few days. Assuming there is no more evidence they can possibly obtain, would they ...
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How can I verify that a uniformed cop is a real cop?

In the state of Connecticut, when a uniformed officer or officers approach, are they required to provide identification showing they are police officers upon request? Anyone can buy a uniform off the ...
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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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Are cops allowed to search my car without asking for my ID first?

Recently, I was pulled over for not using my blinker to pull out of a gas station late at night. In reality, it was an excuse to question me and search my car by a department that had never pulled me ...
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Is it ever legal for a company to instruct employees not to call 911?

First question, is it illegal to prevent someone from calling 911 in the event of an emergency? I'm assuming it is. I had an internship in large corporate buildings and have seen some weird things. ...
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Status of Police “Do not cross” tape in England

Police use plastic tape marked "Do Not Cross" to cordon off an area temporarily. It's clear that this could be useful and convenient while the police are actively dealing with an incident. However, ...
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Would you be convicted of assault, etc. for defending the passenger in the United incident?

I'm wondering what would have happened if one of the passengers who was witnessing the United incident unfold had stepped in and tried to defend the doctor, by force. Note that I'm assuming the ...
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Hit during traffic stop

Ameer is driving in fast traffic on a highway when Bob, a police officer driving behind him, lights up the blues for a traffic stop on reasonable suspicion of speeding. Ameer looks for a safe place ...
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Are the police legally obligated to report an illegal immigrant who reports a crime?

Say that a person is an illegal immigrant in the United States and a crime is committed against them, such as robbery, domestic abuse, etc. If they report the crime to the police, and a police officer ...
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Public Intoxication in Texas [closed]

I was recently arrested for public intoxication after my friend was pulled over about 100 feet from his home. I was a passenger and had consumed 2 mixed drinks before being driven home . Both of the ...
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Are police officers required to wear masks and protective gear when disposing of illegal cannabis?

I'm hoping someone here can help me identify a potential OSHA violation. In these pictures the Kentucky State Police Cannabis Suppression Branch has went on somebody's land and destroyed some cannabis ...
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Is it illegal for police officers to delete video evidence of an arrest?

With how common smartphones are these days, many people film encounters with police officers as evidence in case things go wrong. In stories that make the news, occasionally police dashcam videos show ...
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Can a US President give police a “kill order”?

Warning: spoilers for the TV show Designated Survivor ahead. The American TV drama Designated Survivor is set in a hypothetical world where terrorists have successfully attacked the State of the ...
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Dodging police bullet illegal?

Would dodging, or otherwise itentionally avoiding, being shot by the police be considered resisting arrest? Mainly regarding U.S. law, but interested if any other law adresses this.
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What would have happened to Mel Gibson and Danny Glover in real life?

In "Lethal Weapon 2", the Bad Guy (if memory serves, a diplomat from South Africa?) commits a bunch of crimes; then as he's getting away on a yacht, he taunts Mel Gibson and Danny Glover's policemen ...
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PA Right to Know Law : could a person ask the local police department what records or information they have on a former resident of the town?

This specifically concerns Right to Know Law in the State of Pennsylvania Under PA Right to Know law, could a person ask the local police department what records or information they have on a former ...
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Can illegal aliens claim sanctuary in a church?

This tweet (as quoted in a Washington Post article), seems to suggest that illegal aliens can claim sanctuary in a church: #GuadalupeGarcia attorney says @ICEgov has lied to him and he will advise ...
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Do I need to be co-operative when stopped by a law enforcement officer?

This question asks how you should respond to a police stop, and one of the answers sited what I believe is common wisdom, ie "be co-operative". This got me thinking - what are the advantages of being ...
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Can you legally defend yourself against an attacking police officer?

If a police officer physically attacks you, with or without intent to arrest, can you legally defend yourself? Assume that the police officer punches/kicks/grabs first, and you are not guilty of any ...
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Police jurisdiction outside of their agency's area

In Georgia can a municipal police officer, still in his official cruiser, but outside of the his municipality's limits, pull you over for speeding?
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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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What happens if I shoot a police officer in self-defense during a SWAT raid?

No-knock SWAT raids are very popular, especially in the US. But how do you know that the heavily armed persons are policemen? Isn't it very easy to mistake them for robbers? What if I try to defend ...
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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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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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Police encounter: “Why do you think I stopped you?” Is there any legal downside in answering “I don't know”?

Many police encounters in the United States start with the police officer asking "Why do you think I stopped you?" Is there any legal downside in answering "I don't know"? If state-specific, I am ...
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Legal recourse for neighborhoods facing loud vehicles?

Brief Background I live in a small community with a growing noise problem due to vehicles with custom exhaust systems. To more clearly define the issue I have been collecting data from calibrated ...
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If roommate steals, can police search other people's rooms too (US)?

I was speaking with my friend, who sounded real nervous, saying she thinks her roommate might be stealing from work. It's been going on for a few weeks and she can't tell for sure, because her ...
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What is the procedure to file an RTI act against the police for a case on IPC507?

I have already filed a case on ipc507 in Hadapsar police station in Pune. I have to check the proceedings of the case through the RTI to the Superintendent of the Police. What is the procedure ...
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Serial sexual harassment from disabled person on UC campus

Recently, a post on Facebook from people at a University of California about a man, let's call him Joe, who is allegedly a serial sexual harasser has blown up. Here are the facts about the case: ...
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Is it lawful to publicly show a video of a minor burglarizing one's house?

My friend's house was broken into today, and he captured video of the burglar on his Nest Cam. It alerted him of movement inside his house via his phone, and when he checked the video stream, he saw ...
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SWAT Team Concealing Identity

What gives SWAT team members legal cover to conceal their identities by wearing balaclavas or similar?
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Is there any law (US, UK, or Canadian) that limits the scope of a search, so that unrelated crimes can't be prosecuted?

Are search warrants limited to evidence for a specific crime? For example, assume a search warrant is issued based on probable cause of property theft. While executing this search warrant, the police ...
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Can I legally share online a picture of police officers interacting with individuals in a public place in France?

Is it legal to share online an unblurred picture of police officers interacting with individuals (e.g., to discuss, taze or make an arrest) in a public place in France?
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How do US municipalities get their authority to govern?

Municipalities in the US can: Make laws that apply to all people who find themselves within their boundaries. Tax residents. Tax economic activity (e.g. sales). Arrest people and apply other police ...
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Do law enforcement agencies have to announce DUI checkpoints in advance?

What does the 1990 Supreme Court case out of Michigan which found sobriety checkpoints did not constitute a violation of the fourth amendment require, explicitly or implicitly as the case may be, in ...
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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 ...