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Am I legally able to use lethal force against a police officer in defense of another?

Hypothetically, let's say I come across a police officer about to discharge his firearm at a person laying face down on the ground, hands in my clear view, clearly (to me) unarmed and apparently ...
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Under what circumstances is it OK to intentionally drive at people?

If a civilian is driving a car towards a person who is a police officer, that is historically sufficient justification for the officer to apply the instant death penalty against the driver. Even if a ...
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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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Why would you wait for a lawyer before talking with the police if you're innocent? [closed]

Let's say you were arrested and detained for a crime that you didn't commit. The police/detective starts questioning you but before they get anywhere, that old saying of, I want to speak with my ...
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Can anyone prevail against government law enforcement agencies for defamatory press releases?

The following problem is becoming notorious (among first search results: "online guilty before proven innocent"): Police arrest or charge citizen for a crime. Police issue press release about the ...
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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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When do the police get involved and when do they have power to resolve a (non-violent) situation?

I had moved out of shared house with roommates and now live in another shared house with other roommates. Today a police officer came to the door asking to speak to me. The conversation started off ...
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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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Is it legal for a university to tell police and security to not stop a battery on campus?

There is an evidence video showing how BLM protestors invaded a closed, planned and paid event. The security did nothing to help the speaker who was assaulted and battered. According to newspapers, ...
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“Evading” police car (with lights on) before it turns around to follow you

Say you're excessively speeding down a divided highway when a police cruiser passes you on the other side of the median and flips on the lights and sirens. Now of course you assume this is a result of ...
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Can a civilian be liable for acting in an unlawful manner under the command of police officer?

For example: It is illegal to lockout a Tenant from a property in which they claim they are residing in without given notice. The Police officer knew for a fact that this tenant was illegally residing ...
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Does a dog attack warrant immediate police assistance?

Earlier today my mother and I were attacked by a large German shepherd. The owners had left their dog unleashed on their property which has no fences or any division between their large lawn and the ...
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Can someone be arrested for having an extremely offensive google play games id?

Suppose the person have put an offensive name like jihadijohn in this form : j1had1john1s1s will he/she get in trouble with police? If yes then how will it be report it? answer according to india law
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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 ...
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Can police trick you into a confession by pretending to be a lawyer?

I have always been fascinated by the statement that in the United States, police are allowed to lie to you about whatever they want in order to get a confession. This statement is usually made to ...
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How do lawyers get people out of custody?

On TV and in books, you often see someone getting picked by the police, held/interrogated for several hours, until a lawyer appears and forces the police to release them. Is this realistic? How do ...
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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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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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In the US, when and how must police identify themselves during an arrest? What are the remedies?

When and in what manner must police officers identify themselves during an arrest such that a charge of resisting arrest could be sustained against the arrestee in the case that they resist the ...
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When can I legally resist a kidnapping? [closed]

Suppose I'm a letter carrier delivering mail on my New York City route, in uniform, with a clearly marked USPS mail truck, when some jerk driver almost hits me and I give a yell because they should ...
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Is it legal for police to deny protection to an informant despite a known threat?

So, the second season of Daredevil came out today, and internet lowlife that I am I'm already a few episodes in. A pivotal part of the plot involves a criminal who police are well aware would almost ...
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Is it legal to lie to a US federal law enforcement officer?

If a law enforcement officer stops someone on the street and asks questions related to an investigation, the person is not under oath. The person therefore presumably cannot be prosecuted for perjury....
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When can a US police officer stop me from recording our encounter?

During any encounter with a US police officer, under what circumstances would the officer have the right to force me to stop recording our encounter with my smart phone, and can he prevent me from ...
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In what circumstances are police able to stop the traffic for a convoy?

A bit of context: Yesterday I was near oxford street, near a T junction that has traffic lights. A few policemen in motorbikes, using whistles (not sirens) stopped in coming traffic and allowed two ...
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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 law determines when you have been ordered to pull over for a traffic stop?

What laws in the U.S. (specifically, Massachusetts) govern when you need to pull over for a traffic stop? I understand that if a police vehicle comes up behind you with lights flashing it's clear ...
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If police get a search warrant, does it have any limitations? Must the person turn over all passwords?

I'm not sure how to phrase this question and I guess it depends on circumstances. Say the police suspect you of building a bomb and a judge issues a warrant. To what extent can they search you and ...
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Can law enforcement legally force someone to unlock a device themselves in the US?

We're all likely aware of the big Apple vs FBI case where the FBI wants to force Apple to open a back door in its encryption on iPhones, and we'll soon discover what the law will decide on that, but ...
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Is it legal for police to travel with a film crew and publicize arrest footage without consent?

Am I right to assume that police bodycam footage is only allowed to be released as part of a court order / as evidence? If this were true, than wouldn't a news crew accompanying the police officer ...
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Is it legal for police to use their lights to go through a red light?

Many of us have seen this. A police car stops at a red light and after ten seconds with no cross-traffic, they put their lights on only (no siren) drive across the intersection against the red light, ...
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In Victoria are the police allowed to speed to pull over a car that is not attempting to escape from them?

This question is only concerned with the law in Victoria (Australia). Let's say the traffic police spot a car, which is travelling at the speed limit, that they want to stop and question but the ...
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Cop gets beat up at a party and I ran so

If people get into a scuffle and at a small party and a cop friend is around and he gets beat up and knocked cold out, when he awakes can he legally arrest anyone that was there before but not after ...
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Public intoxication on a licenced property

Can i receive my report made by a campus peace officer for public intoxication without providing a lawyer . Do i have rights to this information ? I was never fined at the time . is there a ...
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Can the police gather fingerprints and/or DNA for “exclusionary” purposes without a warrant or arrest?

Occasionally on police procedurals some well-meaning or otherwise bystander disturbs the absolute sanctity of a crime scene before Our Heroes™ can perform a CSI montage. They might be accosted ...
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Video Recording Cops

I was wondering of the USA legalities of maintaining recorded video with audio when it comes to cops pulling you over while driving for whatever reason? I wasn't sure if you have to verbally tell ...
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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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Why can security guards/bar bouncers physically remove a person and it's not considered battery?

This is a follow up to this question about when someone can use force on another person. Are security guards or bouncers, such as at a concert or night club, given special privileges since they work ...
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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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When can someone who's not a police officer use physical force?

When can a civilian use physical force on someone? Are there any other times besides in self defence? Is it legal to use physical force in the event of an emergency, for example if you shove someone ...
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Simple techniques to take away from police officer's credibility

Are there any simple and easy methods to try to detract from a police officer's credibility? I'm interested in the US legal system. Example When challenging a traffic ticket, you can take notes or ...
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Police not accepting “Signature Forgery” report only because in the past we have signed some other authentic papers with perpetrator

One company made us sign Application Form and then they forged our signature on "extension contract" that we never had a chance to see. This forged contract is very disadvantageous to us. Today we ...
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When can a cop force a person to comply?

I've seen many youtube videos where a citizen refuses to answer a cops questions. This one particularly stood out as it seems the person is intentionally trying to get the cops attention then refuse ...
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Trespassing or Public Property?

I'll start with some background info for my question. I'm a photojournalist based in Michigan. I was on (what appeared to be) a public sidewalk. I was taking photos of the Oakland County Jail for a ...
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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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Is a traffic ticket an arrest?

If a police officer gives a motorist a traffic ticket, is that technically considered an arrest? I know that some police behaviors are as follows: Detaining — with reasonable suspicion Investigating ...
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What happens if a driver refuses to sign a speeding ticket?

Hypothetical Facts A driver is pulled over for speeding. The officer writes a ticket and asks the driver to sign it. After questioned by the driver, the officer explains a signature is not an ...
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Can a police officer authorize the sale of a pharmacy's drugs to a suspected criminal without paying for the drugs first?

Can a police officer authorize the sale of a pharmacy's drugs to a suspected criminal without paying for the drugs first? Does this violate the United States or State Constitutions?
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Does a police officer have to get permission to break the law?

Does a police officer require permission before breaking the law? Justice Brandeis states: Decency, security, and liberty alike demand that government officials shall be subjected to the same ...
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How to win against a moving violation ticket that was issued different than what I had allegedly committed?

I was stopped by an officer that claimed I sped over a 30mph speed limit. When he saw that I have a radar detector, he proceeded to "cut me a break" and gave me a ticket for "failed to signal" (but I ...
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Car collision but no damage: Call the police?

Recently one of my friends was involved in a bumper related collision during a rainy day. The collision resulted in no damage to either car. Would my friend at, this point, have been able to: 1. ...