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What should you do if an officer leaves a traffic stop?

It takes the officer seconds to say "stay here" or "you can leave". It's more likely that the motorist misheard. Call 911 from your cell phone or nearest phone and ask for ...
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Can authorities pursue you across state lines for something that's illegal in their state but legal in the other state?

In the U.S., in the event of a hot pursuit (i.e. It's a car chase, and the suspects are racing to the border Thelma and Louise Style) the pursuing Law Enforcement Officers are permitted to continue ...
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If the police ask you a question, what response can you make that can't be used as evidence against you?

canada A person need not say anything. See R. v. Turcotte, 2005 SCC 50 at paras. 55-56: ... Conduct after a crime has been committed is only admissible as “post-offence conduct” when it provides ...
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Is there a law that punishes cowardly cops?

The only time cops are violating the law for cowardice is when they fail to intervene in misconduct by another cop, see, e.g., here at page 10 (two police carry out a blatantly unlawful arrest, but ...
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Is Entrapment illegal by the officer committing it?

australia Entrapment of itself, is not illegal However, it is likely that in using entrapment, police may commit other crimes The leading case on point is Ridgeway v The Queen. Unlike the US, evidence ...
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Is Entrapment illegal by the officer committing it?

It depends on where you are. In the US, entrapment is a defense to a criminal charge. There is a threshold question: is "solicitation" sufficient encouragement, there must be "...
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Can a corrupt sherriff cause all cases from a department to be dismissed?

Can a corrupt sheriff cause all cases from his department to be dismissed while he was in charge? There have been cases of mass dismissals when the corruption by the law enforcement officer involves ...
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Can a corrupt sherriff cause all cases from a department to be dismissed?

No. The fact that a defendant was assaulted or otherwise mistreated in jail has no bearing on his culpability for the crimes that he's been accused of. A prosecutor would remain free to continue ...
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Can a corrupt sherriff cause all cases from a department to be dismissed?

In modern American Policing, Sheriff's are elected officers, while deputies are appointed and are career (usually). Typically, Sheriffs are the highest law officer in a county (Save for Virginia) and ...
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Can a corrupt sherriff cause all cases from a department to be dismissed?

It's safe to assume that if leadership at a department is corrupt. Rank & File officers were likely corrupt as well. No, that would be an assumption of guilt for those "rank & file" ...
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Can Police legally search inside apartment residences for a suspect without a warrant and without consent?

The Supreme Court has ruled that warrentless searches may be made under certain defined exigent circumstances which include imminent danger to the public, imminent destruction of evidence, immense ...
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Can Police legally search inside apartment residences for a suspect without a warrant and without consent?

So in effect, the suspect has "lost" or "eluded" the police, and disappeared into an apartment complex. From a 4th Amendment perspective, that's no different than disappearing into ...
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How does the USA allow so many legally illiterate police officers?

Your appraisal is unjustly harsh, though not incomprehensible. A surprising number of lawyers are legally illiterate, in the same sense, even Supreme Court justices have to be told what the law is in ...
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Are police legally obligated to read warrants out to you if asked?

england-and-wales No. The only1 requirement is for the officer serving the warrant to show the occupier the original and provide a copy or, if there's no one in, to leave it in a prominent position as ...
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Are police legally obligated to read warrants out to you if asked?

If the police have a valid warrant, they can search the premise. The primary procedural distinction on the execution of the warrant is that "knock and announce" can be a component of a ...
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If police seize property that is not on a warrant can you accuse them of theft?

england-and-wales It depends on what the property is, and why the police seized it. In addition to any power granted by a warrant, the police have what's colloquially termed the general power of ...
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If police seize property that is not on a warrant can you accuse them of theft?

Police liability under state law has meaningful variation from state to state. Most prominently, one could seek to regain possession of property unlawfully taken that belongs to the person bringing ...
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