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<p>Illustration: Sequoia Blankenship</p>

Estate Planning: What Will You Do?  

November 21, 2014

You have a "go-bag" for the rare active shooter and even visualize racing down a school hallway to put a stop to such evil. But do you have a "doomsday file" for your friends and loved ones should something happen to you?

<p>Photo: Amaury Murgado</p>

What Records Wants You to Know  

November 21, 2014

The end of your report is merely the start of a process that involves many gatekeepers. The keys to getting past the gatekeepers are found within your agency's records section.

<p>Photo: 221B Tactical</p>

Glove-Mounted Light: Handy Lighting  

November 21, 2014

It's difficult to perform other tasks when you're holding a light. Officer Suresh Madhavan was tired of finding himself in this dangerous predicament working the midnight shift, so he created the Exxtremity Glove.

Going Big: SUVs for Patrol  

November 12, 2014

Many law enforcement agencies were unsure about what to do next when Ford retired the Crown Vic. Now agencies are buying SUVs to replace sedans for a variety of reasons.

<p>Photo: Mark W. Clark</p>

The 5 Biggest Search-and-Seizure Myths  

November 11, 2014

Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court made the Fourth Amendment exclusionary rule binding on the states in the 1961 decision in Mapp v. Ohio, thousands of published decisions from state and federal courts have applied the exclusionary rule to thousands of searches and seizures. It's no wonder the 50-year tidal wave of exclusionary decisions has left confusion and misunderstanding in its wake. Here are five areas of the law that seem to suffer the most in translation.

Self-Defense Homicide: Whose Truth are We Seeking?  

November 7, 2014

Most lawyers hate surprises. Experienced trial attorneys are like producers of multi-act plays. We script out lines of inquiry, carefully order the exhibits we will use, and prepare for every foreseeable contingency. Yet far too often, those of us who represent or work with law enforcement are surprised by a critical piece of evidence that was not carefully assessed or a witness who was recently discovered that we did not plan for and had not interviewed or deposed.

"Drones" Grounded Until Further Notice  

November 7, 2014

What's keeping law enforcement's unmanned aircraft on the ground is a combination of convoluted regulations and the public's belief that allowing officers to use these little aircraft will violate their civil rights and invade their privacy.

<p>Photo: Ron Martinelli</p>

Investigating Self-Defense Homicides  

November 7, 2014

Contemporary laws pertaining to self-defense such as "Stand Your Ground" and the "Castle Doctrine" represent significant changes to the civil rights of Americans when it comes to defending themselves and others with deadly force. As a result, we have seen extraordinary changes in our criminal justice system. However, such laws are not without their controversy.

It's Not About the Dogs  

November 6, 2014

The point here is that when a police officer shoots and kills a dog, the reaction of the community is not really about the dog. It's about the owner's emotional loss.

<p>Just because a dog looks like a pit bull does not mean it is &quot;vicious&quot; or even &quot;aggressive. You can only judge the animal as a threat by its actions. (Photo: National Canine Research Council)</p>

The Plight of the "Pit Bull"  

November 4, 2014

“My heart goes out to these dogs,” says trainer Brian Kilcommons, who is often called to assess the aggressiveness and socialization of pits. “These dogs are so maligned. They are tortured. They are fought. I cannot tell you how many of these dogs I have trained that make phenomenal pets.”

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