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Point of Law: Excessive Force and Failure to Intervene
Should Your Agency Resurrect the Use-of-Force Continuum?
Point of Law: Using the Baton

Point of Law: Using the Baton

Your agency's use-of-force policy needs to specify when the baton can be used, the legal justification for its use, and what to do afterward.

August 3, 2020

The Law and the LEOSA Carry Right

The Law and the LEOSA Carry Right

The Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act says that officers and retired officers can carry concealed in all areas of the United States. But it's not that simple.

July 1, 2020

Know the Limits of Your First Amendment Rights
Using Electronic Control Weapons

Using Electronic Control Weapons

Your agency's policy needs to specify in what situations ECWs can be used and the responsibilities of officers for gathering evidence after use.

March 27, 2020

Tactics and Training: Thoughts on Use of Force
When Can You Extend a Traffic Stop?
Shots Fired: Anaheim, California 09/25/2009
Citizen Video Audits: Know Their Rights...And Yours
Little Law Enforcement Lies

Little Law Enforcement Lies

What we tell crooks and citizens is not always wholly truthful, but sometimes it's what they need to hear.

September 13, 2019

Tactics and Training: Legal Grounds for Using Force
Officer, Am I Free to Go?

Officer, Am I Free to Go?

Without reasonable suspicion or probable cause, you cannot legally detain a subject during a consensual contact.

June 13, 2019

Affidavits: Just the Facts

Affidavits: Just the Facts

Embellishing the truth on an affidavit is a good way to be held liable for damages in a lawsuit.

May 23, 2019

Detention Incident to Execution of Search Warrant

Detention Incident to Execution of Search Warrant

The Supreme Court has ruled that you can't detain someone who has left the immediate vicinity of the premises where you plan to execute a search warrant, just because you are executing the warrant.

March 5, 2019