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SCOTUS Affirms Police Can Draw Blood From Unconscious Drivers

In a 5-4 vote on Thursday, the Supreme Court upheld a Wisconsin law that says people driving on a public road have impliedly consented to having their blood drawn if police suspect them of driving under the influence. It also said that "exigent circumstances" permit police to obtain a blood sample without a warrant.

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Tactics and Training: Legal Grounds for Using Force

Some agencies have policies and training that are not current with the law.

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.

Supreme Court Considering When Arrests Violate First Amendment

“You can think of it,” Justice Elena Kagan said, “as a case where an individual police officer, you know, decides to arrest for jaywalking somebody wearing a ‘Black Lives Matter’ T-shirt or, alternatively, a ‘Make America Great Again’ cap.”

Why Schools Should Teach Students about Policing and Constitutional Law

I've long held the belief that a year-long civics class should be a requirement nationwide. Further, these classes should include more than just the basic structure of government. Curriculum should incorporate Constitutional Law and Supreme Court cases related to the Fourth and Eighth amendments, as well as police policies, procedures, and practices.

President Trump’s Supreme Court Short List Shrinks

The president may make an announcement about his pick as soon as Monday, some speculate.

Supreme Court Bans Mandatory Fees for Public Employee Unions

The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that police officers, teachers, and other public employees cannot be forced to pay dues or fees to support their unions.

SCOTUS: Tracking Cell Tower Location Data Requires a Warrant

In a 5-4 vote, the United States Supreme Court ruled on Friday that police must first obtain a search warrant before examining location data — cell tower records that can show a person’s movement for long periods of time — stored on a subject’s mobile phone.

Case of CA Deputy Killing Subject Carrying Pellet Gun Headed for SCOTUS

The United States Supreme Court is being asked to shield Deputy Erick Gelhaus from being sued by the parents of Andy Lopez, the 13-year-old who in October of 2013 was carrying a pellet gun that closely resembled an AK-47 when Gelhaus fatally shot him.

Supreme Court Restricts Deportation of Violent Felons

The court, in a 5-4 ruling in which President Donald Trump’s conservative appointee Neil Gorsuch joined four liberal justices, invalidated the provision in the Immigration and Nationality Act and sided with convicted California burglar James Garcia Dimaya, a legal immigrant from the Philippines.