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Point of Law: Involuntary Statements During Interrogation

An Eighth Circuit case hinged on whether a suspect could be questioned while under pain meds in the hospital.

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Point of Law: Using Informants to Conduct Searches

While investigating a public employee, the FBI used a disgruntled associate to search for evidence. It didn’t go well.

Point of Law: Drafting Vehicle Pursuit Directives

Agencies can manage risk and provide accountability with a well-written pursuit policy.

Point of Law: Reasonable Force and De-Escalation

A Texas officer was sued after he shot and killed a man who fled a traffic stop with the officer clinging to the Vehicle. Was he entitled to qualified immunity?

Point of Law: Responding to First Amendment Audits

In most cases, people have a right to video officers on duty. Agencies must be prepared to deal with these “auditors” in a constitutionally sound manner.

Point of Law: First Amendment Audits and The Law

Every law enforcement officer needs to know what the courts have said about the public’s right to video you performing your duties.

Point of Law: Suspicious Movements Can Lead to a Reasonable Frisk

Officers can go off of reasonable suspicion To enact a seizure and Terry frisk.

Point of Law: ECW Use and Qualified Immunity

A Wyoming case involving an officer using an electronic control weapon during an arrest is critically important for helping you understand when you can legally use your TASER.

Point of Law: Recent Rulings on Exigency

A 2021 case involving an Iowa police department reveals how the Supreme Court is refining the exigent circumstances exemption.

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Point of Law: The Plain View Exception

A recent eighth circuit court of appeals case is very instructive on when you can seize an object without a warrant.

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