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Little Law Enforcement Lies

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

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Man Charged in Indiana K-9's Death Caused by Crash

A Fort Wayne, IN, man had drugs in his system when investigators say he crashed into a Whitley County sheriff's deputy's car, killing a police dog, according to court documents.

Pennsylvania DA Seeks Gag Order in Trial of Accused Cop Killer

The Allegheny County District Attorney's office on Tuesday filed a request for a gag order in the case against a man accused of killing an off-duty Pittsburgh police officer.

Paralyzed Kentucky Deputy Sues Police Department Over Shooting

A deputy with the Scott County Sheriff's Office who was shot and paralyzed during a joint operation with the Georgetown Police Department is suing the department, claiming that the officer who shot him had only completed basic special response training one month prior to the incident.

CA Governor Signs Law Allowing Citizens to Refuse to Help Police

Governor Gavin Newsom on Tuesday signed into law a bill that would no longer require any "able-bodied person 18 years of age or older" in the state to help an officer who requests assistance during an arrest.

Tactics and Training: Legal Grounds for Using Force

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

Officer, Am I Free to Go?

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

Affidavits: Just the Facts

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

Video: Articulating Interactions with Mentally Ill Subjects Using Mnemonics

Attorney Missy O'Linn discusses the mnemonics that can help officers explain their actions after an incident involving a mentally ill or unstable subject.

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.