The Use by Law Enforcement of Excessive Force and Civil Liability
Police officers using excessive force in making an arrest may be held civilly (if not criminally) liable. Failing to intercede in another officer’s use of excessive force also may also generate civil (and criminal) liability.
An officer asking to check a driver’s license at a DUI checkpoint is lawful
DUI checkpoints, so long as properly conducted, are constitutional. Requiring the driver of a car stopped at a DUI checkpoint to display his driver’s license is also constitutional. Using a minimal amount of physical force to arrest a driver with…
The Use of Social Media and a Public Employee’s Freedom of Speech
The use of social media by a public employee to denigrate minority religious groups may potentially subject the employee to internal discipline by his employer.
Search Warrants and Probable Cause
To be valid, a search warrant must reflect merely a “fair probability” that the items sought will be found in that location described.
Coerced Confessions and Offers of Leniency
Interrogating police officers have no authority to offer criminal suspects leniency in exchange for a confession.