Daily Archives: November 15, 2017

Houston Public Media: Report On Body Cameras Asks That Police Officers File Initial Reports Without Reviewing Footage

Houston Public Media: Report On Body Cameras Asks That Police Officers File Initial Reports Without Reviewing Footage by Al Ortiz: It contends the policy used by HPD and other departments can cause inaccuracies

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WaPo: Body searches of 900 Georgia students by sheriff’s office leads to $3 million settlement

WaPo: Body searches of 900 Georgia students by sheriff’s office leads to $3 million settlement by Susan Hogan:

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OH3: Witnessing man walk up to passenger window and reach inside then leave seen from 100 yds away was speculation of a hand-to-hand drug transaction; no RS

The officer was located one hundred yards away from defendant’s car, and he saw a pedestrian walk up to the car, reach inside, turn around, and walk away. The officer could not determine whether an exchange had occurred between the … Continue reading

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NC: Consent sought while officer holding DL wasn’t voluntary because here it was an unlawful seizure

“Defendant’s main argument appears to be that when Officer Sletten failed to return defendant’s identification after finding no outstanding warrants and after the initial reason for the detention was satisfied, he instead requested defendant’s consent to search, the seizure was … Continue reading

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PA: Screams that drowned out officer’s knocking led to exigent entry

“In this case, exigent circumstances justified the officers’ warrantless entry into Appellant’s house. The evidence adduced during the suppression hearing demonstrates that on the evening in question, police officers received reports of someone screaming, someone bleeding, and someone with a … Continue reading

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D.Colo.: Officer’s near complete failure to follow inventory policy showed it was an investigative search

The inventory of defendant’s car was clearly an investigative search, and the lack of any paper inventory and the body camera video prove it. Defendant’s cell phone wasn’t logged in, the officer said, because it was taken into the station … Continue reading

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N.D.Ill.: PO seeing an “unregistered” cell phone was seizure in plain view

Defendant was on supervised release for child pornography and he had a cell phone not listed with US Probation. The phone was seen during a home visit. The PO picked up the phone and turned it on and a picture … Continue reading

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TechDirt: Opinion: DOJ: Civil Asset Forfeiture Is A Good Thing That Only Harms All Those Criminals We Never Arrest

TechDirt: Opinion: DOJ: Civil Asset Forfeiture Is A Good Thing That Only Harms All Those Criminals We Never Arrest by Tim Cushing: In most cases, the agency performing the seizure is allowed to directly benefit from it. Whether it’s used … Continue reading

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Newsweek: LAPD Cop Accused Of Planting Drugs In Man’s Wallet With Body Camera Rolling

Newsweek: LAPD Cop Accused Of Planting Drugs In Man’s Wallet With Body Camera Rolling by Christal Hayes: A Los Angeles police officer allegedly stuffed a baggie of cocaine into a man’s wallet after picking it up off the ground - while … Continue reading

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