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Close Encounters With Law Enforcement

Police reports often describe an officer’s initial contact with a citizen as a consensual encounter. And these so-called consensual encounters sometimes result in searches of the person or car and ultimately in arrests....more

BB&K Police Bulletin: Detention and Seizure - Voluntary Relinquishment of Identification Card Does Not Constitute Seizure

Overview: A California appellate court recently ruled that the voluntary relinquishment of one’s identification card, upon request by a law enforcement officer, did not constitute a detention or seizure under the...more

Supreme Court Watch: Employment Cases in 2013

The 2013 U.S. Supreme Court term features several employment law cases important to employers and human resource professionals, including the following significant pending cases...more

BB&K Police Bulletin: DNA Collection - U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Cheek Swab Search

Overview: The United States Supreme Court has upheld a Maryland law authorizing police to collect a DNA sample from suspects charged with violent crimes. Using the cheek swab of an assault suspect in 2009, police were able to...more

BB&K Police Chief Bulletin: Custodial Arrest - Only Three Ways to Support Custodial Arrest for Suspected Infraction

Overview: The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that police could not take into custody a person cited for an infraction (in this case, trespassing) unless the arrestee has no satisfactory identification, refuses...more

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