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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

Maryland v. King: Supreme Court Rules On DNA Collection From Arrestees

The U.S. Supreme Court has recently validated laws permitting law enforcement to take DNA samples from criminal suspects after they have been arrested for serious crimes....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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