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Non-party SIU Ordered to Produce Witness Statements in Police Litigation

In the recent case McGillivary v. Toronto Police Services Board, 2014 ONSC 865, Master Muir granted the plaintiffs’ Rule 30.10 documentary production motion with regards to evidence obtained by the non-party Special...more

Bad News Barnes and China’s Overseas Efforts to Fight Corruption

I thought about Bad News Barnes whilst reading some recent Financial Times (FT) articles about China’s fight against corruption. They were “China takes its anti-corruption battle to foreign shores” and “China bribe cases pose...more

China Update - September 2014

In This Issue: - U.S-China Relations - Chinese Embassy News - Energy & Environment - Trade - Excerpt from U.S.-China Relations: Ambassador Baucus Remarks on Corruption: On August 15,...more

A Moment of Simple Justice - Ferguson & the Media [Video]

Sept. 16, 2014 (Mimesis Law) -- With the arrests of several journalists during the protests in Ferguson, Scott wonders if the relationship between the police and media has changed. Can the press report the news independent of...more

Virginia Supreme Court Opinions Affecting Local Government Law: September 12, 2014

The Virginia Supreme Court issued opinions Friday morning. After last term issuing no opinions significantly affecting Virginia Local Government Law (at least not in this author’s judgment), this term resulted in two both...more

Law Enforcement Must Preserve Police Camera Video Known to be "Potentially Useful" to the Defense

Court faults officers for failing to preserve video footage and orders charges dismissed - Overview: The Court of Appeal held in a published case that officers violated a defendant’s due process rights by failing to...more

Police Departments Turning to Body-Mounted Cameras

As a regular presenter on use of force tactics to law enforcement academies, I am often asked why all law enforcement agencies have not implemented body-mounted cameras for all uniformed officers. The simple answer is that...more

Appellate Court Rules that Recent Decisions Requiring Search Warrant for Forced Blood Draw or to Search Cell Phones Do Not Apply...

Courts hold that officers may rely on law in effect at the time they conduct a search - Overview: The California Court of Appeal recently held, in two separate rulings, that the recent holdings requiring law...more

Drone on Drones: Government Regulation of Drones in Law Enforcement

While a controversial proposed state bill that would restrict law enforcement agencies’ use of drones is drawing criticism, the federal government is also tackling ways to regulate the use of this new technology. These...more

Police Militarization: The Problem is Optics, Not the Equipment

Police militarization has emerged as a dominant theme in the coverage of civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. That’s for good reason – though not the reason many might think. Just about every televised report on the...more

How to: another lesson on ethics and compliance to combat corruption

Earlier this month, Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old, was shot dead by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri. While the law officials claim that the encounter was a result of provocation on Brown’s part, some...more

Microsoft Ordered to Hand Over Data to the U.S. Government

In April, Microsoft tried to quash a search warrant from law enforcement agents in the United States (U.S.) that asked the technology company to produce the contents of one of its customer’s emails stored on a server located...more

Traffic Ticket Quotas

The policy of assigning quotas for the number of traffic tickets each officer must issue officially ended in Illinois after Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation in June. This is good news for some drivers but ending the policy...more

Police and Body Cameras: Will Cameras Reduce Claims and Increase Transparency?

1600 hours: After briefing, the officer starts her shift. She straps on a body camera. But what next? Can the officer activate or deactivate the recording? Can the footage be deleted during her shift? What if the suspect, the...more

3 keys to preventing problem officers in your ranks

During my 30+ year career in law enforcement, I had the privilege of working with some of the best and brightest investigators in law enforcement. I watched in amazement as crimes were solved and arrests were made by building...more

Status Updates - July 2014 #14

..Going mainstream. For the first time, both Twitter and Facebook are seeing significant growth in online advertising placed by major companies for brands such as Heineken, Tide, McDonald’s, and Charmin. Major consumer...more

What’s in Your Wallet? Who Cares—What’s in Your Cell Phone Is More Important!

The United States Supreme Court has tackled the issue of cell phone privacy and ruled that data is different from other forms of technology. In late June, the Supreme Court issued an opinion: those of David Riley, a...more

Untamed Skies: Domestic Drones Remain Unregulated

What once was a technology confined almost exclusively to military use has now made its way into the hands of businesses, domestic agencies and private hobbyists. Small, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (or UAVs), more commonly known...more

Status Updates - July 2014 #9

..According to a current study by Bank of America, Americans are very closely attached to their smartphones. Of those surveyed, 85 percent said they check their phone at least a few times a day and 35 percent say they check...more

BB&K Police Bulletin: Police Order To Stay Put While Conducting Background Check Is A Seizure Under Fourth Amendment

The Command Can Implicate Municipal Liability - Overview: The Ninth Circuit recently held that, when a police officer orders a suspect to “stay put,” that command constitutes a seizure under the Fourth Amendment of the...more

Supreme Court to Protect Information on Cell Phones

The digital age has created a world in which over-sharing is the norm and electronic devices are capable of storing significant amounts of one’s personal information. However, in an important step to protect the privacy of...more

Appellate Court Notes

SC19047 - Commissioner of Public Safety v. Freedom of Information Commission - 1994 legislation that expanded the disclosure requirements of law enforcement agencies beyond just the name, rank & serial number of the...more

CFPB to Assume a Larger Role in Virtual Currency Initiatives

On June 26, 2014, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) released a report, entitled “Virtual Currencies: Emerging Regulatory, Law Enforcement, and Consumer Protection Challenges.” The report, delivered earlier to...more

Legal Updates for Government Entities Covering May and June 2014

Arizona Court of Appeals (heading) Immunity under A.R.S. § 12-820.03 Glazer v. State of Arizona, --P.3d--, 2014 WL949114 (Ariz.App. 2014) This case arises out of a cross-over crash on I-10 south of...more

Status Updates - July 2014 #2

..The New York Court of Appeals has struck down that state’s “cyberbullying” law in a 5-2 decision, finding that it is overly broad and chills First Amendment-protected speech. The case arose when a 15-year-old boy pleaded...more

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