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What You Need to Know About Racial Profiling Claims

Posted in Criminal Defense,Police on July 22, 2019

Racial profiling by police officers definitely exists in the United States. The reasons for this profiling, and the extent of the issue, are the subjects of considerable debate. Truthfully, these uncertainties make it difficult to establish these claims in civil court. Even though the buren of proof is low, compelling evidence of racial profiling is…

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All the Scenarios When Police Can Lie to You

Posted in Police on September 17, 2018

It may come as a surprise, but police can legally lie to you if it’s for the purpose for solving a crime. In many cases, police use deception as a tactic to resolve a case that may be otherwise unsolvable. This can come in the form of undercover investigations, and interrogations where an officer may…

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Fresno Police Using New Software to Detect if Residents are About to Commit a Crime

Posted in Police on December 30, 2016

In the film Minority Report, Tom Cruise plays a police officer in a futuristic society that’s eliminated crime by using psychic predictions to arrest people before they commit an illegal act. The movie came out in 2002 and seemed to portray a future very distant from our own time. New technology rolled out by one…

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56 Dogs Killed by Police in San Diego County in 5 Years

Posted in Police on October 25, 2016

Residents of California trust state and local police officers to protect and serve – always acting in the best interests of the community. Sadly, police-related pet shootings have shattered this image for dozens of families. When an officer shoots, injuries, and kills a pet, a grieving owner may not know what to do or how…

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Police Using Body Cams Lowers Citizens’ Complaints

Posted in Police on October 11, 2016

Body cams have revolutionized America’s police forces. In the past, officers had a sense of impunity that contributed to police brutality and unnecessary force. After police departments implemented programs with wearable cameras on uniformed officers, this changed. Instead of a cop’s word against a suspect’s, officials can review body cam footage and see the events…

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Watch Out for Plain-Clothed Police Officers on the Road

Posted in Police on August 22, 2016

In late 2015, the San Bernardino police force used a different sort of tactic to catch distracted drivers on the roadways. Officers stood on the side of the road with cardboard signs and radioed patrol cars when they spotted infractions. To the unsuspecting eye, the roadside officer might look like any other homeless panhandler. On further inspection, however,…

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Police Dogs 101: What You Need to Know About These Canine Officers

Posted in Police on May 20, 2016

Dogs aren’t just our best friends; these domesticated animals have served people in countless ways for thousands of years. Today, they help individuals with disabilities – but they also have applications in the military, dating back to World War I, and with our modern police departments. For example, many canines can learn to detect bombs…

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How to Get Police Records in Riverside County, CA

Posted in Police on April 18, 2016

There are many reasons you may need to obtain a police record, especially if you’re involved in a criminal charger or a personal injury lawsuit and need access to police reports of the accident, eyewitness interviews, and detailed evidences. All police departments will provide you with a copy of your full police report upon request,…

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Your Guide to California’s New Police Laws

Posted in Police on January 29, 2016

As of late 2015, California has two new laws regarding police shooting cases and police recordings. Both pieces of legislation were passed in light of the civil unrest and attention to police misconduct around the country. Here’s what you need to know: 1. It’s now illegal for the state to use secretive grand juries to…

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