Missouri 2019-2020 Lesson Summaries
2020 Lesson 12: Legal Update
This is an online, Missouri-specific legal studies course. The lesson addresses recent court decisions providing guidance to law enforcement officers regarding:
When an officer may stop a car that is registered to someone who does not have a valid driver’s license.
What circumstances will provide reasonable suspicion that justifies a traffic stop.
When officers are interrogating a suspect in custody, what comments by the suspect amount to a request to have a lawyer present during questioning.
What types of behaviors by officers will violate a suspect’s right to have an attorney present during custodial interrogation.
When officers may conduct more than one pat-down search on a subject.
When may an officer enter a home under the community caretaking exception to the warrant requirement.
When may an officer search that home under the exigent circumstances exception to the warrant requirement.
When will officers who restrain a person in a prone position be entitled to qualified immunity from a lawsuit alleging excessive force.