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Missouri 2019-2020 Lesson Summaries

2020 Lesson 9: Legal Update


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This is an online, Missouri-specific legal studies course. The lesson addresses recent court decisions providing guidance to law enforcement officers regarding: 

  • Whether a motorist’s touching or crossing of the fog line is a traffic violation; 

  • When an officer may stop a vehicle for a minor traffic violation; 

  • What officer actions amount to a seizure of a suspect; 

  • Whether an unlicensed driver in possession of a rental car has Fourth Amendment protection in the car; 

  • The rights of civilians to observe police activity; 

  • When will an officer accused of retaliatory arrest be entitled to qualified immunity; 

  • Whether officers may be held liable under 42 U.S.C. section 1983 for off-duty conduct; and

  • Whether an officer will be entitled to qualified immunity for using a Taser against a large and athletic man who has previously been non-compliant.

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