Iowa Legal Update
2021 Lesson 4: Caselaw Update
This is an online, Iowa-specific legal studies course. The lesson addresses recent court decisions providing guidance to Iowa law enforcement officers regarding the following questions:
When will officers who mistakenly arrest the wrong person be denied qualified immunity in a civil lawsuit?
When may an officer briefly seize and investigate a person filming police activity? When will an officer be denied qualified immunity for seizing a person’s cell phone?
When, under the community caretaking exception to the warrant requirement, may an officer briefly seize a person in a parked car?
When may an officer enter a person’s home and take the person into custody for an involuntary mental health evaluation?
When must an officer give Miranda warnings? What factors do courts consider when determining if a confession was made voluntarily?