Iowa Legal Update Lesson Summaries
2020 Lesson 02: Legal 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 does a law enforcement officer violate the Fourth Amendment by extending a traffic stop to investigate suspected drug activity?
May probation/parole officers ever enter a residence without a warrant?
May officers ever handcuff a person for officer safety purposes without arresting him/her?
When may officers enter a home under the community caretaking exception to the warrant requirement?
When will an officer accused of using excessive force for deploying a Taser be entitled to qualified immunity?
When will officers who use deadly force to seize a suicidal person be entitled to qualified immunity?