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Iowa Legal Update Lesson Summaries

2020 Lesson 02: Legal Update


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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?

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