Iowa Legal Update Lesson Summaries
2020 Lesson 06: 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 an officer who approaches a parked car “seize” the car’s occupants?
What is the scope of an officer’s duty to verify a person’s identity before arresting the person pursuant to an arrest warrant?
What factors do courts consider when determining if a person has given voluntary consent to a home search?
When will law enforcement officials be entitled to qualified immunity against a student’s claim the officer used excessive force to seize him/her in school?
What are the rights of civilians to observe police activity?