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Iowa Legal Update Lesson Summaries

2020 Lesson 06: 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 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?

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