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Iowa Legal Update Lesson Summaries

2022 Lesson 11: Caselaw Update


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This lesson provides guidance to Iowa law enforcement officers on the following topics:

  • May police officers detain and question innocent bystanders who have witnessed a crime?

  • What actions by law enforcement officers constitute a seizure of a package? What justifies the seizure of a package?

  • Does a person have Fourth Amendment protection in his/her hospital room?

  • Is an officer entitled to qualified immunity for shooting a person’s dog when the dog is not an imminent threat?

  • What actions by a suspect will give an officer reasonable suspicion of criminal activity? What officer actions turn a brief investigatory detention into an arrest?

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