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Missouri 2022 Lesson Summaries

2022 Lesson 3: Legal Update



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This is an online legal update course for Missouri police officers. The lesson addresses recent court decisions providing guidance to law enforcement officers regarding: 

  • whether the failure to give a barricaded suspect Miranda warnings will render the suspect’s statements to a crisis negotiator inadmissible; whether a conversation between two officers will constitute an interrogation of the prisoner they are transporting; 

  • whether motorists can be so intoxicated that they lose their capacity to provide a valid refusal of implied consent; when an officer will have probable cause/reasonable grounds upon which to arrest the motorist for driving while intoxicated; 

  • how understanding the concept of “clearly established law” can help officers avoid excessive use of force lawsuits against them;

  • how a general description of a getaway vehicle and the vehicle's temporal (relating to time) and geographic proximity to a crime scene can factor into whether an officer has reasonable suspicion to make a Terry stop; and 

  • circumstances under which an officer will have reasonable, articulable suspicion to justify extending a traffic stop.

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