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Missouri 2021 Lesson Summaries

2021 Lesson 15: Legal Update


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This is an online legal update course for Missouri law enforcement officers. The lesson addresses recent court decisions providing guidance to police regarding: how officers should proceed when a Mirandized suspect agrees to talk to officers, but, during questioning, the suspect appears to assert the right to remain silent; whether the plain view doctrine allows an officer to examine glass vials lying on a couch to determine whether they contain illegal substances; whether an officer must have probable cause that there is an emergent threat to individuals in order to conduct a warrantless search or seizure under the exigent circumstances exception to the Fourth Amendment’s warrant requirement; whether an officer may use a violent takedown maneuver on a suspect who is slow to comply with the officer’s instructions, but who is not threatening anyone, not actively resisting arrest, and not attempting to flee; and what must an officer do in a warrant affidavit to show the reliability of information provided by an anonymous source.

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