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Missouri 2021 Lesson Summaries

2021 Lesson 3: Legal Update


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This is an online, Missouri-specific legal studies course. The lesson addresses recent court decisions providing guidance to Missouri law enforcement officers regarding:

  • When does an officer have probable cause to arrest a suspect for driving while intoxicated if a short time passes between the time an accident occurs and the time the officer first contacts the driver?

  • When may an officer stop someone as part of the officer’s community caretaking function?

  • When is it unreasonable for an officer to use deadly force against an intoxicated person or person experiencing a mental health crisis?

  • Under what circumstances is it reasonable for an officer to tase a suspect?

  • Does qualified immunity shield law enforcement officers from liability when they improperly disclose private information about individuals?

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