Missouri Legal Update

2022 Lesson 3: Legal Update

Legal

Release Date: 

2/1/2022

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.